Woman Arrested for False Claims of Sewage Water Supply
A Harare woman, identified as Sandra Mazviita Pamberi, has been apprehended and charged with publishing falsehoods after recording a video alleging that Adela Contracting was sourcing water from a sewage-infested river and supplying it to unsuspecting residents.
Pamberi’s video gained widespread attention on social media earlier this week.
Last night, Pamberi was taken into custody at Highlands Police Station under case number RRB 5756799. She faces charges under section 164(C) of the Criminal Code and section 95 of the Criminal Code.
In response to the allegations, Adela Contracting, the company accused in the video, issued a statement on Tuesday to clarify the situation. The company, known for its plant-hire services, denied involvement in the distribution of water for profit to individuals or corporations, stating that it has never engaged in such business.
Adela Contracting explained that it had been contracted by Runt Dutoit Property Developers for road construction purposes in the Kambanji area, Greystone Park, between Gaydon Drive and Maranzi. The company highlighted that the video was shot in an area where a stream of freshwater crosses Outspan Drive.
The private company’s mandate involved diverting the stream and draining any surplus water that could interfere with roadworks. Due to heavy rains in recent weeks, rainwater had accumulated in a pool near the stream, requiring diversion.
The water bowser captured in the video, according to Adela Contracting, was draining water from the pool to facilitate further road development, with the drained water used for road compaction. The company stressed that the water in question was not sewage water and that the area did not have any sewer lines.
Adela Contracting emphasized, “For emphasis, the water collected in the video was NOT distributed to residents or any person whatsoever outside the locality.”