People selling buckets of water to desperate residents in Chitungwiza reportedly doubled the price of water they are selling for reasons best known to them, The Herald reports.
A 20-litre bucket of water which was going for $5 to $10 per bucket is now selling for anything between $15 and $20 according to the publication.
The acting town clerk Dr Kasu spoke to the publication about the water barons and said most of them who were operating in Chitungwiz’s pubic water points were politically connected and said:
The menace is emanating from water barons even from the few public water points that are operating in Chitungwiza. We have a serious case of water barons some of whom are politically connected and are abusing their political connectedness to do their crude acts
Kasu also said they were trying to address the problem by drilling 25 more boreholes for the satellite town.
As Chitungwiza, we are a local authority, we are not a water authority, we are dependent on the City of Harare for supplies of treated water.
Given that supplies of water from City of Harare to Chitungwiza have been erratic, it is, therefore, important to appreciate that some of the challenges with respect to water supply in Chitungwiza have been beyond our control.
The council is also pinning its hopes on the construction of Muda Dam which will be used by the municipality to provide the town with running water.
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