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State of emergency declared forMbare’s New Lines area

Story by Josephine Mugiyo

THE government says the implementation of various development projects countrywide is reflective of the commitment by the Second Republic to improve livelihoods.

A state of emergency has also been declared in some areas of Harare’s Mbare suburb whose poor sewer reticulation facilities are under scrutiny.

Among issues discussed during this Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was the consideration of provincial editions of compendia of projects that have been implemented under the Second Republic.

The Acting Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Jenfan Muswere highlighted that a total of 6 869 projects are being implemented under the Second Republic countrywide, with 4 984 having been completed.

“Cabinet considered the provincial editions of compendia of projects implemented by the Second Republic. During the period 2018-2022 as presented by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitored Implementation of Government Programmes, Honorable Dr J M Gumbo, the projects implemented in the provinces reflect the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises of improving the livelihoods of the populace in line with the developmental trajectory of leaving no one and no place behind,” he said.

Among the key projects the government is undertaking is the construction of dams, with Gwayi Shangani Lake among the flagship projects in Matabeleland.

The Beitbridge-Chirundu highway is also among the priorities of the Second Republic with over 400 kilometres now open to motorists.

The rehabilitation of the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Highway is also underway.

Turning to health matters, Honourable Muswere reported that the cabinet declared a state of emergency for the New Lines Area in Mbare after a fact-finding mission that confirmed the sanitary situation in the suburb as dire and in need of urgent intervention.

“Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that a fact-finding mission to the new lines in Mbare, Harare which was presented by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry and Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that a fact-finding visit to the new lines in Mbare revealed the situation is dire and requires immediate intervention,” he said.

Cabinet also approved the Variation to the Principles on the Establishment of the Deeds, Companies, and Intellectual Property Authority as a semi-autonomous entity.

Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa undertook a state visit to Malawi which has been described as a success.

“The state visit was highly successful and the two Presidents presided over the signing of nine MOUs.”

It also emerged that Zimbabwe and Malawi re-affirmed their commitment to support each other’s candidatures and positions at regional and continental fora.

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