RESIDENTS TAKE COUNCIL TO COURT OVER WATER

Masvingo residents have filed an urgent High Court application in a bid to force the local authority to supply water to residential areas during the 21 day national lockdown.

Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) filed the papers citing Masvingo City Council, the Minister of Local Government, Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance as respondents.

According to court papers, the residents accuse Council of failing to ensure constant supply of clean, safe and portable water.

They are now seeking court relief ordering the local authority to immediately supply residents with portable water.

Residents are also seeking an order from the courts ordering the Minister of Finance to urgently assist Masvingo City Council by availing resources to enable them to provide an uninterrupted water supply to residents.

Both respondents are yet to file their opposing papers to the case.

The case mirrors another one filed and won by the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) against the same respondents.

Zimbabwe is currently under a 21 day lockdown with people being encouraged to minimise movement and stay indoors as a measure to curb the spread of the deadly virus which has so far claimed one life and infected nine.

The World Health Organisation has also urged people to constantly wash their hands using running water, as one measure of avoiding the spread of the deadly COVID 19 pandemic.

Masvingo residents have been relying on boreholes mostly as they are only receiving water twice a week.

This has increased the risk of spreading the disease.

Masvingo City Council has in the past cited unavailability of electricity to pump water but since the national began, the city has not experienced any load shedding.

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