FORMER Water Resources Development and Management minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo on Wednesday handed over a vehicle to the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (MZWP) advisory council for their use during the execution of the project.
Blondie Ndebele, Own Correspondent
Speaking during the handover ceremony at the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) workshop in Bulawayo, Nkomo said the government had set aside a very tight budget for the advisory council.
“For now we have a very small budget for them, but we believe that their budget will keep on being provided going forward,” he said.
Nkomo said they decided to buy a car for the advisory committee after realising that there was need for them to be transported to several areas for the good of the project.
“We began to look for ways on how they could be transported along the corridors and so we decided to buy a car, which is here today for the advisory council’s use.”
MZWP advisory council chairperson Donald Khumalo promised to work hard to make the national project, which is meant to lessen Bulawayo’s water woes, a success.
“From my part, on behalf of the advisory council, we will do everything to deliver,” he said.
Khumalo said if the government remained committed to the project, as a council, they would not fail to deliver their mandate.
The council’s role is to advise the government on the developments of one of Zimbabwe’s biggest projects.
Sipepa Nkomo said they would also provide a driver and funds, which they would account for through the ministry.
He said he was going to hand over to his successor all the projects that they were working on for the past four years to enable continuity.