MASVINGO – Zexcom, a housing co-operative of war veterans in Victoria Range made illegal water connections to Masvingo City’s main waterline and 150 of its members enjoyed free treated water since 2016.
Masvingo acting town clerk Edward Mukaratirwa confirmed the scam and told The Mirror that the local authority has since sent a bill of RTGS$1 million to the co-operative for the five years that the households were not paying for water.
Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) spokesperson Godfrey Mutimba condemned the complacency at Masvingo City Council that resulted in failure to detect “water thefts” for five years. He also condemned Zexcom for involving itself in a criminal activity.
The City only came to know about this illegal connection after a burst water pipe was reported in the area in November last year. Efforts to get a comment from Zexcom director Getrude Gudza were futile. “I am at a doctor’s office. Please try and call me later,” said Gudza whose mobile phone could not be reached afterwards.
Documents seen by The Mirror show that Zexcom wrote to suspended City engineer Tawanda Gozo in 2016 applying for water connection to members’ houses but Gozo allegedly never responded. “We condemn Zexcom for this act of lawlessness.
Masvingo City Council should however, speed up the provision of water to residents,” said Mutimba. https://masvingomirror.com