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    Residents take Masvingo City to court over water crisis




    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO – Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance has taken the City Council to the High Court over the water crisis that has bedevilled the town for the last two weeks.
    The matter was brought before Masvingo High Court Judge, Justice Mafusire on Tuesday and he ordered the two parties to sit down and find ways to ensure that all residents are equitably supplied with water.
    The crisis has been so bad that all tapes have since August 22 2018 been dry.
    MURRA which was represented by Martin Mureri of Matutu and Mureri Legal Practioners argued in his papers that the City Council was violating the people's right to water. Masvingo City Council was represented by Jackson Mupoperi of Saratoga Law Chambers.
    The City Council however, later issued a Press statement indicating that the water situation should return to normal anytime after Saturday when the repaired pumps are expected to be installed.
     "The repairers have advised us that they require 7-10 working days to return the pump to service, and therefore, including collection and installation, the earliest that the City can resume full capacity pumping is Saturday,8th September 2018," reads part of the statement by Gushu.
    The Press statement said water supply will remain severely constrained until the pump is reinstalled.
    The two parties are expected to go before the High Court next week for the determination of their case.

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