BY JOHN MURWIRA/ JAMES MUONWA
Kariba Municipality is battling sustainable raw sewer disposal
following shocking revelations that the local authority is discharging
untreated effluent into the iconic Lake Kariba.
A report in possession of NewsAnchor reveals that an inspection was
conducted by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) officials on
April 27 last year, which observed that the municipality was
discharging raw sewerage into Kariba dam tributary in contravention of
section 57 of the EMA Act Chapter 20:27.
To that effect an order was served for the council to submit a sewer
rehabilitation plan and to repair discharging manholes by the 28 April
The sewer rehabilitation plan that was submitted to the agency
indicated that by 30 June 2018 the municipality would have rectified
all the sewerage challenges in the town.
In October three inspections were conducted and it was noted that raw
sewer was being discharged into a stream that discharges the raw sewer
directly into the lake.
The report also revealed that the municipality was operating without
an effluent disposal license which is in contravention of section 60
of the EMA CAP 20:27 as read with Section 5 of Statutory Instrument 6
Inspections were recently done again by EMA in August 2019 following a
request by a Kariba magistrate court.
The municipality s case was also heard before Kariba magistrate courts
and the council was fined $2 000 and ordered to repair broken pipes
and all manholes.
Efforts to get comment from Kariba municipality were fruitless at the
time of writing-TOP NEWS
The New Patriotic Front (NPF) has rolled out what it terms 'political
evangelism' as the opposition party pushes for the constitutional
removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa from office.
NPF leader Peter Tendai Munyanduri told NewsAnchor in an interview his
party had embarked on the project in which it preaches political
messages at public places, such as termini, flea and vegetables
markets inorder to instill political consciousness among 'weary'
Zimbabweans as they agitate for the ouster of Mnangagwa's failed
"We are doing this with one motive, which is to see Mnangagwa's
constitutional removal from office through free and fair elections.
The people of Zimbabwe have long-suffered under Mnangagwa's ruinous
rule that has resulted in acute shortages and runaway prices of fuel
and basic commodities," said Munyanduri, who is an engineer by
Ironically, the NPF president is part of the national dialogue that
was initiated by Mnangagwa, accused of pursuing disasterous economic
policies and gross human rights violations against citizens.
Munyanduri argued being at the same table with the Zanu PF leader was
aimed at convincing him and his acolytes to "leave the stage and save
The political evangelism project was recently pioneered in Chinhoyi
and would be extended to other urban centres.
Munyanduri said NPF was focussing on towns and cities as the Nelson
Chamisa-led MDC had lost traction among urbanites, who felt let down
by the opposition movement.-TOP NEWS
The recent opaque deal in which Chinhoyi University of Technology ceded
three 75-seater buses to public transport utility Zupco has elicited hyped
talk among stakeholders, including students and staffers, who feel
hard-done by the development that has resulted in them failing to access
the buses due to overwhelming de
mand for the service. Zupco is charging 50cents to areas such as
Chikonohono, White City and lately Alaska, situated 15km from Chinhoyi, a
trip which private players were charging $5.
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Zvimba South constituency MP, Philip Chiyangwa has reportedly waded
into the Zvimba Rural District Council land sale saga, which has seen
former chief executive officer, Peter Hlohla resigning in a huff
Hlohla was facing dismissal over a litany of allegations, including
unprocedural sale of land. He quit on the eve of a scheduled
According to reliable sources, which attended a recent meeting held at
Chiyangwa's offices in Harare attended by at least nine councillors,
the maverick businessman-cum-legislator sternly warned councillors
against defying government directives issued through the Local
Zvimba RDC councillors are sharply divided over how to deal with
issues that arose from an investigation report compiled by the
ministry, which unearthed serious financial impropriety, irregular
land sales, procedural procurement deals, corruption and staff
victimisation levelled against ousted Hlohla and other senior
Chiyangwa reportedly warned councillors to stop fighting Local
Government ministry officials, accusing some councillors for siding
with council chairperson, Tsitsi Kaja, who is suspected to be a proxy
of the former chief executive.
Kaja is accused of being sympathetic to the former Zvimba RDC boss and
attempting to block his dismissal.
Efforts to get comment from Kaja hit a brick wall as her mobile phone
A councillor, speaking on condition of anonymity, lamented that a lot
of outside interference was affecting council business, claiming
parties outside council were exerting undue pressure on councillors
for their own economic and political expediency.
"The threats being thrown at us as councillors are meant to silence us
so that those with personal interests have their way. This is coming
from the ministry top officials themselves, but we won't allow the
threats to stop us from executing our mandate," he said
Chiyangwa also reportedly warned Banket Town Board chairperson,
Richard Muganhiri and his proxies to desist from stalling development
in Banket by trying to push for the ouster of Shelter Chapata, Banket
Town Board administrator
Sources further stated that Chiyangwa accused councillors of inciting
the electorate to push for a vote of no confidence against him, whilst
Zieman Mugwagwa (Ward 34) was fingered for positioning himself to be
the next MP, an accusation he denied.
Some councillors accused the MP of trying to usurp councillors' powers
and attempting to influence the ouster of the council chairperson.
"We know these are mere threats from those who think are more powerful
but they should remember we were also voted in our offices," said one
of the councillors, who also requested anonymity for fear of
Efforts to get comment from Chiyangwa were fruitless at the time of
going to print.
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