The supposed engineer at the centre of it all, Paul Kruger with President Mnangagwa in a file picture
A source with impeccable information on the goings on behind the doors has revealed shocking details of how corrupt leaders have allowed a brilliant strategy to die out because they couldn’t benefit.
After years of endless water problems, in 2019 Harare City Council hit upon a solution to the persistent water challenges.
The plan was simple.
Instead of using around 12 water treatment chemicals which required continuous access to foreign currency, they would simply use one, chlorine dioxide.
A test run was done at Morton Jaffray on clarifier 8 and the results showed that the single chemical improved water quality tremendously.
It destroyed all the algae which has been making Lake Chivero very bad.
The chemical was able to do what the batch of 12 Zimphos chemicals were failing to do.
The new innovative system would also cut away the persistent need for foreign currency, around US$3 million per month.
What was simply needed was the immediate installation of what are called chlorine generators at Morton Jaffray.
The move would cost around US$4 million.
According to the source, “to get a practical understanding of the new move a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) committee comprising officials from the Ministries of Local Government and Water and Harare Council visited Botswana’s Palapye”.
The country is already using the system effectively.
With all things certainly correlating for a change of the water treatment system the evil of corruption reared its head on their return.
Harare council flighted a tender under tender number COH/HW/S2/2019 for the installation of the chlorine generators and it was won by a South African firm.
Instead of simply implementing the system Government, through Local Government Minister July Moyo sought to foist the infamous Paul Kruger as consultant.
Kruger is a known July Moyo trojan horse who fronted another Morton Jaffray deal in which he took US$9,3 million for water pumps which cost US$2 million elsewhere.
However, the South African company was uncomfortable with the inclusion of Kruger and sought clarity on his specific role in the deal.
Government defended Kruger as an engineer to negotiate on their behalf in the deal.
Council and the SA firm were not convinced.
Facing resistance over this shady arrangement Government then simply pulled the plug on the whole initiative.
If Kruger wasn’t going to be part of the deal then it could as well be abandoned!
It’s a shocking revelation which shows the selfishness and depth of corruption in Government offices.
A whole deal which could end the large part of Harare’s water problems was cancelled just because the loophole through which money was to be siphoned, was closed.