LIVE: Beitbridge-Harare highway dualisation launch; Tokwe – Mukosi Dam commissioning

All is set for the launch of the Beitbridge-Harare and Harare Chirundu highways dualisation project launch at a colourful ceremony at Chaka Business Center this morning. - Pic by Kudakwashe Hunda

All is set for the launch of the Beitbridge-Harare and Harare Chirundu highways dualisation project launch at a colourful ceremony at Chaka Business Center this morning. – Pic by Kudakwashe Hunda

PRESIDENT Mugabe this morning officially launches the US$1 billion dualisation project of the Beitbridge-Harare and Harare-Chirundu highways at Chaka Business center in Chirumhanzu before commissioning the US$250 million Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Chivi later in the day.

The Herald gives you live feeds of these two landmark events. Stay logged in and participate in the discussion through the Disqus Comments platform below.

FEEDS: Farirai Machivenyika, Simiso Mlevu, PHOTOGRAPHY: Wilson Kakurira (Tokwe-Mukosi)  & Kudakwashe Hunda (Chaka, Chirumhanzu), EDITOR: Happiness Chikwanha

Scores of people already at the Chaka Business Center ahead of the ground breaking ceremony of the Beitbridge-Harare  highway dualisation project.

Scores of people already at the Chaka Business Center ahead of the ground breaking ceremony of the Beitbridge-Harare highway dualisation project.

11:43 - Scores of people already at the Chaka Growth Point ahead of the ground breaking ceremony of the Beitbridge-Harare  highway dualisation project

Traditional dance groups are providing entertainment.

Traditional dance groups are providing entertainment.

11:45 - Traditional dance groups are providing entertainment.

11:51 - President Mugabe arrives  at Chaka Business Center in Chirumhanzu ahead of the commencement of proceedings.

11: 53 – President Mugabe later in the day is also expected to commission the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam and launch a US$1 million fishery project in Masvingo Province.

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11:57 – Tokwe-Mukosi dam is located about 72 kilometers south of Masvingo city.

President Mugabe is also expected to commission a US$1 million fishery project at Tokwe Mukosi - Pic by Wilson Kakurira.

President Mugabe is also expected to commission a US$1 million fishery project at Tokwe Mukosi – Pic by Wilson Kakurira.

12:00 – Meanwhile at Tokwe-Mukosi, multitudes of Zimbabweans are making way to the venue to witness government’s commitment towards the implementation of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset).

 

At Chaka Business Center different dance groups are entertaining delegates.

At Chaka Business Center different dance groups are entertaining delegates.

12:05 - Tokwe-Mukosi dam, is testimony of the fulfillment of the ZimAsset cluster on Infrastructure Development and Utilities. The dam (edited)  is set to make significant contribution to the Food Security and Nutrition cluster by providing water to irrigate 25 000 hectares of land.

Part of the crowd gathered at Chaka Business Center for the launch of the Beitbridge-Harare and Harare-Chirundu highways by President Mugabe this afternoon.

Part of the crowd gathered at Chaka Business Center for the launch of the Beitbridge-Harare and Harare-Chirundu highways by President Mugabe this afternoon.

12:08 - As faithfuls wait for the beginning of the official program here in Chivi, Gororo Primary, Songamiti Secondary Schools and The police band are providing entrainment.

At Tokwe-Mukosi delegates are enjoying music from different dance groups.

At Tokwe-Mukosi delegates are enjoying music from different dance groups.

12:20 – Meanwhile President Mugabe has been welcomed by the Masvingo Provincial leadership at Chaka and is having a brief.

At Tokwe Mukosi several dance groups are also entertaining delegates.

At Tokwe Mukosi several dance groups are also entertaining delegates.

12:30 - Several ministers are already here. The presidential brief is still on.

12:50 – Meanwhile President Mugabe lands to a   rapturous applause by the thousands of people at the venue!

12:51 - Several cabinet ministers, parliamentarians have also arrived at the venue.

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12: 52 - Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko have also arrived at the venue.

12:53 - The dualisation of the highways  is being led by Geiger International at a cost of close to US$1 billion

13:04 – The national anthem is being sung before commencement of proceedings

13:10- Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Jaison Machaya making welcome remarks

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo giving his remakrs.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo giving his remakrs.

