Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Honourable Saviour Kasukuwere launched the national borehole drilling programme that will see 500 boreholes being drilled in rural Mashonaland East, Central and Manicaland.
The programme will also see the rehabilitation of 10 000 dysfunctional boreholes across the country.
The drilling of the 500 boreholes will bring to 2000 the number of boreholes drilled in the country since the launch of the $60 million Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in 2012. The Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme will see 1500 boreholes being drilled in the provinces of Masvingo, Mashonaland West, Midlands, Matabeleland North and South.
The programme is being funded by the Chinese Government through Chins Aid.
Officially launching the programme at Dunolly Primary School in Chihota Communal lands, Minister Kasukuwere said the drilling of the boreholes would result in the transformation of thousands of rural livelihoods.
“When completed, this national programme will add 2000 new boreholes and 10 000 boreholes that were dysfunctional, giving in some 12 000 additional boreholes to our people in the rural areas,” said the Minister, adding that water remained a fundamental human right.
“The right to water ranks high among other fundamental human rights and that is the sole reason why Government remains firmly committed to the provision of safe and reliable drinking water to our people.
“As Government we shall always strive to ensure that each and every Zimbabwean has access to water as we strongly believe that water is life,” said Minister Kasukuwere.
He added that water provision was also a top priority of Zimasset.
The Minister also commended the Chinese Government for standing by Zimbabwe in its development programmes.