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Youth Organizations show concern on water crisis

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By Staff Reporter

The National Association of Youth Organizations (NAYO Africa) has expressed concern over the continued lack of adequate delivery of safe water in the Capital.

Speaking at a Press Conference last Thursday Dr. Prolific Mataruse Board Member NAYO Africa calls for the Government to prioritize water delivery in the 2020 Budget and increased supply of water sources to mitigate the current challenges.

“We call upon the Government to to prioritize water delivery in the 2020 budget to aid in water quality and the construction of alternative water sources to increase water supply within the country and plug the growing privatization of water in the country.”

Dr Mataruse went on to say that prioritization would assist women and girls as they are the most affected by the current setting through rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Safe water should be garanteed to education, homes, business places and hospitals.

“Construction of water facilities that are gender sensitive will curb the disproportionate burden and riss which women are are exposed to when accessing water that include sexual harassment, rape and domestic violence. ”

“There should be progressive steps towards realizing the need for portable clean water in education institutions, homes, hospitals and business facilities across the whole country and there should be measures to ensure that domestic water must not be disconnected arbitrarily especially for reasons of failing to pay rates across the country water is metered.”

The constitution of Zimbabwe Section 77 (a) (Amendment No. 20) guarantees he right to safe, clean and portable water.

NAYO Africa becomes the first youth organization in raising voice in advocating for increased availability of safe and clean water after Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) and Community Water Alliance (CWA) among others

Tendai Guvamombe