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Customs dashes Nkomo’s dream

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CANNERY and timber equipment worth $300 billion sourced by the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo is lying idle at different locations in the country.

Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Sources said some of the equipment has gone missing after an empowerment company set up to implement development projects failed to start work.

The equipment, which includes timber processing, tomato and fruit juice-making machinery, was sourced from Italy by Nkomo and was handed over to the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ), an empowerment company formed by the veteran nationalist to spearhead development in the country.

However, the equipment was detained by the customs department after the DTZ failed to pay customs duty while some of it was sent to different destinations across the country.

Sources told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that several cargo containers of the equipment were lying idle at Balu Estates in Matabeleland North while other containers have been detained for the last 10 years at Harare International Airport and at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport in Bulawayo.

The sources said some of the cargo containers had been moved from the Bulawayo customs depot to unknown destinations.

DTZ board member Dumiso Dabengwa confirmed that the equipment was still lying idle but said the DTZ board would soon meet to chart the way forward on the project that was expected to create thousands of jobs.

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