Thuli Manyange Dam project, one of the fruits of independence

By Providence Maraneli

THE government’s people centred and inclusive development is changing the face of rural communities with the people of Gwanda celebrating the country’s 42nd Independence anniversary in style through the construction of the Thuli-Manyange Dam.

The construction of Thuli-Manyange dam was on the radar before independence and remained a pipe dream until the advent of the Second Republic which breathed life into the project which is on the verge of completion.

When ZBC News visited the area in 2017, farmers were digging riverbed wells to provide water for their animals and women were travelling long distances to fetch water.

However, there has been a paradigm shift under the Second Republic with the newly constructed coffer dam already providing water for livestock and the community in general.

“Brick by brick, we will build Zimbabwe,” declared President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the results at Thuli-Manyange are there for everyone to see.

“We were just young boys in the 60s when we saw trucks coming with materials to construct and it stalled, but just now the speed at which its moving is so encouraging. We are told that there is going to be a pipe coming to our irrigation scheme here at Guyu and we are so happy,” said a villager.

The age of constructing infrastructure for ornamental purposes is gone, as Zimbabweans enjoy the real fruits of independence in line with the second republic’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.

“We have seen what the drought has done to our cropping season, once the dam is completed we are going to expand our irrigation scheme and if possible ask from the community to turn their fields into irrigation schemes because rain fed agriculture has failed. We are really happy,” said Jeffrey Ndlovu, Guyu Village Head.

The project which is set to transform the dry region of Gwanda into a greenbelt will help in conveyance of water to the over 1500 hectares of irrigable land identified downstream.

The dam will also supply water to the proposed Manama town and surrounding areas.