New Mat South Minister of State pledges to revive the province
Harare – Newly appointed Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Aaron Maboyi on Wednesday said he will prioritize rejuvenation of the cattle ranching industry in the province while also developing irrigation facilities as part of efforts to alleviate hunger.
The province is best known for its cattle ranching activities, but the industry had markedly declined over the past few years due to lack of fresh investment.
Speaking after taking oath of office before President Robert Mugabe at State House, Maboyi who could not make it when others were sworn in on Tuesday, said emphasis would be put on those projects as the province was prone to droughts.
“Matabeleland South has always been disadvantaged so I am working from a basis of a disadvantaged area. Disadvantaged in two ways, one it is prone to droughts and yet it has one of the richest soils in Zimbabwe. Two it is the province with the largest number of cattle in this country so whatever projects we are likely to embark on will be based on those two major concepts to alleviate hunger,” he said.
“As far as livestock is concerned we would want to develop very much the beef industry. As you probably very well know beef canning was actually being conducted in Matabeleland South until very recently. We would like to revive that kind of concentration, the Bulawayo factory of the Cold Storage Company will definitely be one of our greatest priorities.”
Maboyi said on top of cattle ranching, goat rearing would also be prioritized while efforts would also be made to develop the raw hides industry.
“So in a nutshell I will attempt, I will attempt to rectify the anomalies that have been affecting Matabeleland South,” he said.
Meanwhile, new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Political Detainees and Restrictees Cain Mathema also took oath of office on Wednesday.
Mathema told the media that although the challenges that awaited him were difficult, they were not insurmountable.
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is split into two factions, as previous efforts to heal the divisions have failed.
“There are many challenges. Like all government departments there are many challenges but remember I went to war in 1968 with people like (the late former army commander) Solomon Mujuru. There were challenges then and this challenge compared to the challenge of 1968 is really nothing,” he said.
“It is a new phase of our struggle so I will face it as I faced the struggle in 1968, so I will do the best I can.”