Mnangagwa Ammends Chilonga Statutory Instrument

Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Government have published an amended Statutory Instrument aimed at paving way for the development of a massive irrigation scheme on 200 000 hectares in south eastern Lowveld.

This comes after massive social media criticism following Mnangagwa’s move to evict more than 12500 villagers in Chiredzi.

An extraordinary Government Gazette published yesterday reads: “It is hereby notified, for general information, that the Communal Land (Setting Aside of Land) (Chiredzi) Notice, 2021, published in Statutory Instrument 50 of 2021, contained errors.

The statutory instrument is corrected — (a) by the deletion of the words “Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development” and substitution of “Minister of Local Government and Public Works”; (b) in section 2 by the deletion of the words “purpose of lurcene production” and substitution of “establishment of an irrigation scheme”.

The large-scale irrigation scheme is now expected to proceed, drawing water from several giant reservoirs in the region, including the giant new Tugwi-Mukosi Dam.

Among the projects to be established will be the US$60 million irrigation scheme in Chilonga, Chiredzi, for the benefit of locals and the investor.

No family will be displaced, but some could have their houses shifted a short distance to pave way for the erection of key infrastructure.

 

move to evict more than 12500 villagers in Chiredzi.

An extraordinary Government Gazette published yesterday reads: “It is hereby notified, for general information, that the Communal Land (Setting Aside of Land) (Chiredzi) Notice, 2021, published in Statutory Instrument 50 of 2021, contained errors.

The statutory instrument is corrected — (a) by the deletion of the words “Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development” and substitution of “Minister of Local Government and Public Works”; (b) in section 2 by the deletion of the words “purpose of lurcene production” and substitution of “establishment of an irrigation scheme”.

The large-scale irrigation scheme is now expected to proceed, drawing water from several giant reservoirs in the region, including the giant new Tugwi-Mukosi Dam.

Among the projects to be established will be the US$60 million irrigation scheme in Chilonga, Chiredzi, for the benefit of locals and the investor.

No family will be displaced, but some could have their houses shifted a short distance to pave way for the erection of key infrastructure.