Mugabe snubbed Kazungula over ‘donor influence’: Charamba

Source: Mugabe snubbed Kazungula over ‘donor influence’: Charamba – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY MOSES MATENGA

ZIMBABWE is set to join Zambia and Botswana in the Kazungula Bridge project after the late former President Robert Mugabe’s government snubbed the project due to “donor influence”.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday joined his other Sadc colleagues as a guest during the official opening of the bridge although government officials claimed Harare co-owned the bridge together with Botswana and Zambia.

Zambian and Botswana leaders Edgar Lungu and Mokgweetsi Masisi, respectively, officiated at the event, with speeches by the two governments mum on Zimbabwe’s role on the project.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba, however, said the project was snubbed by the Mugabe administration due to “donor influence”.

“The Kazungula Bridge had to curve after the first republic in Zimbabwe objected to the project because of donor influence. With agreement, the bridge would have been a lot shorter,” he said.

Charamba added that Zimbabwe re-joined the tri-national Kazungula Bridge project after the second republic and was expected to meet a third of the total cost of the facility to back up its stake.

“Negotiations are currently underway, and will entail development of a border facility on the Zimbabwean side, as well as the widening of the Kasane-Victoria Falls City Road. Victoria Falls city is a key destination for the area.”

The project is meant to facilitate trade through reducing transit time for freight and passengers and a reduction in time-based trade and transport costs and improvement in border management operations arising from the new one-stop border facility.

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    Ndonga 1 month ago

    Now surely all the world can see what a mean minded and stupid leader Mugabe really was.
    Here was a spectacular bridge being built to speed up and lessen the cost of trade throughout all of Southern and Central Africa and just because of Mugabe’s sulking Zimbabwe played no role in its conception and building.
    And now for all the world to see this incredible bridge bends like a long snake hiding away from Zimbabwe just because of Mugabe.
    When Mugabe thankfully lost his mind completely, we all thought we were free from his madness and then, God help us, we got his old praise singers who were even bigger fools than he was.
    God, please forgive and save our Zimbabwe.

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 6 days ago

    Sadly ZANUPF “Don’t know, that they don’t know”
    It has been like this for forty years now comrades. Why is ZW a failed state ?
    You answer the question yourself.

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 6 days ago

    Mugabe wanted to have all the say without putting his hand in his pocket to provide his (read ZW) share of the money. Mugabe always had champagne tastes but only enough finance to afford lemonade.