Government has commended the collective effort and progress being made by its partners in demining landmine-infested areas for productive use.
Government says it is on course to fulfilling its objective of clearing landmines by December 2025 as evidenced by the progress made so far which has seen a number of minefields including Burma Valley, Mukumbura border post and Victoria Falls to Mlibizi areas being de-mined
Defence and War Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri emphasized the need to use the de-mined land for productive purposes.
“We are indeed very grateful for the work that the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is doing in this area. You will agree with me that over the past four decades this land has been locked to all forms of development be it farming or any other form of income generating projects. I am pleased to announce today that the land has been certified free of landmines and is now safe for use in developmental projects. We look forward to the local authorities to spearhead the productive use of this valuable land,” said Cde Mupfumira.
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Programme Manager, Mr Franckson Chimwemwe Tembo whose organisations is part of the demining exercise said they will continue to work with government to ensure that Zimbabwe becomes landmine-free by 2025.
“Most of us are aware that these mines have restricted free movement of Zimbabweans who are living along these mine fields. It has caused a lot of problems especially to land that could have been used for productive use,” said Mr Tembo.
The United States embassy commended the work being done by the NPA and pledged its continued support through funding the demining programmes in the country.
“Today I would like to commend the NPA for the support they continue to put to make Zimbabwe safer and productive. The American people remain committed to help the people of Zimbabwe,” said Jeremy Presto Political Officer, US embassy
Most landmines in Zimbabwe were laid along border areas which has affected the free movement of people while lives, limbs and livestock have been lost in the process.