Marondera Municipality and Ram Petroleum Service Station are up in arms with each other over the sinking of a borehole by the latter in the middle of a proposed road site.
The municipality is accusing officials from the service station of sinking the borehole without consulting them, whilst officials from the service station are saying they do not see anything wrong with sinking the borehole in their own yard.
The municipality allegedly had an agreement in principle with the service station’s management that the land where the borehole was sunk should be set aside for the proposed road.
“What then surprised us is that these people went on to sink a borehole right in the middle of the proposed road without even consulting us,” said Marondera Municipality Chief Engineer, Christopher Chineka.
When contacted for comment, Darlington Molai, Ram Petroleum Service Station manager denied having flouted any arrangement with the municipality over the space.
“I do not see anything wrong by sinking a borehole in our own yard. If anything, this borehole is going to assist several residents of this town for a very long time to come that has gone for several months without water,” said Molai.
He added that through their corporate social responsibility programmes, they have sunk two boreholes at Marondera General Hospital and another one at the same hospital with assistance from Proton Bakeries.
He added that the people who are making the allegations are probably new in the Marondera municipality or are occupying wrong offices as those who have been in council for a while know where their boundaries are located.