Victory as Residents Win Covid-19 Case

The High Court of Zimbabwe today has ordered the government of Zimbabwe and the City of Harare to urgently take concrete steps to improve water supplies in the face of the COVID 19 and the subsequent lock down. CHRA’s urgent court application today yielded positive results as the Harare City Council, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Health consented to the provisional order sought by residents.

The matter was heard before Justice Zhou, who asked the parties in the matter to come to an agreement as it was clear that the Applicant’s matter had strong merits. The order highlighted the following:

  1. Harare City Council to produce a schedule for the immediate deployment of water bowsers to communities and the schedule should be sent to CHRA and its lawyers in 24 hours.
  2. Harare City Council to fix all broken boreholes within the City and produce a maintenance schedule within 24 hours.
  3. Harare City Council to provide marshals at water points so as to monitor compliance to social distancing.
  4. The Ministry of Finance consented to the order to urgently release funds to purchase water chemicals for the City
  5. The Ministry of Local Government and also Ministry of Health did not argue. Their lawyer agreed to fully comply with the order.

CHRA was represented by Women in Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) .

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)

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