The Inter-ministerial Technical Team for Tugwi Mukosi, chaired by Engineer Tinayeshe Mutazu has toured the Tugwi Mukosi Dam to assess the progress that has been made towards the completion of various projects at the country’s largest inland water body this Wednesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the tour, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri highlighted that more work still needs to be done in order to speed up the completion of various projects at Tugwi Mukosi Dam.

“We would have wanted people to start benefitting immediately after the completion of the dam. Whatever progress that has been made, we would have preferred it to be done at a much faster pace. The reason why I am here today is to monitor progress and give on the spot guidance with the intention of accelerating all the outstanding projects,” he said.

Engineer Mutazu said that each ministry must work towards completion of their assigned tasks.

Minister Shiri also revealed that a foreign investor has offered to utilize 10 000 hectares of irrigated land for sugar cane plantation.

“Any investment is done through the one-stop shop which has taken over from the Zimbabwe Investment Center. The company applied to take over 10 000 hectares of land for sugar cane production and I would like to believe they have completed the necessary paperwork by now,” said Minister Shiri.

The environmental impact assessment for the 15-megawatt mini hydro power station is expected to be completed by September for the commencement of its initial construction at Tugwi Mukosi Dam, while 17 permits for fisheries have so far been issued.