Mbire Rural District Council has approved a $160 million proposal for the construction of a multi-modal logistics hub and valve solution in Kanyemba.
The proposal was approved at a full council meeting held on Friday and the project will become the largest investment since the government granted national project status to the development of Kanyemba.
Mbire RDC CEO, Mr Claudious Majaya said the proposal by Zura Southern Africa will now be sent for approval by central government.
“We have approved the project with recommendations so we will send a report to the Minister of State for the next step. This is a result of all the marketing we have been doing to lure investors to the province,” he said.
Zura Southern Africa which will undertake the project, said there will be two phases with phase 1 comprising improvements on the landing ramp at Kanyemba, actual construction of the logistics hub, setting up a solar plant and a fuel depot and the installation of a state of the art roll on roll off facility which matches international standards.
Mashonaland Central Provincial Administrator, Mr Cosmas Chiringa, who attended Mbire’s full council meeting, welcomed the development, adding that government will give full support to expedite infrastructure development in Mbire.
“Our coming here is not to tell you what to do but I recommend that you inform the minister in what you do so that we expedite the process. We want serious investment, we want to move with speed, but we don’t want investors who just hold land for speculation,” said Mr Chiringa
The logistics hub and roll on roll off facility will connect Kanyemba to Zumbo in Zambia and Luangwa in Mozambique at a fraction of the cost of constructing a y-bridge which costs an estimated $2 billion.
Engineers also rejected the idea of a floating bridge across Zambia and Zimbabwe as it will restrict flow of traffic.
Though the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has undertaken to construct a vocational training school to train skills and support technologies being introduced for the first time in the lower Zambezi area.
Additional ferries will be availed and the solar power plant expanded in the second phase.
Zambia has also expressed interest in having the hub on their side, so expediting the investment approval will be key in unlocking benefits in Kanyemba.