The government has resolved to kick-start key projects in various economic sectors including mining in order to operationalise the economic transformation agenda.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa when she briefed the nation on today’s cabinet resolutions.

She confirmed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will preside over two important groundbreaking ceremonies this month, one which will mark the start of construction work of the new parliament building in Mt Hampden, followed by the Arcadia Lithium Mine in Acturus after revelations that Zimbabwe is one of countries with the largest deposits of lithium in the world.

On the recent surge in accidents, Minister Mutsvangwa said the government is also taking corrective measures to safeguard people’s lives.

“The government is concerned by the continued loss of lives on the country’s roads and stern measures will be adopted to totally eradicate the scourge,” she said.

Cabinet received a report on the West Nicholson bus disaster which claimed 33 lives and the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo gave an update on the progress so far with regards to the DNA identification of victims.

The operationalisation of provincial councils will start by the tabling of a new bill to establish provincial economies which are expected to drive economic growth through metropolitan cities and towns.

The broadcasting industry is also set for a transformation, according to the Minister, who revealed that in order to improve dissemination of information, two more radio transmitters will be installed in Maphisa and Kanyemba, while ZBC’s 24 hour news channel (Zim24) will be established.