13:21 - Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo is now on the podium. He says the project will take three years to complete at a cost of $984 million through a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) agreement. He pledges to monitor the project to ensure quality and value for money.

Delegates follow proceedings at the launch of the Beitbridge- Harare and Harare- Chirundu highways dualisation project at Chaka Business Center, Chirumhanzu.

Delegates follow proceedings at the launch of the Beitbridge- Harare and Harare- Chirundu highways dualisation project at Chaka Business Center, Chirumhanzu.

13:24 - Geiger International vice chairman Eric Geiger pledges to subcontract 40 % of the value of the project to local companies.

13:31-Vice President Mphoko introduces President Mugabe to address the gathering.

President Mugabe addresses delegates.

President Mugabe addresses delegates.

13:34 - President Mugabe takes to the podium to deliver his speech.

13:40 – President Mugabe says the project will have a multiplier effect on the economy.

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13:47 - He says illegal sanctions imposed on the country have affected infrastructure development in the country.

13:55 – President Mugabe urges local companies to   participate fully in the project and warns them against overcharging so that they can be considered in future project.

14:02 - President Mugabe immediately warps up by paying his condolences to Minister Gumbo who lost his son two weeks ago

Part of the equipment on the ground at Chaka.

Part of the equipment on the ground at Chaka.

14:05 - He ends by officially launching the construction of the dualised highway.

14:10 - Vice President Mnangagwa now giving vote of thanks.

14:11 Stay logged in for pictures of the ground-breaking ceremony

14:16 – WE CROSS OVER TO TOKWE MUKOSI, where President Mugabe is proceeding to commission the Tokwe Mukosi dam as well as commission a US$1 million fishing project.

Berejena Primary School entertains the crowd at Gororo village in Chivi ahead of the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam by President Mugabe this afternoon.

Berejena Primary School entertains the crowd at Gororo village in Chivi ahead of the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam by President Mugabe this afternoon.

14:22 Berejena Primary School is entertaining the crowd here at Gororo Village in Chivi through breathtaking displays. Mass Displays are part of the new curriculum introduced by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

14:24 - Through mass displays, Berejena Primary School emphasised the importance of team work in the implementation of ZimAsset.

Part of the crowd gathered for the commissioning of the Tokwe Mukosi dam.

Part of the crowd gathered for the commissioning of the Tokwe Mukosi dam.

14:27 - There is a bumper crowd here at Gororo Primary waiting for the arrival of President Mugabe, the man who is steering the ZimAsset ship which has seen the completion of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam.

14:47 - President Mugabe is expected to land at Gororo anytime.

14:59 – Meanwhile Berejena Primary School which staged mass displays has been called back to the stage by popular demand. Their displays emphasised unity and collaboration if results are to be attained.

Members of the public dance to music by Zimbabwe Republic Police band entertaining guests earlier on.

Members of the public dance to music by Zimbabwe Republic Police band entertaining guests earlier on (updated).

15:10 - Three choppers just flew past where the crowd is gathered signaling the arrival of President Mugabe in Chivi. His Excellency will go straight into a briefing with ZINWA and Government officials

15:28 - Police Band is keeping the crowd entertained as they wait for the official proceedings which will resume any moment from now.

15:30 - Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Cde Abigail Damasane joins the police band in dancing, much to the amusement of the crowd.

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15:36 – Deputy Minister Damasane leads the police band in singing the late South African musician, Joe Mafela’s song, Thoko Ujola Nobani.

Damasane

15:51 – Some of the banners on display here at the venue of the official openning of Tokwe Mukosi Dam read, “ZimAsset: For Accelerated Economic Growth”, “Mugabe is Right” and “Zimbabwe @37, embracing ease of doing business for socio-economic development”.

16:10 – President Mugabe has come out of the briefing and will start by commissioning the project!

16:18 - President Mugabe is accompanied by the two Vice Presidents, Cdes Mnangagwa and Mphoko

16:23 -  President Mugabe has commissioned Tokwe-Mukosi Dam here at Gororo Village! 

