Mutare moves to improve water service


MUTARE’S perennial water woes will soon be a thing of the past as the local authority has set aside $1,2 million to source additional material required to complete the Dangamvura water pipeline project.


Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare confirmed the development yesterday.

“We are in the process of procuring materials to complete the Dangamvura water pipeline. All the tender procedures were done and are complete,” he said.

“We just need close to $1,2 million and have agreed payment conditions with the supplier. We will start payment using internal resources while negotiations with potential funders continue.”

In another development, Nhamarare said the council had bought used trucks, loaders and bulldozers from the now-defunct Mbada Diamonds Holdings and DTZ, as the local authority moves to improve service delivery in the city.

“We bought two tipper trucks and one back hole loader, two bulldozers plus a big front-end loader. We bought these items from Mbada Diamonds through their local auctioneer and dozers we bought from Russians through their company DTZ. All this equipment is meant to improve road maintenance and servicing our land,’’ he said.

United Mutare Residents’ Trust programmes officer Edson Dube welcomed the move.

“It’s good because this will help us to improve service delivery. But our only concern is: Were the procurement procedures followed? We are urging our local municipality to come forward with the information, our concern is accountability,’’ he said.