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Zimbabwe Water Minister Steps Up Effort To Restore Safe Supplies

Following World Water Day on Sunday and a summit on water in Zimbabwe held late last week, Water and Sanitation Minister Sam Sipepa Nkomo said Monday that he is determined to provide safe drinking water to all Zimbabweans despite funding challenges.

Nkomo told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he was pleased with the results of a water summit on Friday in Bulawayo and has called a follow-up meeting Wednesday to advance the campaign to restore safe water service.

The breakdown of municipal water systems under the management of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority was a major contributing factor in the deadly cholera epidemic which has claimed more than 4,000 lives in the country since it too hold in August 2008.

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