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Masvingo water crisis worry US ambassador

Clayton Shereni
The new United
States of America (USA) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian Nichols on Monday paid a
courtesy call on City of Masvingo mayor Collen Maboke at the council offices
where they discussed various issues including the prevailing water shortages in
the ancient city.
Addressing the
media after a closed door meeting, Nichols said he had a fruitful meeting with
Maboke, deliberating on various issues including challenges in the water and
sewer.
“We had a
very fruitful discussion; the mayor told me about various issues affecting the
city including lack of consistent water supplies. Everyone knows clean and safe
water are a necessity for everyone and we will continue to support the people
of this country in that regard,” said Nichols.
Responding to
questions after the briefing, Maboke said the latest problem was as a result of
an electrical fault that had affected systems at the pump station.
“As a city,
we are experiencing a problem with our Bushmead water plant due to some
electrical power faults but our engineers are doing their best to try and resolve
the problem and we hope we will soon restore normal water supplies. For now, bowsers
will continue to supply water in the affected areas,” said Maboke.
The current
water deficit is the second in a space of three months.
Nichols also
toured the Masvingo Provincial Hospital before officially announcing a US$475 000
grant to the World Monument Fund for the preservation of Great Zimbabwe.

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