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Pressure for the government to improve water service delivery is mounting.About 200 Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) today staged a peaceful protest in Chitungwiza town calling for the right to be afforded efficient and consistent water services.
For the past three months the area has been grappling with high levels of water cuts, sewer blockages and these have impacted negatively on the welfare of the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the town. WOZA protestors carried a petition which outlined several demands to the Chitungwiza Municipality demanding that the City Council provide clean water, cut down on hefty water charges, work towards renewing sewer pipes, and the construction of boreholes within the area. The petition was submitted to the City Fathers at their offices.
The quality and quantity of water supplied in the country's cities has declined in recent years owing to the difficult economic situation and other challenges faced by the country. Lack of proper management, essential equipment and technical expertise to carry out maintenance has left the water supply network in a state of disrepair. Maladministration and allegations of rampant corruption in local authorities have worsened the plight of urban residents.
The protest takes place at a time when the Minister of Local Government, Ignatious Chombo from ZANU PF is facing allegations of amassing several properties in most cities and towns across the country.