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Harare bad water: RBZ releases cash for the purchase of chemicals

31/12/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
Promised ... RBZ boss, John Mangudya
 
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THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has released foreign currency to the Harare City Council's water treatment chemicals suppliers a day after Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was berated by residents over the quality of water.

Manyenyeni was forced to make a State of the City address after a social media outcry with videos and pictures of dirty water circulating amid anger from residents.

The Mayor then issued a stunning caution warning the City could not guarantee the safety of its water.

But Saturday afternoon Manyenyeni, in an update on his Facebook page, announced he had received assurances from RBZ Governor John Mangudya that the Apex Bank would avail money for the purchase of chemicals.

"It is not a bad way to end the year when the Reserve Bank Governor phones to say that 2 days ago he released foreign currency 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," Manyenyeni said.

He added that he had indicated to Mangudya that whatever had been availed would only cover half of the city's requirements.

"He (Mangudya) then agreed to fund our full foreign currency requirements for water treatment.

"He warned that the city had better have the local equivalent when US dollar is availed," the Mayor said.

Manyenyeni has had public spats with councilors and management over the city's bloated wage Bill and seems to have support from Mangundya.

"He (Mangudya) went on 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," Manyenyeni added.

The Mayor added "It DOESN'T mean that all chemicals are now in stock!"

Manyenyeni did not miss the chance for pot-shots at former Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi who he said had, during floods, refused to meet the Mayor arguing:

"Mayor don't call us for these things over weekends. You won't get anyone - we will be at our farms!"

 



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