THE Harare Commission has put on hold Vice President Joice Mujuru’s directive to transfer water billing and collection to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) pending deliberations by commissioners on the thorny issue, town clerk Nomutsa C
hideya said on Tuesday.
“Every relevant committee would look at the matter before coming up with a resolution,” he said.
Chideya was responding to questions by Harare North MDC legislator Trudy Stevenson if the transfer was “in the interests of residents” during a hearing by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local government.
Cabinet last year resolved that Zinwa take over the treatment and transmission of water to reservoirs only with the city retaining responsibility for the distribution of the water to consumers, billing and collection of revenue.
In prepared answers to the committee the commission said Zinwa had provided the city with a directive from Mujuru for the takeover of the billing and collection.
“The compelling assumption is that the takeover of billing and revenue constitutes the taking over of the infrastructural system for ordinarily it is inconceivable to do otherwise”.
Former Harare mayor and Zanu PF’s Highfield- Glen Norah-Glen View senator Charles Tawengwa said there was need to proceed with caution when dealing with Zinwa because the city could be prejudiced.