Zim’s $1,3 billion proud moments •$250m Tokwe-Mukosi Dam opening •$1bn dualisation launch

Cde Mahofa

Cde Mahofa

George Maponga Masvingo Bureau—
GOVERNMENT will today showcase major strides in the infrastructure and utilities cluster of Zim-Asset, with the commissioning of two mega projects worth a whopping $1,3billion when President Mugabe officially commissions the $250 million Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Chivi soon after the landmark official launch of the $1 billion dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare highway at Chaka Business Centre in Chirumhanzu. This is indeed a proud moment in the country’s history given the debilitating effects of the West’s illegal sanctions regime that is estimated to have cost Zimbabwe over $42 billion in revenue since the turn of the millennium in addition to contracting the economy by a factor of over 40 percent.

The ruinous sanctions regime did not spare the utilities and infrastructure sector as roads, civil aviation and railway networks across the country have not seen major improvements and modernisation due to shortage of capital and long-term investment opportunities owing to the sanctions squeeze.

President Mugabe will commission the 1,8 billion cubic metre dam that was completed in December last year after a full 18 years as Government battled against all odds to bring the project to fruition.

The mega dam was initially supposed to be completed over a two-year period, but construction, which started in March 1998, was stopped a year later after payment problems between Government and the Italian contractor Salini-Impregilo.

It was to be a recurring problem over the dam’s 18-year construction.
The painstaking journey makes today’s commissioning a testament to the Government’s tenacity in the face of a debilitating economic sanctions regime.

The commissioning of what is now Zimbabwe’s largest inland dam, which was pencilled for tomorrow, was moved forward to today.
Secretary for Environment, Water and Climate Mr Prince Mupazviriho on Tuesday confirmed the bringing forward of Tokwe Mukosi Dam commissioning in a statement.

“The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate wishes to advise all stakeholders and members of the public that the official commissioning of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde R.G. Mugabe, which was supposed to take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 will now be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the dam site,’’ he said.

“Stakeholders are advised to take note of the new date in their planning. The programme of events for the day remains unchanged.’’
Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa yesterday said the entire province was eagerly awaiting the commissioning of the dam.

She said the drought-stricken province would never be the same after the coming on board of the new reservoir with a potential to irrigate more than 25 000 hectares.

‘’We are very much excited that tomorrow (today) His Excellency the President, Cde R.G Mugabe will commission Tokwe Mukosi Dam that will transform the social and economic landscape of our province because of its vast irrigation potential,” she said.

“Masvingo will never be the same again and the province is destined for greater heights.’’

Sen Mahofa said besides turning vast swathes of arid parts of southern Masvingo into a perennial greenbelt, Tokwe Mukosi Dam would end the scourge of hunger and unemployment in the province.

‘’We want to thank President Mugabe and the Zanu-PF Government for tirelessly looking for resources to complete Tokwe Mukosi Dam at a time when Zimbabwe was grappling with illegal sanctions imposed by the West,” she said.

“Yes, its a big day for Masvingo because there will also be official launch of the dualisation project.”
Tokwe Mukosi Dam is over 70 percent full, with collected water translating to over 1,2 billion cubic metres.

This makes the dam the biggest holder of water in Zimbabwe.
Besides opening 25 000ha to year-round irrigation, Tokwe Mukosi Dam will also provide irrigation water to Lowveld cane plantations, with the country’s sugar output expected to surge by 15 percent.

A $400 million ethanol plant is also planned at the Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi banking on water from the dam, while a mega-national park is set to be created in the dam’s immediate environments.

Besides potential for tourism, the dam will also house a 15 Megawatt mini-hydro power plant that is already under construction.

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  • jj

    Progress is completing one dam in 18 yrs! I think you have classical hydrocephalus Cde!

    • yowe

      Ko ndaita mvura mumosoro papi kkkk… i know it has taken decades tototenda flood iya yakaita vazomhanyamhanya

  • Chihuta

    Herald please tibvisireiwo zvekuti attention needed.Its disgusting,everytime when I want to open a new page that thing props up.

    • theheraldonline

      Hie Chihuta, I request that you kindly share a screenshot of what you are experiencing so that we immediately look into it. It’s sad you are experiencing such a hindrance.

      • sambiri

        You only post comments you think wont offend your pay master

      • Chipangamazano

        Sorry just a question, why does it take longer for other comments to be seen on this paper? Why don’t you just post as they are so the freedom of speech enshrined in our constitution is seen even in the government paper.

  • Kambiri

    It does’nt matter at least its now been completed for posterity better late than never.

  • winters

    This dam has been under construction for how long? I was in my late teens when it started and I’m now 40. I also have a family member who was involved in the construction from day one and every time it was put on hold was because of non payment. What are you so proud of, that it took you 20 years to build one dam and even longer to add a couple of lanes to a road.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      There are good reasons why it took long. You can sulky while we celebrate the development. Suit yourself please. It does not cease to be good because of time taken to complete it. The same will apply when water is finally drawn from Zambezi river for Byo. Let alone Kunzwi dam for Harare. We will celebrate then while you frown!

      • winters

        Ahh water drawn from the Zambezi to Byo… now there is a project from when i was still in primary school and still no end in sight. If you read my post you will see that I know why it took so long for this dam to be completed but your reasons will be very different to mine. The project was initially supposed to take 2-3 years but took 20 due to non payment to contractors and this contract was before the so called “illegal sanctions” so that can not be blamed. I am not frowning and i am pleased that the dam is complete however i feel the time frame is too long, at this rate we will be a first world country in 300 years

  • Taru

    why steward bank has not processed any rtgs transferes since 9 May yet accounts have been debited and the money is neither at the recipient nor the sender pls help

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Yes sanctions are targeted at out Zim economy , not only on individuals as some of you wrongly believe. Sanctions are a major factor among other weaknesses. That is the factual position. But those of you who think otherwise only do so for political reasons hoping to dent our government image for political mileage. But you will still lose elections in 2018 because the majority of Zimbabweans are not politically stupid like you the minority. Period!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    You can try to twist history in vain. The people of Zimbabwe are not informed by your sellout position, hence our ZANU PF government will continue after 2018 elections. You can continue preaching hogwash, but you cant cheat the majority whom understand the truth and reality about sanctions. You can continue barking your lies but the test of the pudding you are brewing is in 2018. Be guided accordingly , you wiseacre.

  • SirH

    Kindly consider this, you borrow money from a bank and you don’t pay back what do you expect? Talk of all that crap this is the real deal makakwereta mari dzavanhu mukasabhadhara in their millions hence you got blacklisted. This is a global village lets play by the rules of the game human rights, rule of law etc zvoda respect.

  • Madara

    my question is very serious. and i expect a serious answer. if you cant answer then your sanctions mantra cannot be taken seriously by anyone. if you want to debate, bring some actual facts to the table.