Water meter installation illegal

The ongoing installation of pre-paid water meters is a unilateral and illegal decision that has sidelined MDC-T councillors.

Ignatius Chombo
Ignatius Chombo

In a statement, the opposition party said it was opposed to the installation of the meters saying that had been initiated by local government minister, Ignatius Chombo.

“The MDC wishes to make it clear that as pro poor party, it is totally against the installation of prepaid meters to residents.

“The party maintains that clean water is a basic right for every one and should be made available without any conditions such as would make it difficult for people to access,” said the party.

It added: “We want to categorically express that the issue of water meters is an initiation of the central government through the Zanu (PF) local government minister Ignatius Chombo, who ostensibly is working in cahoots with council secretariat such as the town clerks of cities.”

The party regretted “Chombo’s unorthodox move (which) has completely sidelined the MDC councillors and therefore is illegal” and vowed “to do everything possible to stop this illegal project meant to disenfranchise residents of a basic right like water.”

The MDC-T said it was “unreasonable” for Chombo to embark on the expensive exercise that would prejudice already struggling municipalities of millions of dollars but did not explain how.

“We call upon Chombo and his local authorities’ secretariat to commit whatever resource is available to providing residents with basic services, like provision of clean water and collection of refuse.

“The MDC is committed to the creation and sustenance of a local government system that enjoys the confidence of the people of Zimbabwe through its capacity to deliver quality services democratically, proactively and always mindful of its accountability to the local people,” said the opposition movement.

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