The District Development Fund (DDF) has been allocated $1 million for 15 boreholes to be sunk in Glen View suburb in Harare.
The high-density suburb has experienced repeated cholera outbreaks due to shortages of clean drinking water.
Speaking at a drilling site in Glen View 1 on Friday, acting permanent secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Wilfred Kachitsa said:
The reason we are here is to avert the possibility of water-borne diseases. We are here to drill 15 boreholes throughout Glen View constituency which could alleviate the likelihood of water-borne diseases because of the water shortages that have been announced in this particular area.
There is a budgetary allocation of $1 million that has been availed by Government through Treasury to address the crisis that is looming within the area.
Speaking at the same occasion, DDF director (water supplies and maintenance) Edwin Toriro revealed that the department has done more than 100 boreholes in Harare. He said:
We are going to set up seven boreholes in Glen View 1 and 8 in Glen View 7. So far we have drilled two boreholes out of the targeted 15. We hope by Monday next week; we should complete at least five.
A by-election is set to be held in Glen View South constituency in September this year after the seat fell vacant following the death of Susan Tsvangirayi Java (MDC Alliance) who was the sitting MP.