Zambezi River Authority spends US$1m projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia
By Tichaona Kurewa
Harare – The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) says it has spent over US$1 million on implementing various community development projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia under the Zambezi Valley Development Fund (ZVDF) since its inception in 1997.
The ZVDF was set up by ZRA to finance the implementation of sustainable projects meant to cushion people displaced on both sides of the Zambezi River during the construction of the Kariba Dam.
Figures released by the ZRA show that projects on the Zambian side received US$909 942 while US$471 863 was spent in Zimbabwe since 1997.
Some of the projects funded in Zambia included construction of a bridge, schools, a clinic, medical staff houses and the rehabilitation of Syambwekale Dam.
“The rehabilitation of Syambwekale Dam has successfully been completed, while monitoring of the dam’s behaviour continues. No abnormal behaviour of the dam has been noticed,” the ZRA said.
“A site for the construction of a clinic (Mulanfwu Clinic) and two staff houses was identified at Mulanfwu.
“The bill of quantities has been prepared and a local project committee has been formed. The project is planned for implementation in January 2017 and is expected to cost US$221,934.”
In Zimbabwe, some of the projects funded by the ZVDF include an irrigation scheme in Binga District, a clinic in Hurungwe and a school in Gokwe North.
“The (irrigation) scheme is operational, monitoring and evaluation is on-going and to allow for continuous production a diesel pumping unit was procured and installed.
“Government has started supporting farmers at the scheme by supplying inputs to enhance productivity,” the ZRA said.
The ZRA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Kariba Dam Complex, investigation and development of new dam sites on the Zambezi River and analyzing and disseminating hydrological and environmental information pertaining to the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba.
The ZRA is also superintending the implementation of the Batoka Power project, Kariba Dam refurbishment and others.