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Zinwa circles fret over “shoddy” presidential boreholes

Harare | The Presidential borehole scheme is now on full throttle with renowned businessmen Scott Sakupwanya and Paul Tungwarara’s companies among those contracted to carry out the project.

Sakupwanya’s Better Brands and Tungwarara’s Prevail Group International are among those contracted by Zinwa to drill and install 35 000 solar-powered boreholes and nutritional gardens in all the country’s villages.

Apart from drilling boreholes, Scott famous for flouting cash on social media, and Tungwarara the Talk Chart founder recently hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after they reportedly failed to bring American rapper DaBaby on a show scheduled for November 17.

However, there have been mixed feelings among Zinwa top officials over some of the work, with BetterBrands being at the receiving end.

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Prevail Group International employees installing a borehole in Chipinge recently

On Friday, Better Brands allegedly exposed Vice President Constantino Chiwenga when they made him commision a “shoddy” solar-powered borehole and nutrional garden in Insiza.

Information permanent secretary Mr Nick Mangwana posted on his X account vice president Chiwenga commissioning the borehole.

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“The Vice President, Hon. C.G.D.N Chiwenga, commissioned a nutrition garden and piped water scheme at Singwango1 primary school; he also toured and commissioned the solarized borehole scheme.#Vision2030,” he said.

Information gathered has it that President Mnangagwa was supposed to commision the borehole, but plans changed at the last minute due to its shoddy work.

Zinwa circles fret over "shoddy" presidential boreholes

“We are stark in between a rock and a hard surface, as Zinwa officials and some of the firms we contracted are doing shoddy work.

However, our hands are tied as they are well connected to the top elites,” said a Zinwa official who pleaded for anonymity.

Another Zinwa official said the shoddy work put the name of the government in disrepute.

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“The boreholes should be uniform across the country with a clear model that will be replicated by all partners. Imagine the same project with different stuff; Prevail is doing their own thing while Better Brands is doing the other,” said the official.

Currently, Prevail Group International has been lauded for maintaining its professional standards commissioning several state of the art solar powered boreholes most commissioned by President Mnangagwa.

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