The City of Bulawayo on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 launched the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Implementation Project (BWSSIP) which is meant to improve municipal water supply and sanitation services with the aim of contributing to the improvement in health and social wellbeing of the population of the city of Bulawayo.
The project is being funded at a cost of US$37 million (26 million Units of Accounts) and will see the City of Bulawayo achieving 3 main outcomes over a four year period. Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of the City of Bulawayo, Councillor Martin K Moyo said the project comes at an opportune time when the Council was trying to raise funds towards the implementation of the Water and Waste Water Master Plan.
“The injection of US$37,075 million (which is equivalent to 26.41 million units of accounts (UA) will be crucial and beneficial in assisting the Council attain the activities set out in the short term and medium term of the Master Plan,” said the Mayor
Speaking at the same event, the Task Manager for the BWSSIP Project, Mr Eskendir Demissie said that in advancing transformative agenda, the African Development Bank had set its focus on High 5 Agendas which are; “Light Up Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Improve quality of life of Africans, Integrate Africa.”
He highlighted that the BWSSIP project resonates with the Agendas through the contribution of improvement of life to the residents of the City of Bulawayo and also towards the revival of the local economy.
He added that the Bulawayo project was not the only project that the Bank was engaged in Zimbabwe on water and sanitation. The bank was involved in key water and sewerage facilities in Harare, Chitungwiza, Chegutu, Kwekwe, Masvingo , Mutare , Ruwa and Redcliff.
“The bank has been supporting the energy and water sectors through resources mobilised under trust funds and notably ZimFund and the African Water Facility,” said Mr Demissie.
He added that the Bulawayo project will be implemented in line with three components which include water system efficiency improvement, environmental improvements, and institutional capacity development. He further noted that to ensure sustainability of the water and sewerage services, the City of Bulawayo management and Councillors should ensure that they employ the best management models within the governance context.
“I would like to seize this opportunity to urge the Councillors and officials present during this launch workshop to ensure the implementation of ring-fencing of the water and sewerage account which is a legal undertaking of the Grant protocol of Agreement,” said Mr Demissie
He noted that as the City of Bulawayo was the executing agency, a heavy responsibility had been entrusted on them to bring the project to fruition.
“This is a clear manifestation of trust by the Central Government on Bulawayo’s capability and the Bank’s confidence in the system in place. In this regards we urge all parties in paying attention and adhering to good fiduciary practices and set an exemplary standard in project execution,” he added.
Speaking at the launch the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Hon Eunice Moyo in a speech read on her behalf by her Personal Assistant, Mrs Sichelesile Ncube said that the partnership highlighted Government’s commitment towards sustainable infrastructure in line with its economic blue print Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation (ZIMASSET).
“Sustainable water and sewerage infrastructure is key in ensuring economic growth and repositioning of Zimbabwe in the Region and African continent,” said Hon Moyo.
She highlighted that water and sewerage infrastructure depletion had become a major challenge for the urban areas, leading to the pollution of water bodies and contaminated drinking water. Hon Moyo further noted that addressing of these challenges was key in ensuring industry growth and viability. She further implored the City of Bulawayo to properly utilise the grant and ensure that they learn from the Consultants who had been appointed to train them and also ensure that they impart the knowledge to other local authorities in the country.
Date: Thursday, 06 October 2016