By Nompilo Mathuthu
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) ‘s pre-paid water meter tender allocation is under scrutiny as the institute failed to bring forth proper legal documents to support its selection process of awarded tenders.
Giving oral evidence before a parly committee on Wednesday , ZINWA Chief Executive Officer , Engineer Taurai Maurukirwa , said six companies pitched and submitted tenders adding that when asked for resubmission only three companies pitched up for the second segment.
Eng Maurukirwa said the final awarded bidder had problems with the sister parastatal that the institution works with hence the controversy.
” The tender was for financing and commissioning of the water prepaid meters to make sure that the organisation fully implements installing prepaid water meters because at that time it was owned over ZWL$1billion in unpaid bills.
The tender was to supply prepaid water meters to 435 stations across the country, both in urban and rural areas and the tender winner was supposed to look for finance then the institution would recoup their investment as the institution sold water to citizens over a period of eighteen months ” , he said .
ZINWA is targeting installation of at least 35 000 meters by year end to curb increasing water debts.