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Government pleased with development projects

Story by Davison Vandira, Business Reporter

Government’s inclusive development policy of leaving no one and no place behind continues to yield positive results across the country with various development and life-changing projects being completed in Binga District.

Presenting the 17th Post Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare this Tuesday, Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Jenfan Muswere highlighted remarkable success in the implementation of development projects ranging from transport, health, education, infrastructure, and empowerment initiatives for the people of Binga.

“The Government has scored remarkable success in the implementation of the following: establishment of the Binga Vocational Skills Industrial College; delivery of two ambulances at Binga Hospital; Binga Airstrip rehabilitation; refurbishment of Binga Hospital Mortuary; construction of Chipale clinic; construction of classroom blocks and staff houses at Chibondo, Mulindi, Bulawayo Kraal and Muchesu primary schools as well as carrying out a blitz for the issuance of identification documents to the people of Binga,” he said.

He added, “Among the ongoing projects are the rehabilitation of Binga-Kamativi and Binga-Siakobvu roads; eight access roads were completed for Chiefs Siansali, Pashu, Dobola, Saba, Siachilaba, Siabuwa, Sinampande and Sinakoma. Construction of Nsungwale floods disaster recovery houses of which 37 are at various stages of completion; the drilling of boreholes for 17 chiefs, drilling of 30 boreholes for Binga North and another 30 for Binga South; delivery of 31 fishing rigs for the empowerment of women, youths and chiefs. The Government has enhanced local broadcasting services signals in Binga through the distribution of 68 set-top-boxes. The set-top boxes have facilitated connectivity and saw the establishment of Twasumpuka Radio station.”

Honourable Muswere went on, “So far 110 584 metric tonnes of maize have been distributed to families that require food relief, e-learning and Information Communication Technology Infrastructure deployment are ongoing. The nation is further informed that in terms of health provision, a total of 16 clinic projects are at various stages of implementation, and expecting mothers’ shelters were being constructed at these sites. Cabinet would like to assure the nation that Government will continue walking the talk in delivering projects that can transform the lives of all the people across the nation.”

Cabinet also updated the nation on the impressive report on the First Round Crop, Livestock and Fisheries Assessment Survey which points towards a food secure nation.

Government is also pleased with the success of the country’s agriculture transformation strategy which has seen the 2023 tobacco marketing season breaking output records, having already raked in 261 million kilogrammes of the golden leaf, with season now past the halfway stage.

“Cabinet is pleased to advise that Zimbabwe has recorded the highest tobacco production in its 198 years of history. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Dr. Anxious Jongwe Masuka, reported that the country’s tobacco output in the ongoing 2023 marketing season currently stands at 261 million kilogrammes, surpassing the previous record of 259 million kilogrammes. This is on the backdrop of the fact that 85% of the tobacco is being produced by smallholder farmers, 60% of whom are beneficiaries of the Land Reform Programme, demonstrating that Government policies in the agriculture sector are sound and continue to bear fruit.”

On the educational front, cabinet noted with satisfaction the success of the Midlands State University which won the Moot Court Competition in Africa and will duly represent the continent at 15th Nelson Mandela Human Rights Moot Court Competition World Finals in Geneva.

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