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A CONSORTIUM of residents’ rights lobby groups, the Zimbabwe United Residents Association (ZURA), has threatened legal action against local authorities who are proposing to install water meters in people’s homes.

Councils of Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare have announced that very soon they will be installing prepaid water meters in all the houses.

Last week MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai publictly condemned the Bulawayo City Council over the issue saying the local authority should reconsider its move.

In a statement Tuesday, ZURA said it was going to approach the courts of law if the local councils went ahead with their plans to install water meters.

“We call upon all citizens of Zimbabwe to resist this anti-people project in all forms. We reject even the so called “pilot-tests” in the same manner and vigour as with the whole project idea. The relevant ministries are encouraged to review this project armed with the facts from the rate payers and stakeholders in mind”, said the Residents’ pressure group.

ZURA said local authorities should continue engaging residents on the issue instead of ‘imposing’ the initiative on rate payers.

On Monday the MDC Renewal encouraged residents to revolt against the move which they described as robbery by council officials.

Last year, civil society organisations and residents associations in Bulawayo mobilised more than 3 000 residents to demonstrate against the unpopular initiative.

Early this year, residents associations and stakeholders in Harare held an indaba on pre-paid metres where they resolved to continue with the consultations.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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