A $450 million dam is set to be constructed on Msengezi River in Muzarabani paving way for hydroelectric power generation and irrigation.

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) will spearhead the ambitious project of constructing the Silverstom dam.

In addition the ZNA will establish an irrigation project and a 20 000 hectare conservancy in the Zambezi valley.

“We want to demonstrate what we know besides guns we want to develop the country,” said ZNA Commander Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo.

A hydroelectric project will also be established for power generation.

“There is a 90 metre escarpment so we will extend that to build a dam wall,” ZNA Chief of Staff Major General Hlanganani Dube said.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri welcomed the army’s initiative as government expected to hunt for the projects investors later this year following a request for a water body by the people of Muzarabani.

“Only recently people said they wanted water in the area for their farming and agricultural activities, we feel it’s long overdue, we are eagerly waiting, the chiefs are supportive, the spirit mediums are supportive all political parties are supportive especially Zanu PF,” he said.

The ZNA is already engaging investors for the projects that are expected to change the face of the Zambezi valley. 

A feasibility study will be undertaken in the next weeks shedding more light on the greenfield project to be undertaken here.