The government should take serious initiatives to ensure all rural households have piped water.

These were the remarks of Zanu PF Politburo member and Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province, Ambassador Cain Mathema at the Zanu PF Midlands Province inter-district meeting in Gweru.

Most rural people walk long distances and spend time fetching water from boreholes or open sources which are not even safe for drinking, thereby compromising their health.

Cde Mathema said safe water is essential for rural communities as it improves the quality of life and dignity of rural folk.

“It isĀ  high time that government and donors stop drilling boreholes for rural communities and instead start focusing on piped water supply systems for each rural household,” he said.

Cde Mathema also touched on the succession issue, saying it is not a subject for discussion as the ruling Zanu PF party already has its candidate for 2018 general elections in President Robert Mugabe.

Zanu PF Secretary for External Affair, who is also Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi called for unity within the revolutionary party.

Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Chairman, Engineer Daniel McKenzi Ncube warned district chairpersons against imposition of candidates to represent the party in the coming general elections.

The provincial inter-district meeting, which was punctuated by song and dance, was graced by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, who is also the Provincial Political Commissar Cde Makhosini Hlongwane, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Engineer Tapiwa Matangaidze, the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima and the National Deputy Secretary for Environment and Tourism in the Politburo, who is also the legislator for Chirumhanzu Zibagwe Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa.