President mourns Cde Jonga


By Political Editor
Bruce Chahwanda

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid his condolences to the Jonga family following the death of Permanent Secretary in Charge of the District Development Fund, Cde James Jonga.

President Mnangagwa described the late Cde Jonga as a towering professional with an exemplary work ethic and unflinchingly focused on fulfilling the development needs of the nation.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President General Retired Constantino Chiwenga visited the Jonga family to pay their condolences this Saturday.

President Mnangagwa described the late Cde Jonga as a towering professional with an exemplary work ethic and unflinchingly focused on fulfilling the development needs of the nation.

“A servant who was at the beck and call of our citizens, particularly in the rural areas, Dr Jonga as an avid performer with boundless energy and had a clear understanding of the country’s infrastructural development trajectory,” said the President.

“He led and mentored his subordinates, who together with us all will no doubt be inspired to safeguard his legacy through diligently continuing with programmes that he was passionately implementing in order to uplift livelihoods under the National Development Strategy 1 and Vision 2030 under the second republic.

“He presided over a number of projects, Nyaminyami in Kariba, water division, Aircraft Section now Falcon Air, Marine section, Greenbelt irrigation programme and moving water Industry programme which is a bedrock of small scale irrigation projects across the country.”

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga spoke glowingly about the works of the late Dr Jonga.

“Jonga was instrumental in rural development through drilling of boreholes, construction of dams in all provinces for irrigation purposes,” said the Vice President.

Family representatives told the country’s leadership that burial for the late Dr Jonga is set for Tuesday in Mhondoro.

The late Dr James Jonga who succumbed to lung cancer on Thursday and government extended a state assisted funeral for him.

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