By Tapiwa Machemedze
TREASURY has pledged to timeously release funding for the Kanyemba project to ensure various development targets are met.
The transformation of Kanyemba is gathering pace with Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube committing to ensure the speedy release of funds to mitigate delays.
He made the commitment during a visit by Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga to the area on Thursday to assess progress made.
“I’m aware that sometimes treasury’s speed to release funds is slow and I can assure that we will try our best to release funds in a timeous manner for these projects to move ahead,” he said.
Several ministers and deputies who were part of the delegation gave progress reports, with the construction works on the ECD block at Mariga Primary School now complete.
“Roofing of the ECD block at Mariga Primary School is now complete and we feel it is ready for use. In 2019 we received an allocation of 1.5 million and this year the project received a 20-million-dollar allocation. We hope with this provision the project will be completed,” said Edgar Moyo, the school’s representative.
10 kilometres have been tarred on the Mahuwe-Kanyemba road while feasibility studies for a Y-bridge connecting Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are in progress.
“We’ve completed tarring of 5.5 kilometres and its open to traffic. 4.5 kilometres is at various stages of construction,” said Joe Biggie Matiza.
The Ministry of Energy and Power Development is preparing to draw power from a station in Luangwa in neighbouring Zambia 7 kilometres away in order to power-up Kanyemba and 310 thousand dollars in funding is required.
“Our neighbours were powering using diesel so they have put up a power plant and they require 260 000 dollars for us to draw power from them. A local contractor requires 50 thousand dollars to undertake the projects,” said Minister Chasi.
The post of a District Medical Officer has now been filled by the Ministry of Health and Child Care amid plans for Chapoto clinic to be expanded to cater for more people.
“There is a need to upgrade the clinic to a bigger thing, we need surgery for when the need arises. We need more medicines and even anti-venom. Am sure there are a lot of snakes since the forests are undisturbed and we shall be having lots of tourist and visitors in the area,” said deputy minister of health and child care Dr Innocent Mangwiro.
Kanyemba lies in Cabora Basa basin rich in minerals in addition to vast land for agriculture, with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement calling for investors into the area.
“We’d like to invite investors both local and foreign and we can open upon to 100 000 hectares for agricultural purposes,” said Minister Shiri
The Zambezi River forms a major resource around which development programmes will be anchored.
By Tapiwa Machemedze