No water for PM’s visit

The council here that is owed up to $7 million by defaulting ratepayers says that it will not bend to pressure from residents to stop water cuts ahead of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s visit this week.

Farai Nyandoro
Farai Nyandoro

Marondera is an agriculturally-sustained town that is suffering the ill effects of the land reform programme. Most of its 75 000 residents are unemployed and have no way of paying their rates bills.

Farai Nyandoro, the town mayor, said that his council would not pursue populist policies detrimental to the council’s operations.

“We do not want to please the Prime Minister who is coming on Saturday. We are not a populist organisation and we have our role that is to follow the council law. At the moment we are enforcing the budget that was approved by the residents by cutting water supplies,” he said.

According to Marondera town officials, some residents have not paid for services since the introduction of the US dollar in 2009. This has, in turn, compromised the town’s ability to pay for services such as electricity.

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