Bulawayo is facing a serious water shortage crisis that has caused the Bulawayo City Council to impose a 144-hour water-shedding programme. The worsening water shortage crisis has resulted in two National Assembly members from MDC-Alliance scuffling over the delivery of 20 litres of water.
iHarare has established that Mpopoma-Pelandaba MP Mr. Charles Moyo clashed with his counterpart, Bulawayo Central MP Ms. Nicole Watson after she delivered water to her domestic worker who lives in Mpopoma yesterday. The clash is said to have occurred on the MDC-Alliance WhatsApp chat group.
Mr. Moyo allegedly blasted Ms. Watson for delivering water in his constituency without his knowledge. It appears Mr. Moyo wanted Ms. Watson to inform him before proceeding with the delivery.
The exchange between the two legislators has gone viral on various social media platforms including Twitter.
Below is the Whatsapp chat which has circulated on social media;
When contacted for a comment Mr. Moyo shamelessly admitted he verbally blasted his counterpart for ferrying water into his constituency. However, he argues that it was all just a misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, Bulawayo residents slammed the two legislators for fighting over such a petty issue instead of coming up with better ways to address the water crisis.
On the other hand, the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) condemned the two public officials for fighting over 20 litres of water exclaiming that it portrays the lack of leadership from within their ranks. He called on BCC to manage the water crisis efficiently.
“The Bulawayo water crisis is mainly man-made. The world over there seems to be a water crisis and authorities are working to lessen the impact of such crises. South Africa’s Cape Town managed to deal with what could have been the worst water crisis through innovation and leadership but here we are not seeing that. We are only seeing council passing resolutions where they are parceling out the land for their personal gains. When it comes to innovation to address the city’s problems there is zero thinking. BCC is said to be the best-run city in the country and we expect better from it,” said Mr. Ndlovu BPRA coordinator>chaosafrica