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    Perm secs visit Tugwi Mukosi


    TINOTENDA MABHURA

    CHIVI – A group of permanent secretaries from at least 14 Ministries and led by the Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Justin Mpamhanga last week visited Tugwi Mukosi Dam to familiarize themselves with the area and projects that will fall under the ambit of their respective ministries.
    The team also inspected the newly completed 10km tarred road to the dam.
    A Government official told The Mirror that a development framework for the dam which is the biggest inland water body in Zimbabwe was recently approved by Cabinet. However, the master plan for the dam billed to cost $900 000 is yet to be drafted.
    The dam was commissioned by former President Mugabe in 2017.
    The official who spoke to The Mirror during the four-hour tour said there are 14 projects that are already approved for the dam and the permanent secretaries came to see the sites where these projects will be located.
    “The projects stretch across 14 sectors and the permanent secretaries who were either here or represented by their officers had come to familiarize themselves with the dam and the projects that will be under the ambits of their Ministries,” said the Government official.
    The projects that will soon come on stream are in the sectors of fishing, hotels, wildlife, construction of a modern urban settlement and several others.
    The dam which was built at a  cost $300 million has been lying  idle since it was commissioned in 2017.Mpamhanga said there will soon be a process of reorganisation of village settlements and relocations of the people in the reserved areas.
    An Inter-ministerial Committee chaired by the Minister of lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Perrance Shiri and deputised by the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry is overseeing implementation of projects at Tugwi –Mukosi.
    The Inter-ministerial committee has managed to demarcate the area that will be designed for national parks and wildlife and the team is currently working on issues that will have the area proclaimed a recreational park by the President.
    Valuations of the communities within the boundaries are expected to commence in March 2019. Currently there is an establishment of 11 rangers at the dam and five technical ZINWA officers managing the activities at the dam site, this is expected to increase  as the activities in and around expand.                                                                                 
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