The University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura has blamed the CityÂ of Harare for failing to supply water to the campus, a development that has continuously forced students out of residence only to live under squalid conditions in nearby suburbs.
Although the institution is carrying out a refurbishment exercise, Professor Nyagura blames the City of Harare for failing to provide water resulting in 4 500Â beds being leftÂ unoccupied as students cannot live in their hostels without water facilities.
He said water shortages have not only affected accommodation of students, but has impacted their studies especially the departments that include Veterinary Science, Agriculture and Engineering where water is needed most.
The University of Zimbabwe is currently working on a renovation exercise of the institutionâ€™s infrastructure that includes a water reservoir that stores 1,5 mega litres of water which will only last for a week.
Harare City Council Public Relations Manager, Mr. Lesley Gwindi acknowledged the water crisis at the University, adding that they are also involved in the construction of the water reservoir as part of their mitigation program.
The university has an enrolment of 12 500 studentsÂ and the water crisis at the institution remains a major blow to the countryâ€™s education system.