President Emmerson Mnangagwa has deployed Vice President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga to monitor and implement strategic projects.
The projects are expected to spearhead the economy and various communities as the economy steers towards attaining what the government attributes as an “upper middle income status by 2030.”
The government also expects the Infrastructure development projects to play an important role towards attainment of vision 2030.
On a tour of Manicaland province in Chimanimani on Saturday, VP Chiwenga said he will be monitoring progress on various government projects being implemented throughout the country.
During the tour, the former Army General visited Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital in Mutare before heading to Nyanga where he toured Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme and Nyanga District Hospital.
“On my way here, I took time to visit some of these projects at Westend Farm, Chimanimani District Hospital and toured some of the roads that were rehabilitated in the aftermath of the Cyclone Idai disaster.
“These are ongoing visits that I will periodically embark on to monitor progress on various government projects being implemented in the country,” he said.
He insisted that the government will develop the infrastructure of Chimanimani and Chipinge because they are among areas who were hardly hit by the Cyclone Idai in 2019.
“As government we have put particular emphasis on developing the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts following the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai which wreaked havoc in 2019.
“I am delighted to be part of the people-centric new dispensation led by His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa,” he added.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Nokuthula Matsikenyere accompanied VP Chiwenga on the tour and thanked him for getting the job done.
Last year Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said that government has continued to prioritize infrastructure development despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic because the projects are critical to improving the business environment.
He added that out of the 25 billion Zimbabwe dollars (about 69 million U.S. dollars) budgeted for infrastructure projects in 2020, 6.6 billion Zimbabwe dollars had been invested at the end of July 2020, with the remaining 18 billion dollars set to be raised and injected during the last half of the year.
“Notwithstanding pressures from COVID-19 pandemic, government remain prioritizing ongoing critical infrastructure projects in roads, energy, water and sanitation,” Minister Ncube had said.
The Harare Central Business and Harare suburb roads are marred with potholes due to the heavy rains that were experienced this year hence VP Chiwenga’s deployment will be a positive move if all roads and infrastructure is rehabilitated by the end of this year.