In response to the Harare Water crisis that saw the city shut down its water plant Morton Jaffray, President Mnangagwa has ordered an urgent allocation of US$9,3 million to Harare City Council.
This was revealed by Local Government Minister July Moyo who said:
The project was initiated by the Harare City Council, but later on, the President took over after realising the urgent and dire water situation in Harare after he visited Morton Jaffray
It was during the visit to Morton Jaffray that the bottlenecks to Harare water supplies were identified, which then resulted in the President directing that US$9,3 million must be urgently allocated for purchasing of the equipment.
The Minister also spoke about replacing damaged infrastructure which is used to pump water to the City and said:
The second problem was the 14 pump sets and starters at Warren Control Station, which distribute the bulk of the water to Harare and these needed to be replaced.
The balance of the remaining items required for the project has been manufactured and is in transit. The project duration will be around six months as planned, although we will put into consideration some of the complications being experienced because of COVID-19
Last year during the dry season Harare Water also shut down the same plant due to the same problem.