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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  • Kwedu

    pictures for the police band please. we are far away but with you. this is good.

  • Taurai Bwerinofa

    cant you at least provide pictures of the dam you people???

    • Stany Lee

      That’s step in the right
      direction

    • theheraldonline

      We expect to have fresh pictures of the dam when access is granted after the commissioning this afternoon. What we could give you are file pictures, which is not proper.

      • Mannex

        first time i have seen you guys respond. Thumbs up! We are really dying to see the dam in pictures. I trust your good photographers.

        • theheraldonline

          Thank you, Mannex.

  • sambiri

    sledgehammering tax payer funds unnecessary! How long did it take to complete Harare – Airport road? A mere less 30km.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Why do you not have a positive attitude on such good development projects? You only see the negative just because its not your MDCT lead government. You will die politically sour grapes singing. Nxaaaa!

      • jacktheswede

        There is no sour grapes here because factually he is right about the money gobbling airport road and it is his constitutional right to speak his mind much as i know that you wouldnt understand this.

      • ThaDoggPound

        We have every right to comment. These are our tax dollars that are being used and/or abused. Gone are the days when we ignorantly worshipped politicians for doing what they are supposed to do.

  • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

    Totenda maruva tadya hacha

  • VanDe

    Mr Cde please don’t abuse people who are airing out their views, there is nothing good which is actually beneficial the general public this govt of yours has done since 90′s so please stop lecturing us about thing we are already know there is nothing new there!!!

  • SirTiffin

    l love these projects…l am now challenged to visit Tokwe Mukosi dam site soon…let’s do it the African way, and the time is now!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Why do you think all over the world all development projects take less than 37 years to complete? Are you sober? The Bulawayo Zambezi water project was mooted in 1912, when the then colonial government was considering making Byo the city of government . Why did the colonial government die without implementing it ? Was it a ZANU PF government? Big projects take time to implement and complete , you idiot. A country`s development is not like God`s workshop as told in the Jewish Biblical story that all creation was down in one week. Usafunge like an ECD class kid please!

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      Usatuke vamwe – I wonder why the Herald allows your inflammatory and uncouth posts to go through while they are busy deleting our innocuous and innocent comments. You appear like a paid internet second narrative blogger.

    • Vhomoto

      It has always troubled me why an assumed Prof like yourself display such rudimental knowledge on various aspects we debate on. Your mentality to the very least is acutely archaic. You make reference to the 19th Century where developmental projects were devoid of technology and understandably would take years and years to complete. Grow up technology has taken over and in the absence of looting ( consistent with you and your party) projects do not take 37yrs to moot and complete. Kuba mari chete kunokunetsai. Tibvirwe zvedu.

  • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

    Your indignation is misplaced. We all know that once a government project is started there is looting of most of the funds and that is why they take long to complete. Other examples are the bridge on Mukuvisi river in waterfalls (Beatrice Road) near Masotcha road. It took more than seven years to complete. The Save bridge on the Wedza-Sadza road took twenty years to complete. Tokwe-Mukosi was a topical issue in Parliament thirty years ago – check your Hansad. The actual project took more than twenty years. Surely that is not how a government should conduct its business. Delays and non-implementation of projects point to incompetence, corruption and diversion of funds to other non-deserving institutions. We want to see progress in our own time rather than being fed with officious excuses.

  • Bababubba

    What were you fighting? Who were you fighting for?
    Please sit down; hamuna nyaua vakuru.

  • Humba Makombe

    Thank you zimbabwe,, together we can achieve great and greater things.. Makorokoto Commander in Chief,, lets sort out this dualizastion project, hama ne shamwari dzaperera mu road umu.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    It depends of the factors surrounding each project, to which you are not privy. Finance and technology issues, inter alia, can influence projects delivery.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    This is an ECD , toddler question. You seem to believe it was Lord Soames who gave Zimbabwe its freedom. Enjoy your freedom to be ignorant. Kkkkkkk!

  • Mvura

    election gimic 2018 chakachaya