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No car for Chiredzi town engineer until water crisis is resolved, says residents




Beatific
Gumbwanda

CHIREDZI
In the 2020 budget, the town council here proposed to purchase vehicles for
management but the Chiredzi United Residents and Ratepayers Association
(Chirra) has come out guns blazing attacking the town engineer, Wesley Kauma,
saying he does not deserve the vehicle because he has failed to deal with the
water crisis.
Strangely,
Chirra has not opposed the purchase of vehicles for other council managers but
is only arguing against the engineer from getting his car saying incompetence should
not be rewarded.
Giving
his submissions during 2020 budget consultations at Chiredzi Town Council Civic
Centre, Chirra chairperson Jonathan Muusha said it is high that the council budgets
for the management’s vehicles but the engineer should be excluded until he
addresses the water situation.
“I
don’t reject the budget for the top management vehicle purchases but we have a
strong feeling that the engineer should be excluded from the deal until he has
proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is competent for the office he is
currently holding.
“One
would be forgiven for believing that this town does not have an engineer
because there is absolutely nothing to show for it. It’s safe to say that we do
not have an engineer,” said Muusha.
Muusha
said that the town faced serious water challenges and the town engineer seemed
clueless on how to resolve the crisis.
“The
town is dry most of the times and we wonder what the engineer is doing. We will
not reward someone who just comes to work to warm the chair and do nothing.
“Others
may get their cars because it is part of their perks but the engineer has to
first prove to us that he is worthy to hold that office. We will not watch him
get a new car when he has done nothing to earn it.
“Our
people are relying on water from unprotected sources risking their health on
daily basis. We will not have it and we will make a statement if they buy him
that car,” said Muusha.
Chiredzi
Town Council has proposed to use their share of devolution funds to upgrade the
water system and in 2019 they received $1.1 million from which $500 000 was directed
towards upgrading the water system.
The
water crisis is not unique to Chiredzi alone as the provincial capital, City of
Masvingo, is grappling under serious water shortages and has since effected over
120 hours water rationing schedule which sees most residential areas going for
five days in a week without running tap water.

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