Fourteen Years Down The Line No Water Connections Still Worries Mbundani Residents

Nompilo Mathuthu

14 years after they settled in the high density suburb of Mbundane residents still do not understand why the water connection conflict has not been resolved between the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and Umguza Rural District Council (URDC).

The high density suburb in Bulawayo’s Upper Rangemore area since it’s establishment in 2006 has been dogged by misunderstandings between the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and (URDC) on which jurisdiction of authority it falls under.

One resident told Skyz Metro FM news that although of late they had accepted their water woes ,due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown they are finding it difficult to access water from other suburbs.

” The problem has been there since 2006 and we had got to a point where we were now okay with it until the Covid-19 virus came . The Council and Umguza throw responsibility on each other . They need to unite and find a lasting solution . We have even lost hope that we will have water anytime soon .”

He said they usually buy water from Nkulumane and Emganwini suburbs but now because of restrictions people are now reluctant to allow people to queue at their homes for water.

Maria Gono said there is only one community borehole which was drilled in 2014 but it cannot service the whole suburb.

“We have a serious water and sanitation problem we are using blair toilets which we fear may lead to a serious health hazard considering that our houses are built on wetlands .”

In a letter responding to a series of questions by residents on service delivery , the Bulawayo City Council reiterated that it was not responsible for Mbundane suburb. It highlighted that Mbundane falls under the Umguza Rural District Council and all concerns should be addressed to the authority .

URDC is yet to respond to the questions and concerns raised by our reporter and the residents .

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