CHRA held public meetings in the high density suburbs of Mufakose, Rugare, Mabvuku, Tafara, Hatcliffe, Sunningdale and Highfield.
The residents said that pre-paid water meters will take away their right to water as most of them would not afford pre-payment of water given the current state of the Zimbabwean economy.
“At the moment we are failing to pay for pre-paid electricity because we have no money. Pre-paid water meters will basically mean that we will not be able to access water. As for electricity, there is always a substitute but that is not the case with water,” said a Mabvuku resident.
The residents noted that plans by the Harare City Council “to impose” pre-paid water meters must be resisted.
“The biggest problem is the failure by the council to consult us on this programme. If the truth be told, residents are against pre-paid water meters but we hear council saying that they will be going on with installation of these pre-paid water meters. We should stand up and resist the imposition of theses pre-paid water meters,” said a Mufakose resident.
The sentiments from the Harare residents go against statements from Town House that there is “overwhelming demand” for the pre-paid water meters.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Dzivarasekwa, Omega Hungwe, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Local Government, is on record saying that government must stop the installation of pre-paid water meters as they go against citizens’ constitutional right to water.
In a desperate attempt to justify the imposition of the pre-paid water meters, Harare City Council Spokesperson, Michael Chideme last week announced that there was huge demand for the pre-paid water meters.
CHRA reiterates its position that pre-paid water meters amount to privatization of water and as such, must be resisted.
Introduction of pre-pad water meters will violate citizens’ right to water and consequently, undermine public health.Post published in: Environment