The anticipated demonstrations by Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) on current water crisis slated for Thursday December 4th have been cancelled.
Cama executive director John Kapito was expected lead a consumers’ march to Blantyre Water Board (BWB) where they wanted to hold vigils until their demands on water shortages are met.
Kapito threatened to collect faeces to be scattered at BWB premises so that BWB management appreciate what consumers who have no water are coping up wit
But the vigil has been cancelled after a meeting between Cama and BWB officials on Wednesday afternoon in which the utility provider through its chairperson James Naphambo committed to start distributing water to residential areas, townships, hospitals and other affected institutions through tanks on daily basis until water supply is restored.
During the 2-hour heated meeting BWB agreed to release a detailed programme of the water distribution which will be monitored by Cama and the media.
Kapito told the media soon after the meeting they have given BWB two weeks to restore water supply.
He also said that the demonstrations have not been cancelled entirely but that have been put on hold following a dialogue with BWB officials.
“Since BWB have made a commitment to fulfil demands raised in our petition, we have decided to allow them implement some of our raised concerns and put the demonstrations on hold,” Kapito said.
Kapito disclosed the consumer watchdog will sign a communiqué with BWB on points raised and discussed during the meeting, adding Cama will monitor how the utility provider is fulfilling demands in the petition.
The consumer rights activist said they will stage demonstration if the water shortages, which have affected businesses and lives of many people, do not improve.
“It doesn’t mean the demonstrations have been completely cancelled, we have put them on hold and allow BWB deliver what they have pledged;” stated Kapito
Naphambo promised that the water situation would improve while they are working on upgrading the supply system.
He disclosed that in the next 10 days BWB will commission newly constructed water tanks in Chimwankhunda, Kameza and Chigumula, which are expected to improve water supply in the city.
“We are expanding our system and once it’s done the problem we are facing will be a thing of the past,” said Naphambo.
He disclosed that water bourses will be distributing water around the city starting Thursday.
BWB is installing new pumps and upgrade the piping system aside from improving the capacity to meet the city’s 96 million litres daily demand.
Due to the crisis basic services such as hospitals and hospitality institutions are failing to provide consumers adequately.
Businesses have suffered too impacting greatly on their production levels and provision of basic commodities to consumers in Blantyre and the country in general.
Cama has since demanded government to immediately restructure and remove the incompetent management of Blantyre Water Board if water supplies are not restored in Blantyre with immediate effect.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :