Story by Tafara Chikumira
The Lower Gweru community is enjoying the fruits of the Second Republic’s devolution programme following the completion of a solar-powered water project which is directly benefiting over 100 families.
It is yet another huge milestone for the second republic after the devolution programme achieved the desired results in Lower Gweru where the local community now has access to clean water following the completion of a solar water project.
Apart from rural households being connected to the water system, the project has benefited the nearby Chisadza secondary school located some six kilometres from the water system as well as Impala Clinic, which is nearing completion.
“This is one of the major projects that we have managed to bring to this community. The project is to the tune of ZW$28 million. We have managed to lay pipes to a distance over eight kilometres as we are also targeting the nearby clinic,” noted Vungu Rural Council District Engineer, Engineer Kudzai Njodzi.
“Communities have their own tapped water with water being harvested from this source. The centre can generate a lot of power which ensures smooth flow of water,” he added.
For members of the community who used to walk several kilometres to fetch water from unprotected sources, the availability of clean water at their doorsteps is a dream come true.
“The government has really remembered our plight on this side. Water has always been a huge challenge here. We used to have stomach problems as we would fetch drinking water in dams and wells. We are happy that, it’s now a thing of the past,” said a pleased member of the community.
“We are happy about the installation of these water pipes in this area. We are now at the same level as our counterparts in urban areas. Water is life and we all want it. Today we are indeed celebrating another milestone by the government. We are doing our projects very well with access to such clean water,” noted another member of the community.
Another chipped in, “We are happy that even our livestock has been catered for after the construction of some drinking pens at the water system. It has always been our hope that we get safe water in our community and I am happy it’s happening during our time.”
The water project is one of the many life-changing developments that are meant to improve livelihoods in rural communities in fulfilment of the second republic’s thrust of leaving no one and no place behind.