Bulawayo runs dry, as ED holds rally

BULAWAYO City Council last weekend embarked on a massive water-shedding programme, which coincided with the Zanu PF rally at White City Stadium on Saturday.


Residents in the western suburbs, including Entumbane, Iminyela, Njube, Pelandaba and Emabuthweni, have reportedly gone for more than three days without water amid speculation that the local authority deliberately intended to send a signal to central government that all was not well in the city.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the rally on Saturday accused the MDC-T-led Bulawayo City Council of tormenting residents through water disconnections and called for the electorate to vote them out to resolve the water woes.

Ward 13 Pelandaba councillor Lot Siziba confirmed the reports of water problems and scoffed at Mnangagwa’s remarks, who said: “Bulawayo councillors must all be chucked out.”

Siziba said the Zanu PF presidential candidate was day-dreaming.

“I heard from the residents that there was no water since Thursday and this was due to water pipe bursts, as the piping is too old, since they were installed in 1952. They are the ones (Zanu PF government) who take the council funds to Harare and they now want to put the blame on us. This is why we say we want devolution of power,” he said.

“Had it been that we are ruling ourselves, we could have changed these pipes a long time ago. It’s only that we are being sidelined and BCC is running short of staff. This is why they are failing to manage these water pipe bursts.”

Entumbane councillor Gladys Masuku said the problem had since been rectified as of yesterday after consultations with the engineer.

“I am also concerned about the water pipe burst problems as the pipes are very old and they need to be changed. This should not be taken as a political gimmick, as if this was meant to sabotage the rally. Why are we always being blamed? The statements made by the President during the rally were meant to tarnish our image,” she said.
“Even in Harare, they are also blaming the city fathers there, which is not good.”

Ward 1 councillor Mlandu Ncube had similar sentiments on devolution of power.

“The bad person is the person who closed our industry and is refusing devolution and that person is a member of Zanu PF,” he said.


  1. complaining of 3days of no water when some areas have gone for years lets be a bit serious

  2. If mismanagement of the City is blamed on the party that runs the institution then we should be able to blame Zanu Pf for poor governance that has led the country to its knees.

  3. ED is not part of Bulawayo City Council board members and councilors, i don’t want to mention their PARTY

  4. Comment…aaaaaa taking funds to Harare seriously uuuuum how

    1. The Mugabe regime required that all revenue generated by local authorities had to be submitted to the national treasury in Harare from where such funds were distributed to national projects at the discretion of the minister concerned. Bulawayo in particular received very little of that which it remitted to the government.

  5. some people have rotten minds saka mapipe emvura angatange kudhuuka nekuti ZANU PF iri kuita rally eish vamwe vanhu

  6. Matebeleland people blame everything wrong on Harare…chero mwana akaita poo mu diaper zvinongonzi Harare…so shallow.

  7. these are just saboteurs with political interests who cause this for de-campaigning our president cde ED Munangagwa. so we Zimbabweans, lets remain focused for the betterment of our country.

  8. but honestly i dont know what the problem is with the councils. surely when the president is coming. it is some sort of attack on the campaign trail of the president. nonetheless we will soldier on as a united part. pasi nevasingade progress

  9. this is not political dont put the Blame on ED. The city council is responsible. thank you for exposing Bulawayo city council weaknesses. they closed the water before the rally was conducted.

  10. Zvevanoendesa mvura zvava zvimweo isu as vanhu veZANU PF we know our mandate which is kupinza ED muhofosi pana 30 july… lets stay focused ZANU PF woyeeeeee

  11. Hondo Zvenyika

    ED is not part of the byo council the council ine ma MDC who planned t sabotage Zanu Pf bt the gd thing is tt their act zvinoita kuty next time vasavhoterwa.

  12. 😂😂liyabheda yaz khona likhuluma khathesi iproblem yamapipes juc because Mnangagwa had a rally in Byo how come amapipes lawa ebengela problem engakabuyi uED lingazohlanya

  13. even before Christ water was at times scarce so zvashamisa nhasi because there is Ed you guys wake up and think deep your thoughts are just too shallow..stop blaming all on him he has nothing to do with the bulawayo waters you know who is responsible.

  14. It is not a scret that the Bulawayo city councils under the leadership of MDC personalities; have all failed the city. They displayed gross incompetance.

  15. poor sabotage from the MDC run councils… Making people suffer just to persue their own intrests

  16. Kokerai Chisvo

    Mabasa emaMDC councillors akuita kuti mvura ivharwe yet they claim to be wrkin this is a wake up call Bulawayo let’s vote Zanu PF councillors 30 July

  17. Ahhh these MDC dominated councils are a hinderance to our progress


  19. let us work on important issues other than pointing fingers.The president has nothing to do with the water issue

  20. Bulawayo city council mune basa ipai vanhu mvura dnt waste your time blaming ED.

  21. Vele we are not serious …we should focus more on distributing ama services equally… If our leaders are not working then we must not just sit back and see this going on

    1. kuvharwa kwemvura does not have anything to do with the leader, Bulawayo city council must be their duty to repair those minor faults

  22. that has nothing to do with zanu pf .Otherwise mdc keep it up rambai muchivara and we wll definately know that njube,phelandaba etc are all ours .coz apana asingazvizivi kuti mabasa eMDC AYO

  23. why should he not condemn what is bad if the issue is bad. Even chamisa their party leader said they should deal with those kinds of councilors for they are doing more harm than good. mdc councilors are so disorganized and their are mismanaged. boot them out this coming elections

  24. Aladin Aladin

    Most if not all city councils have fails the government because they are mostly dominated by mdc.There should be auditing at its best and fire every incompetents and restructure the positions.

  25. Its the local authority’s duty to consult the central authority when there is problems like that not to just keep queit because President havafembere …MDC T councilors should be serious!

  26. Councillor Masuku, the President’s remarks had no intention what so ever to tarnish you image. What tarnishes your image is your negligence. provide the services that is why you we given the job

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