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VISET statement on Water Crisis

Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) is gravely concerned by reports from its membership of the continuing water crisis throughout towns and cities in the country.

Water is a fundamental basic human right that determines quality of life and its provision should be uppermost priority in order to contain the spread of waterborne diseases.

Women and children bear the burden of water collection in many households, yet they are the most vulnerable category in our population to abuse and harassment at water points. Reports have surfaced of people queuing up as early as 3 a.m. and sometimes standing in line until midday. In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic it is unfortunate that no social distancing nor sanitising has been observed at these water points thereby creating a fertile breeding ground for the pandemic.

It was and remains VISET’s hope and prayer that there can be a broad based convention of local authorities, government, civic players and donors to come up with lasting solutions to a crisis that is clearly confronting  us for some time to come. As has been proven by history, hiking of tariffs and rates alone is not a solution, neither is the anti-poor suggestion of pre-paid water.

Projects such as the Kunzvi Dam, Gwayi Shangani and Osborne Dam projects have annually been given budget allocations but with no sign of meaningful development.

Too much productive time is being expended in the search for water and we believe that if we are truly to emerge as a middle income economy, we have to get such basic needs right as no true development will accrue to us as a nation without water and adequate sanitation.

Prepared By VISET Information and Publicity Department

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