Chitungwiza Mayor Lovemore Maiko has said there is no quick to fix to the water situation in Chitungwiza amid revelations that the municipality owes Harare City Council $11 million.
Chitungwiza has the third largest population in Zimbabwe and has been struggling to pay its debts to Harare City Council hence worsening the water situation as houses hardly find running water.
In an interview with this publication, Mayor Maiko said the biggest challenge Chitungwiza faces is relying on Harare’s sources of water.
The Mayor said plans were afoot to pay the outstanding $11 million debt to Harare and revamping of water networks in the town.
“Management of non revenue water and an obsolete water network system which needs serious revamping.
“However above all our crisis has been that we do not have our own source of water we rely on Harare given that we have the theird largest population in the country imagine without our own source its a pity.
“We owe them around $11 million dollars which has also been a challenge. However plans are afoot to offset the debt and we will update once the finer details have been worked out,” Maiko said.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that debts which were incurred in United States dollars before new regulations came into force on February 22 last year can be covered in local currency at the rate of 1:1 hence part of Chitungwiza debt will be paid in Zimbabwe dollars.
“The debt stretches from both phases thus the USD era to Zim dollar era and the Supreme Court landmark ruling, means its now RTGS,” he added.