Kunzvi Dam project stalls

Itai Dzamara

GOVERNMENT’S multi-billion-dollar Kunzvi Dam project, which earlier this year was expected to commence in April, is still to take off amid reports that the $150 billion tender floated last year

had no takers.


A visit to Kunzvi Dam site last week revealed that there is virtually nothing to show for the project, which has been on the cards for several years.

The project was mooted three years ago in a bid to solve water problems affecting Harare and its satellite towns, which get supplies from the heavily polluted Lake Chivero.

Incessant water cuts have been affecting most areas of the capital city at a time the Harare City Council is struggling to procure water treatment chemicals. Kunzvi Dam, which would have less pollution risk, was expected to alleviate the water problems faced by Harare.

Questions sent to theMinister of Rural Re-sources and Water De-velopment, Joyce Mujuru, had not been answered by yesterday. However, an official from the ministry, Vavarirai Choga, this week said the project was yet to take off due to lack of funding.

“The issue of funding is the one that has been stalling progress but the project is still on the cards,” he said.

A guard at the dam site in Goromonzi last weekend said there had only been a few visits by government officials to the site, with Mujuru at one stage having promised that bulldozers were coming soon to start work.

Government floated the $150 billion tender in December last year after the first tender, floated in March 2002, had flopped without any takers coming forward. The first tender had valued the construction cost at $21 billion but rising inflation saw the cost sharply rise to $150 billion as of January this year.

In addition to the funds needed for dam construction, more funds would be required for the construction of a pipeline as well as supply of water treatment chemicals. The tender for the construction of the pipeline, which was to have been issued by July this year, was not floated due to lack of movement on the bigger project.