ZRP band entertain guests ahead of the commissioning of Tokwe Mukosi dam in Gororo, Masvingo.

ZRP band entertain guests ahead of the commissioning of Tokwe Mukosi dam in Gororo, Masvingo.

16:24 - He is now headed to the main venue where thousands of people are gathered to witness the historic event.

16:27 - His Excellency has arrived and the police band leads the crowd in singing the national anthem.

Delegates earlier on enjoyed music by various entertainment groups at Gororo Village.

Delegates earlier on enjoyed music by various entertainment groups at Gororo Village.

16:28 -  The Director of Ceremony is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate Mr prince Mupazviriho. Mr Mupazviriho has invited Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Cde Shuvai Mahofa to make welcome remarks.

16:30 - Cde Mahofa thanks President Mugabe for the good gesture extended to the people of Masvingo. “Baba, Baba, Baba, nhasi ndezveduwo!” says Cde Mahofa.

16:32 - Vice President Mnangagwa has been invited to introduce the guest of honour who is President Mugabe. He does so before castigating lazy people.

Delegates earlier on enjoyed music by various entertainment groups at Gororo Village.

Delegates earlier on enjoyed music by various entertainment groups at Gororo Village.

16:33 – President Mugabe takes to the podium and starts with salutations recognising the presence of his deputies, Government ministers, the construction company, and Masvingo villagers.

16:34 – “Cdes and friends, we are gathered here because of water. This is not a river. It’s a man made feature. We have waited for long for this dam to be finished. We always asked ourselves when it would eventually be finished. I even visited here to assess progress.

16:36 – “The construction company, Salin, would sometimes give up working demanding payment, but I am glad they have worked with us till the end”

Dam 116:37 – President Mugabe says the dam will improve people’s social and economic independence.   He says the idea of building Tokwe-Mukosi dam was mooted during the pre-independence era but construction only started in 1998.

16:39 - The coming in of Tokwe-Mukosi Mukosi will see an addition of 25 000 hectares of irrigation land. The addition of irrigable land will lead to the creation of many jobs down stream.

16:40 – “I am reliably informed that the dam will benefit sugar producer, Tongatt Hullet and many other companies around (here).

16:42 - Tokwe-Mukosi Dam will have a hydro electric pump that will produce 50 megawatts and this will help alleviate power shortages

16:43 – The Dam will add to the tourist destination which already boast of Great Zimbabwe and Lake Mutirikwi among others.

 

Ras Caleb performs his song "Tokwe Mukosi" earlier today ahead of the commissioning of the Tokwe Mukosi dam at Gororo in Masvingo.

Ras Caleb performs his song “Tokwe Mukosi” earlier today ahead of the commissioning of the Tokwe Mukosi dam at Gororo in Masvingo.

16:45 – “Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce and pay tribute to the people who made this project a success. These are the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate; Zinwa, our contractor, Salin and all ministries and departments that contributed.

Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (c) explains to President Mugabe and VP Mnangagwa how the water gates at Tokwe-Mukosi dam operate.

Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (c) explains to President Mugabe and VP Mnangagwa how the water gates at Tokwe-Mukosi dam work.

16:47-”This is what the Zanu PF government has done. The party is determined to improve people’s lives. No other party has the capacity to do this. We have not done this for the people of Masvingo only, this is a national project. People will be coming here for fishing. All along we have been getting fish primarily from the Zambezi River but things have been made easy for us,” says President Mugabe.

16:50 - President Mugabe warns Masvingo villagers to guard against siltation adding that it will lead to the diminishing of the project.

Vice President Mphoko and Cde Shuvai Mahofa follow proceedings during the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Masvingo today. - Pic by Wilson Kakurira

Vice President Mphoko and Cde Shuvai Mahofa follow proceedings during the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Masvingo today. – Pic by Wilson Kakurira

16:52 - ”Also, let me advise those who do panning, may you please practice caution when panning (for gold and other minerals).

Tokwe Mukosi 416:53 – “Here we have used the brains God gave us to improve our lives. With the few words, I hereby declare Tokwe-Mukosi Dam commissioned.”

16:54 -” I thank all of you for coming here. We are together in this,” he says. Addressing Cde Mahofa, President Mugabe says it is up to her to ensure that people use the availed resources wisely.

