Vungu dam construction to be completed in three years

By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

THE contractor for the Vungu Dam project in Silobela which was flagged by Parliament for failing to meet the set targets has defended the company’s position saying the project will be completed in three years.

The Second Republic’s inclusive development agenda has come with massive transformation in various communities through dam and road construction.

One such project is the Vungu Dam in Silobela which is expected to hold 118 million cubic metres of water and irrigate 1 200 hectares of land when complete.

However, there have been challenges with the project after Parliament expressed concern over the slow pace of completing the project.

The contractor, Grindale Engineering, has since defended the firm’s position with the managing director, Engineer Grison Muwidzi saying the project will meet the deadline with the mobilisation and clearing of the ground underway although it is slightly behind schedule.

“We are confident we will meet the deadline despite the glitches relating to payments. We are happy to work with the government towards the realisation of rural industrialisation,” he said.

The contractor also clarified that they have the required technical expertise to meet the required standards.

‘We have enough expertise to carry out this job. We have been mobilising resources and the government paid US$2.4 million and they were supposed to have paid US$8.7 million, but we keep working with a view that they will pay.”

The development will come as a major boost to the rural industrialisation agenda, which thrives on the existence of roads and dam infrastructure for the provision of water and the setting up of industries.