emmanuel fundira4 24.08.10.jpgDispute over land between two government ministries has stalled progress at a tourism project near Lake Chivero which was going to see US$50 million being poured into the construction of a hotel and golf course.

The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management are failing to reach an agreement and issue a certificate to local tourism players.

Hippo Creek Estate Project Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Fundira said the area was set aside by government in 2003 as a tourism development zone.

Mr. Fundira said all variables needed to kick start the project are in place but lamented the slow progress at which government is taking in issuing a certificate of consolidation.

He said the project is adhering to the country’s indigenisation laws.

The construction of the luxurious hotel which already has US$5 million set aside is expected to be completed by next year.