PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe said his government will put in place mechanisms to upgrade water and sanitation infrastructure in urban areas especially Harare and Bulawayo to improve service delivery.
Mugabe said Harare and Bulawayo residents have endured perennial water shortages due to lack of capacity of local authorities and the poor state of sanitation and water-related infrastructure.
“I am pleased to note that disbursement of a $144 million loan facility from China for the upgrading of Harare’s water and sanitation infrastructure will commence soon,” Mugabe said.
“In addition, the city will, in collaboration with an identified partner, implement a revamped water service delivery plan. The plan will see the construction of three new dams and additional water treatment plants over a period of several years. This is expected to significantly improve water supply in the city. It is my hope that such turnaround initiatives will be replicated in Bulawayo and other cities.”
Mugabe said he was pleased the electricity supply situation had improved over the past years owing to expansion at Hwange and Kariba power stations, but added that his government would work extra hard to improve the power generation capacity of the country.
“Exploitation of the abundant solar energy will also be stepped up, following the receipt of over 500 mobile solar units from the People’s Republic of China,” Mugabe said.
Mugabe also said measures were afoot to introduce mandatory blending of petrol to the levels of E20.
“Such a move will ensure fuel efficiency and, more importantly, the project will trigger incremental job creation, thereby guaranteeing decent livelihoods for local communities and other citizens,” Mugabe said.
The Zanu PF leader also pledged to speed up the dualisation of the country’s highways, adding that the Zimbabwe National Road Authority would eventually take over collection of toll fees from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
WHAT MUGABE PROMISED
revival of the industrial sector
funding agriculture and improving food security
improving the water and sanitation situation in Harare and Bulawayo
stamping out corruption in public and private sectors
presenting opportunities in the area of information communication technology
revamping of parastatals