Concern over slow MZWP progress as Bulawayo runs dry

Concern over slow MZWP progress as Bulawayo runs dry
Published: 04 February 2019
Bulawayo residents have expressed concern over the slow progress in implementing the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (MZWP), which has been touted as the answer to the region's water crisis.

MZWP is an ambitious project to draw water from the Zambezi River to Bulawayo and parts of Matabeleland North Province to end the perennial water shortages bedevilling Zimbabwe's second city.

This comes as Bulawayo City Council recently introduced a 36-hour water-rationing programme.

 The project was first mooted in 1912.

Residents told Southern Eye last week that the project has taken too long to implement.

"We demand answers from (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa, how can we develop in the region when there is no water? This is one of the reasons why some of the youth were involved in looting because they are frustrated with failure to secure jobs. They are graduates, but are not working. Some of them are now 35 years old and they have no hope that they will ever be employed in their lifetime,'' Smile Ndlovu said.

Residents believe that bringing water from the Zambezi River has the capacity to revive industry in the province.

Another resident said the government should honour its promises and implement devolution as a matter of urgency.

"People have spoken; it is there in the Constitution. They want devolution like yesterday