• 22 Mar, 2024
  • United Zimbabwe Alliance

UZA Statement on World Water Day

On this occasion of World Water Day, we pause to acknowledge the indispensable role that water plays in sustaining life and powering our societies. From household use to industrial processes, water is the lifeblood of our existence. It is imperative, therefore, that we manage our water resources judiciously and preemptively address any looming crisis.

Zimbabwe finds itself grappling with a harsh drought season, marked by scanty rainfall during the 2023/2024 period. For many ordinary Zimbabweans, water rationing has become a grim reality, with only a fortunate few possessing personal water systems. This scarcity not only disrupts daily life but also strains urban sanitation systems, heightening the risk of communicable diseases.

In the face of dilapidated infrastructure ill-equipped to weather such challenges, there arises a clarion call for the establishment of a robust water management system. Such a system must not only address current exigencies but also anticipate and cater to future needs. At the heart of this endeavor lies the firm belief of the UZA government: water is not merely a resource, but a universal right.

This conviction is grounded in international law, notably enshrined in Article 11 of the International Covenant On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights, and underscored in Section 77 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. With this ethos guiding our actions, the UZA government pledges to undertake concrete measures to translate this belief into reality. These measures include:

  • Revitalizing and fortifying our water infrastructure to withstand the rigors of climate change and population growth.

  • Instituting proactive water conservation strategies to judiciously manage our limited water resources.

  • Promoting community engagement and empowerment to ensure equitable access to clean water for all.

  • Investing in innovative technologies and practices to enhance water efficiency and quality.

  • Strengthening regulatory frameworks to safeguard water rights and mitigate pollution.

  • Prioritizing education and awareness campaigns to instill a culture of responsible water stewardship among our populace.

In championing these initiatives, the UZA government is steadfast in its commitment to upholding the universal right to water. By safeguarding this precious resource, we not only secure the well-being of current generations but also pave the way for a sustainable and prosperous future for Zimbabwe.