The Second Republic is focused on serving the needs of its citizens and fulfilling its electoral promises by prioritising developmental projects.
This was said by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, while giving vote of thanks at the commissioning of Epping Forest Bulawayo Augmentation water project by President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday.
“Your Excellency and esteemed guests, this day is a major milestone on the journey to address the water challenges of this drought prone region of Matabeleland. It is heart-warming to note how you Your Excellency, have led your administration with focus to implement these and other infrastructure projects so as to achieve the NDS 1 and Vision 2030.
“Your Excellency, your statement has once again made it clear that the Second Republic is focused on serving the needs of ordinary citizens. This official commissioning today addresses the promises made to the electorate as well as focusing the development trajectory towards vision 2030,” said Vice President Mohadi.
The Vice President said that the Epping Forest water Supply Augmentation project for Bulawayo and the progress on the Gwai-Shangani Dam were two key projects that showed Government’s commitment to finding solutions to Bulawayo and the region’s perennial water shortages.
“Water is a game changer for the economy and social livelihoods of the ordinary residents of this region,” said the Vice President.
Vice President Mohadi commended the manner in which Government departments were working together to achieve major services to the people of the Matabeleland region. He further commended President Mnangagwa’s political leadership which he said rightfully linked to grassroots basic needs in line with the SADC minimum basic standards, where water is accessed closest by women, children, youths and people living with disabilities and supports economic activities and promotes peace as it is life.
The Vice President challenged people from Nyamandlovu community and the entire Matabeleland North and Bulawayo provinces to take up projects that come with the infrastructure and ensure that the country’s socio-economic livelihoods are improved by tapping into such developments.
The Gwai-Shangani-Bulawayo water pipeline project is expected to be finished by December this year. After its completion, the pipeline will convey 160 000 mega litres of water to Bulawayo each day, which is adequate for the city to meet its water and sanitation requirements.