By Tendai Guvamombe (Harare)
Residents Associations from different urban areas across the nation converged today in the Capital for the National Water Convention (NWC), a development that will see initiation of National Advocacy Plan on water crisis in Zimbabwe.
The National Water Convention (NWC) is being held under the theme ‘Enhancing and Strengthening Coalitions for a Strong Coordinated National Voice in Water Governments hosted by Combined Harare Residents Association(CHRA) and Women and Law Society Association (WLSA).’
Delivering opening remarks at the beginning of the conference, Ms Lorraine Mupasiri Sani Director Combined Harare Residents Association(CHRA) reiterated on the purpose of the engagement at national level, set to discuss and pave a way forward on water crisis at national level.
“Today we are engaged as residents association from various urban areas mainly to discuss various problems arising from water crisis taking place in our respective urban spaces we represent so that we may be able to achieve a common goal through a collective voice.”
“The National Water Convention will have discussions revolving around water financing issues, unraveling gender issues on water problems, sharing common problems on water provisions, sharing advocacy opportunities of collaborations at national level and trying to see if can come up with modalities of sustaining national water advocacy initiatives.”
Speaking at the same occasion City of Harare Mayor His Worship Herbert Gomba reiterated on the failed efforts engaged by the City Fathers at the expense of the government, the likes of delays in the construction of Kunzvi and Musami Dams.
“We hope this platform will provide water solutions to the perennial problems which are matters of concern, as City Fathers we are working flat out to proffer solutions to the water crisis.”
“It is true the council should be close to the residents but the closeness is getting abused as we are now found answering questions meant to be addressed by ministers and the government.”
Representatives of residents association came from as far as Mutare, Hwange, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Chitungwiza and Norton.