Chivi South Member of Parliament (MP) Killer Zivhu has bought dozens of fishing boats to enable young people in his constituency to do commercial fishing in Tugwi Mukosi Dam, TellZim News has learnt.
Over 20 of the targeted 50 boats have already been purchased and will be distributed to youth in the constituency upon completion of a course on how to drive them.
“Twenty of the boats will be engine-powered so we will take some of the beneficiaries to Kariba for a driving course which will enable them to safely operate the boats. The whole project will benefit over 50 youths from Chivi South. As their MP, I want them to have a chance to change their lives for the better rather than simply cross the border to South Africa as many of them are doing,” said Zivhu.
He said he expected the project to contribute to the economy of the area, with more parents being able to send their children to school.
“There is a ready market for fish in surrounding areas so there won’t really be a problem in marketing them. The project will also supply fish to prisons in Chivi, Mwenezi, Chiredzi and Masvingo districts so that inmates there can enjoy an improved diet.
“We have already applied for fishing rights from Zimparks and the beneficiaries are expected to hit the ground running this coming August. They could start even now, but the boat drivers have to undergo training first. Zimparks also have regulations that discourage fishing in winter because that’s the time when the fish should be left to breed,” said Zivhu.
He said he hoped the programme will expand to more people of the constituency if resources become available to buy more equipment.
“People voted for me and I should therefore live up to their expectations or at least be seen to be working for community development. This is my small contribution towards President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030,” said Zivhu.