Tokwe Mukosi 716:57 – Cde Mahofa thanks President Mugabe for the good gesture extended to the people of Masvingo.

LATE UPDATE: Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri announced that ZINWA will be donating a bull to President Mugabe to add to his earlier donation of cattle to the African Union (AU).

This wraps up our blog and we thank you so much for following through. Join the discussion below to express and share your thoughts. 

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  • Jerenyenje

    briefing still on?? we waiting for the dam pictures.

  • Kire

    This is a new start for new towards fruitful endings

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    But why are you so queer to avoid joining us celebrating such development . Yes its your constitutional right to comment but comments can be wise or foolish. Forgive me for finding yours not foolish, but fastidious.

  • i want the contract

    nice pictures of perfectly pre-printed placards too!

    • theheraldonline

      Also check out some new pictures that have been updated.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    I understand , but it is also my constitutional right to disabuse those myopic like you . We get educated to use our education to uplift those struggling to see better because of their constitutional political tastes. KKkkkkk!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Mr Editor , thanks for the timely and good picture showing Cde VP Mpoko sitting next to Cde Minister Amai Mahofa. That augurs well for the ongoing unity in our ZANU PF. I hope our two leaders will show relaxation or smiling faces next time around.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    When we started our armed struggle , there were doubting Thomases like you. It was not easy but we accomplished the struggle. Building roads is expensive but not as tough as our armed struggle . “ We will develop our kantry dispayiti very iginorendi atichudzi“ from those against our gavhumendi projects“, a quote from Cde Chinos` linguistic style.

    • Vhomoto

      Why has your government waited 37 yrs to do that. Get lost prof

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      Professor – was it not just a few years ago that we saw President Mugabe holding a big cheque in Marange? What happened to all those diamonds? Where is Dangote and his fast tracked investments? The Russians and their mega deals are still as elusive as the Mafia. Do you remember that bridge across the Manyame river in Norton that took 15 years to complete – the same time as the liberation struggle. There is a vast gas field in Lupane (which Botswana is already mining) yet we are still using firewood. What about the uranium? Kana usinganyatsoizivi hurumende iyi nemabiribobi ayo nyarara.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Which country had all its projects implemented and completed like in God`s creation workshop story in the Bible, in one week? You imagine your miracle laden MDCT government emerging from opposition ashes, getting funds from Western utopia, completing all projects like a wedding party. Stop your political necromancer imaginations please. Tipeiwo ma serious please. My foot!

    • Taneta

      I am just curious to know Prof. Did you win the armed struggle or you just attained independence???

  • Tsotso

    Pakuzoti vote zanu pf apa chete, zvinei nezvirikuitika apa??

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Ah , nothing amiss in starting our campaign now. MDCT inomirira kuti Evan Mawarire aite one man drama . Kana vazoruza voti kwahi i “zheki“ rigging! Kkkkkk!

  • chiendambuya

    Anything done to upgrade the road is welcome. .BUT if you show me a PICTURE of one ChiGrader… I am FULL of doubt how sincere you are about the project and the LIVES lost

  • Madyira

    What about the dam dimensions, the size?

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    I beg to differ with you Mr Van der Byl! I am actually disabusing people who blindly opposite progress. Its politics stupid on their part, because they suffer from Myopic Opposition Politics Syndrome(MOPS)!

  • Taneta

    In all the literature on the Zimbabwean liberation struggle I have never came across anything which says Zanla won the war except on Zanu propaganda. For example Smith’s army raided Zanu bases one after the other and destroyed them. Kindly tell me one army base yaSmith that you attacked and destroyed. Your best achievement in the war that you celebrate to this day is the fuel tanks that you bombed, which was a civilian property. Hence my question. The way you say you won the war its as if you lorded it over the enemy and completely destroyed him, yet the opposite is true.

  • Tom

    You mean to say, you don’t know either. Let people comment when they know from experience how bad the current government is at completing projects. You have to be in a position you reasoned yourself into before you can be reasoned with. Blind faith, bible quotes, sabre rattling marxist rhetoric – they just make you look stupid bro