Devolution Funds delay new Masvingo dumpsite 

Mirror Reporter

Masvingo – Masvingo City Council which is supposed to have commissioned its new dumpsite by December this year is postponing the move until March 2023 unless the local authority gets its devolution funds allocation from Government in time.

Masvingo Town Clerk, Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa told The Mirror that the current dumpsite located near Runyararo West has outlived its lifespan.

In preparation of that eventuality council obtained a 12-hectare piece of land at Cambria Farm, some 12 km from the city center which it divided into two halves between a new cemetery and the dumpsite.

He said the new dumpsite should be standard and well maintained so that there is no haphazard dumping of garbage.

Construction of the US$1, 5 million dumpsite started in 2021 and council expected to use its allocation from the devolution fund. However, because of the financial constraints facing Government, the city’s allocation is yet to come said Mukaratirwa.

“Faced with the delay in the disbursement of devolution funds allocated to us we agreed as management to commit internal funds and start doing some work. The dumpsite is going to have 16 disposal cells and we will commission the new dumpsite this December if we get our allocation from local Government.

“If we don’t, we will continue to commit our funds but commissioning will be delayed until March 2023,” said Mukaratirwa.

The cost of constructing each cell is US$80 000 and council has completed excavation work and its currently working on lining and building ancillary structures like offices, ablution facilities and drainage.

“Some workers will be staying there so some houses will need to be constructed and there will also be some offices,” said Mukaratirwa.

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