Politics and water


Hope that is beginning to build up in the hearts of the people of Bulawayo may once again be dashed as politics seems to be cropping into the city’s water problem.

The Insider has received reports that because of the progress made by the Matebeleland Zambezi Water Trust Fund some politicians, who apparently were sitting on the fence all along, are beginning to complain that they were left out.

Their major complaint, which is really an excuse, is that the committee in charge of raising funds is all Bulawayo-based, although some members of the committee represent organisations operating throughout Matebeleland.

They are saying that since the committee is almost entirely composed of people from Bulawayo it should not call itself Matebeleland… because there are no people from Hwange, Tsholotsho, Gwanda, Plumtree or Kezi.

These same people are accusing “little chefs” of trying to make political capital out of the event since they have left out big shots who are also residents of Bulawayo.

They are therefore saying the project will not succeed since it is only government that can apply for the water rights from neighbouring countries and since it has been left out there is no way government will do that.

Although the water committee includes politicians like governor Jevan Maseko and Home Affairs deputy Minister Dumiso Dabengwa, it might not be too late to check the tabs again instead of just going ahead on the mere assumption that government will help or has promised to help.

This is particularly important since those raising their ugly heads are also people of Matebeleland.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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