Wetlands Invasion,the Case of Water Crisis in Harare

Harare is in an predicament position which requires urgent attention of all relevant stakeholders to combine efforts in reaching consensus before its too late to save the city from the inevitable water crisis.

At pleasant myriad activities have been excessively conducted in the quest to raise awareness on the story of preserving the few remaining wetlands in the Capital City, nevertheless authorities in conveyance with land barons. Such unfortunate circuses have proved to be a germ of destruction that has hindered progress in the institution of all legal frameworks and policy implementation relevant to avert further invasion of Wetlands.

Against this background, Julia Pierry from Harare Wetlands Trust reiterated on the need to have collaborative efforts inorder to enhance positive strides in Wetlands management and preservation.

Given the fact that the whole province seats on Wetlands which are a source origin of major streams which feeds directly into Lake Chivero.

“We need to act now before its too late, Harare as a whole was built on Wetlands but now the major streams which directly feeds into Lake Chivero are constantly affected due to the continued invasion of Wetlands, the lake gets most of its waters from these wetlands which we are killing therefore we need to launch collaborative efforts in order to find solutions to water crisis that has rocked the city.”

This follows the researches conducted by Professor Magadza from University of Zimbabwe Lecturer in the Ecological Systems Department, found out that between the period of 2010 to 2018 the Lake dwindled in depth from 40m to 17m respectively.

It has emerged that authorities are reluctant in giving attention to the matters that pertains to wetlands preservations and management. During the previous month Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) and local residents held meetings in Mabvuku and Kambuzuma on the pretext to engage authorities with residents to deliberate issues revolving around water crisis in the city.

Unfortunately relevant stakeholders in the likes of City Council, Valuations Department, Environmental Committee and Environmental Agency (EMA) failed to attend.

Against this background, residents took stance to extremely condemn the act of ignorance shown by the authorities responsible for environmental issues.

“As residents we are very much concerned about the current water problems we are facing in our area, on several occasions we invite responsible authorities to discuss issues around wetlands preservation and water crisis but unfortunately they have never collaborated,” says Agnes Chiyama a Kambuzuma concerned resident.

The clarion call by residents should be the basis to enable wetlands management and preservation to find some new forms of legislation and this is the only way to solve water crisis that has depends in the city.

Tendai Guvamombe