CHIREDZI - The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira has spoken strongly against delays in the completion of the Tugwi-Mukosi development masterplan, saying the province will go ahead and make use of the water body regardless.
Addressing Zanu PF supporters celebrating the party’s election victory at Chishamiso Stadium, Hippo Valley, recently, Chadzamira urged economic players to ignore the masterplan, saying those designing it had unnecessarily delayed finishing the job.
“We agreed with the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Marshal Perence Shiri that some sectors must be operationalised before the master plan is out. The province is now ready to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality and this is envisaged through the ability to utilise Tugwi Mukosi Dam.
“We will not continue waiting for the master plan which has stalled development in the province. Tugwi-Mukosi Dam was officially commissioned in May 2017 and they continue giving reference to the master plan which they are not completing,” said Chadzamira.
Chadzamira said some developments at the dam do not even require a master plan.
“The master plan will not stop us from kick-starting various projects and programmes that will benefit the people. Does building a hotel on the island require a master plan? The one whom we are going to give the hotel stand will bring his own master plan. We don’t need a master plan to kick-start fishing and to generate electricity,” Chadzamira said.
He said those undertaking the master plan had delayed the province’s development targets that include plans to put over 25 000 hectares of land under irrigation.
It is understood the plan is being drafted by the officials from such ministries as Environment, Water and Climate; Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; and the Office of the President and Cabinet.