Helen Kadirire 12 March 2018
HARARE – Harare City Council (HCC) has launched a probe into illegal water
connections, a move which has seen workers resigning in fear of being
According to ordinary council minutes, the local authority placed bulk
water meters in areas occupied by co-operatives, which are being illegally
diverted to private premises, allegedly by HCC workers.
The resignations come as those found guilty have been hauled before
disciplinary hearings and being fired for the crimes.
“The acting town clerk, Hosea Chisango reported that procurement of
prepaid bulk water meters was at an advanced stage at the State
Procurement Board as a way of making the cooperatives pay. The director of
Harare water had disconnected most of the illegal connections. Concern was
further raised that the illegal connections were done by council officials
and disciplinary action needed to be taken against the culprits,” read
part of the minutes.
Chisango told council that action had been taken against those who were
implicated in connections at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Housing Cooperative. He
said while “some employees were found guilty, others were acquitted and
some resorted to resigning”.
Currently, the city is losing 65 percent of its treated water through,
among other things, illegal water connections and malfunctioning meters.
Harare requires $178 million to fund its water pipe replacement and
network rehabilitation exercise to avoid losses due to burst pipes and
Once completed, the refurbishment and pipe replacement would reduce
physical water losses by 72 million litres per day, increase supply
coverage to 72 000 households, reduce nonrevenue water by 25 percent and
increase revenue by about $21,6 million per year.