The Sunday News
Sharon Chimenya, Masvingo Correspondent
THE Masvingo City Council has been failing to connect water to two streets in Morningside which is under its jurisdiction for more than 40 years and has since tasked the Acting Director of Engineering Services to investigate the issue.
Over the years, the city council has been struggling to provide the needed 30 mega litres of water per day and has been rationing water. The two streets which are in Morningside, Ward 10 are said to have not been connected to the municipal water since Independence in 1980.
According to the latest council minutes, the Public Works and Planning Committee has since called upon the Acting Director of Engineering Services, Engineer Kudzaishe Mbetu to investigate the matter.
“The committee raised concern about the two streets in Morningside which had not been connected to municipal water since 1980. It was agreed that the Acting Director of Engineering Services should look into the matter, with a view of connecting the residents to the municipal reticulation.
The committee resolved to recommend that the Acting Director of Engineering Services be instructed to look into the feasibility of connection to the municipal reticulation in phases, to properties in the two streets in Morningside.”
Meanwhile, the Finance and General Purposes committee has urged institutions most of which are Government departments to settle their arrears to ensure smooth service delivery in the city.
The Government departments who are part of the institutional debtors were reported to have pledged their commitment to settle their arrears with the city council. The Acting Director of Finance Mr Danister Jori was advised to engage institutions to settle their arrears. Institutional debtors have a huge chunk of unsettled debts.