05 Feb 2016 15:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 05 FEB (NAMPA) The Zambezi regional governor has issued a directive to the Katima Mulilo Town Council to reconnect water at the different ministry directorates.
The water supply at several directorates was disrupted on Wednesday by the council after it was found that those government institutions have acquired high water, rates and taxes bills from 2015.
On Friday, Zambezi regional governor, Lawrence Sampofu told Nampa that he had summoned the town council chief executive management, including the towns mayor, Georgina Mwiya, to explain what led to the water disruption.
However, Mwiya is the only one who showed up at the emergency meeting, in which Sampofu than directed her to tell the council's top manager, Charles Nawa, to immediately restore the water connection at the ministries, especially the Katima Mulilo Hospital, which falls under the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
This agency is informed that the water meters at the hospital have been locked, and the running water flowing from taps are from its reservoir.
I held a meeting with the mayor of the town and told her to tell the council chief executive officer to reconnect the water at the ministries where water had been shut off. We cannot have a workforce absent from work due to water crises in their offices, said Sampofu.
He further requested Mwiya to inform the council to henceforth be serving his office with copies of letters of demand of payments and outstanding bills incurred by the ministries.
Only then can my office follow it up with the directorates and ministries to pay up, Sampofu said.
Approached for comment about the situation, Nawa said: Our decision still stands that we will not reconnect water until the payments have been done.
On Wednesday, the council cut the water supply to Government buildings, including the hospital, due to incurred high debts dating from 2015.
Records indicate that the Ministry of Works and Transport tops the list of debtors with arrears of N.dollars 3.8 million, followed by the Katima Mulilo State Hospital, which falls under the Ministry of Health and Social Services, with a debt of N.dollars 800 000.
Water meters were also locked at the Katima Mulilo Police Station, which is sitting with a debt of N.dollars 288 000, including the Ministry of Agricultures forestry directorate with arrears of N.dollars 400 000.
The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, under which the Katima Mulilo sports complex falls, acquired a debt of N.dollars 170 000 between December 2015 and January 2016.
The different business complexes within Katima Mulilo owe a combined N.dollars 16 million, and that no single resident of the Chotto informal settlement who is connected to a water meter, has honoured to pay their rates and taxes.