By Centre News Reporter
Delay to complete the Mucheke trunk sewer project has been attributed
to late disbursement of devolution funds every year.
This was revealed during a media tour with local journalists today
which was organized by Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers
Alliance (MURRA).
The tour was held to take stock of progress on the project that had
been stalled for almost a decade under controversial circumstances.
Speaking at the tour, council technical officer, Eastman Fambirayi,
said most of the funds are coming from devolution allocations so they
are failing to meet targets.
He was quick to add that council is however trying to source other funds.
“Right now we haven’t received devolution funds and we are behind
schedule but all funds being made available, it can be completed by
December. Council is still trying to source funds for this project,
however, when devolution came it was seen fit that we use some of the
funds towards this project since it’s a project benefitting the people
of Masvingo,” said Fambirayi.
However, council borrowed US$2.1 million from NSSA at the project’s
infancy but it never brought the expected results leaving the project
in catastrophe and council counting its losses.
Victoria Ranch is also expected to be serviced by the trunk sewer
project but council hasn’t received any payment from the land developers or residents in the area.