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Zimbabweans Bid Farewell to Late Activist Arnold Payne

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The late Arnold Payne is well-known for pushing a wheelbarrow with water from the Zambezi River to Bulawayo, Gwanda and Harare to raise awareness of water woes in Matabeleland regions. (Courtesy Photo)

The late Arnold Payne is well-known for pushing a wheelbarrow with water from the Zambezi River to Bulawayo, Gwanda and Harare to raise awareness of water woes in Matabeleland regions. (Courtesy Photo)

He is well-known for pushing a 210 litre-drum of water from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo then Gwanda in 1992 to campaign for the taping of water from Zambezi River

Condolences from Zimbabweans of all walks of life continue pouring in for the late activist Arnold Payne, who died in Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo aged 75, with many describing him as a key campaigner for the completion of the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project.

The late Payne is well-known for pushing a 210 litre-drum of water from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo then Gwanda in 1992, to prove that if one person could bring water from the Zambezi River to the cities, then the government and other stakeholders could easily accomplish a similar larger task.

Payne, who was involved in various water projects in Bulawayo, later proceeded with the empty wheel barrow to Harare to raise the same awareness in parliament.

Former Bulawayo deputy mayor alderman, David Ndlovu, said the late activists’ efforts made a great impact in the country and it is unfortunate that he died before realizing his dream.

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