Mr Muzuva disclosed this when councillors were discussing the setting up of a Harare Water Utility board to run the affairs of the city's water department.
"According to the unsigned negotiations, a
"The firm Neoparagon will take 70 percent profits while the
He however said council needs to scrutinise the deal before signing as it seemed skewed in favour of the Asians and could result in the privatisation of water, which residents could not afford.
Already council has been forced to shelve plans to install pre-paid water meters after facing stiff resistance from residents who feel this would put the cost of water beyond reach of the poor, thereby taking away a key basic human right.
Mr Muzuva said there was need for due diligence and that this could only come with full disclosure on the part of the administration.
"There is need for us to be enlightened on this issue. It was done a month before we took over. We need to be furnished with all the necessary information so that we deliberate on it," said Muzuva.
The deputy mayor concurred with advice given to Mayor
"The minister was somehow correct in him advising to wait for the appointment of directors because if we handle it as a council, some stakeholders will not be present," he said, adding that the decision on the deal must include input from
According to Mr Muzuva, Dr Chombo reportedly advised that water was a national issue which should involve the relevant ministry which has a greater interest in water.
Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Engineer
"The ministry is aware that several parties have been looking for various ways of developing the
Kunzvi Dam, to be built at the confluence of Nyaguwe and Nora rivers in Goromonzi district, falls in a different catchment area from Chivero, Manyame, Seke and Harava dams that derive their water from Manyame River. Once completed, the dam is expected to ease water problems faced by residents of
Kunzvi Dam has been on the drawing board from as far back as the 1990s, when the then
Council minutes indicate that most councillors were of the view that the Harare Water Utility board, which does not involve other stakeholders, be put in place before finalisation of the
The minutes read in part, "A resolution that the Harare Water Board of Directors be put in place within two weeks after the June
Acting Town Clerk
"It was council's view that the Board of Directors would superintend the affairs of the utility to ensure that operations as well as service delivery was to the satisfaction of
She said the water issue in
As previously reported in this paper, the
The city's water demand is 1 200 megalitres per day and several suburbs in the city like Mabvuku, Tafara and other nothern areas and the satellite town of Chitungwiza go for long periods with no water.
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