Govt works on projects at Tokwe Mukosi Dam

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

THE Gov­ern­ment is al­ready work­ing on a num­ber of devel­op­ment projects ahead of the com­ple­tion of the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Masvingo, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the graduation cer­e­mony of 184 stu­dents at Mushandike Col­lege of Wildlife in Masvingo last Fri­day, the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri, said work at the dam was mov­ing ac­cord­ing to plan.

She said con­struc­tion work is set to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber.

“Cab­i­net is al­ready seized with com­ing up with a devel­op­ment plan for the Tok­weMukosi Dam which is near com­ple­tion. We do not have to wait for its com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber in or­der to start plan­ning, we have to start now so we will not be caught un­awares,” said Min­is­ter Muchin­guriKashiri.

She said there is a need to pre­pare for a mas­sive ir­ri­ga­tion pro­ject and Ton­gaat Hul­let is one of the com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in the wa­ter from the dam as it will open sug­ar­cane farms.

“We are al­ready work­ing with Ton­gaat Hul­let on how best they will as­sist our peo­ple ben­e­fit from sug­ar­cane farm­ing. We want all those with in­ter­est to come for­ward as we look for­ward to ad­dress­ing is­sues of food se­cu­rity not only in Masvingo but the coun­try at large. Once com­pleted the dam will have large vol­umes of wa­ter from which many peo­ple will ben­e­fit through fish­eries, ir­ri­ga­tion and a num­ber of busi­nesses,” Min­is­ter Muchin­guri-Kashiri said.

The com­ple­tion of the $250 mil­lion dam was de­layed over pay­ment chal­lenges, but by the be­gin­ning of next year, peo­ple will be har­ness­ing its wa­ter in a num­ber of projects.

Once com­plete, the dam will trans­form the prov­ince into a green belt and sus­tain liveli­hoods through ir­ri­ga­tion, tourism, fish­eries, among other busi­ness ven­tures. — @wal­terbm­swazie.

Min­is­ter Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri

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