Villagers expect transformation of livelihoods through Kunzvi Dam project

By Jerold Sasa

THE CONSTRUCTION of the multi-million dollar Kunzvi Dam in Goromonzi is progressing well, with villagers welcoming the project which is expected to transform the area and supply water to Harare and Chitungwiza.

It is all hands on deck at the much awaited Kunzvi Dam, whose construction started in October last year.

A visit to the dam construction site revealed significant progress on the government project with engineers seized with the construction of the dam wall’s sub structure.

The development has excited locals, who are looking forward to downstream benefits which include employment, irrigation and eco-tourism, in addition to reliable water supply.

“We are happy as locals with this development which started long back but had not progressed due to funding challenges. We expect our children to be employed as well as having irrigation,” said a community member.

“The construction of this dam shows that President Mnangagwa is a listening leader who put peoples interests first,” said another.

As the US$108 million national project takes shape, government has already started relocating 181 families who are set to be affected by the dam in Goromonzi district.

As government we have activated our systems including relocating affected families,” said Mr Mohammed Hamandishe, Goromonzi Assistant District Development Coordinator.

The Dam, which has a capacity of 158 cubic meters and is located along Nyagui River at the boundary of Murewa and Goromonzi, is set to supply water to Harare, Chitungwiza and Goromonzi.

Chinese contractor Makomo Engineering which constructed Muchekeranwa Dam in Marondera, is in charge of the project which is expected to be completed by December 2024.