RBZ Releases Forex For Water Treatment After Mayor Admits That Water Is Unfit for Human Consumption

Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has revealed that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has approved foreign currency payments for the supply of water treatment chemicals. This comes after Manyenyeni warned residents that the city of Harare could not guarantee the quality of its water. However, Manyenyeni cautioned that the city does not yet have all the water treatment chemicals in stock.

Writing on Facebook, Manyenyeni said:

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It is not a bad way to end the year when the Reserve Bank Governor (John Mangudya) phones to say that 2 days ago he released FOREX payments to two of the suppliers of water treatment chemicals for the City.

He promised to avail a fixed amount a week for this critical need.  I indicated that it was less than half of our needs. He then agreed to fund our full FOREX requirements for water treatment. He warned that the City had better have the local equivalent when USD is availed.  He went on to mention our staff salaries as unsustainable.

I will meet the Acting Town Clerk on Tuesday to unpack the numbers and impact on water supply and quality. It DOESN’T mean that all chemicals are now in stock!  I did indicate to my Acting Town Clerk that in crisis situations like these we hold meetings 24/7.

I am reminded of the former Town Clerk Dr Mahachi who refused to join me for a flood crisis in Warren Park suburb 3 years ago. The remark:

“Mayor don’t call us for these things over weekends. You won’t get anyone – we will be at our farms!”

Bernard ManyenyeniReserve Bank of ZimbabweJohn Mangudya

Bernard (Ben) Manyenyeni, the former Mayor of Harare, is a Zimbabwean business executive, politician and MDC-T member. As a businessman, his career spans over 25 years in the financial services sector, largely managing group pension funds. He was the Mayor of Harare from 2013 to... Read More About Bernard Manyenyeni

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is the central bank of Zimbabwe. Its offices are located at number 80 Samora Machel Avenue in Harare. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe operates under the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act, Chapter 22: 15 of 1964. The Act provides... Read More About Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

John Panonetsa Mangudya is an economist and the current Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor. Mangudya, who sits on many local and international boards .He was made RBZ governor after the expiry of Gideon Gono's term in 2014. He had been CBZ Holdings Ltd Chief Executive... Read More About John Mangudya

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