Declare Harare’s water crisis a national disaster government urged

Harare-The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has expressed concern over the way Harare water is being politicised amid blame game by Government.

Addressing journalists in Harare, CHRA director Lorraine Mupasiri said both Government and Harare City Council are to blame for the crisis as they are breeding corruption.

“We should not be blind to the fact that both government and Harare City Council have collectively contributed to the current water crisis by breeding corruption, inconsistent policy making practices, poor planning and exclusive decision making,” said Mupasiri

She said the current crisis was a wake-up call to everyone concerned as it shows the dire effects of poor governance in the country.

“The current water crisis should be a wake-up call not only to the government but to all concerned stakeholders to be awake to the dire effects of poor governance and economic decline ensuing in our country,”

Mupasiri called the government to declare the water crisis a disaster and open up to humanitarian assistance. Among other recommendations she also called for immediate interventions to stop construction on and destruction of wetlands.

The call comes after the City fathers shut down Morton Jeffrey water treatment plant owing to shortage of water treatment chemicals.

More than 4000 people lost their lives in 2008 after a cholera outbreak and fears are that it may return.