US paying $475G toward border wall — in Zimbabwe: report

Source: US paying $475G toward border wall — in Zimbabwe: report | Fox News

The United States is spending $475,000 to build a border wall in southern Africa, according to a report.

President Trump promised during his 2016 presidential campaign that his administration would build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but, until recently, Democrats have successfully blocked funding for the project meant to thwart illegal immigrants from entering the country unchecked.

Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador in Zimbabwe approved a different kind of border wall to be built in the southern Africa nation with U.S.’ funding. The U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation granted $475,000 to the Great Zimbabwe Museum to make repairs to the border wall of an 11th century stone fortress that surrounds the ruins of an ancient city.

“All this is funded under the fund from the U.S. ambassador,” Lovemore Nyandima, a regional director for the Great Zimbabwe Museum told Bloomberg.

Great Zimbabwe was the capital city of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe that reigned over the ancestors of the modern-day Shona ethnic group, Bloomberg reported. The wall surrounding the city today is overrun with an invasive weed from the West Indies known as lantana camara.

The grant will fund efforts to prevent the weed from growing through the wall, destroying the stones. A system will be installed in late August or September to help detect shifts in the ancient stones, Nyandima told Bloomberg.

Back in the U.S., the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration last Friday in lifting a freeze backed by a lower court that had halted plans to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction. The decision, which split the bench along ideological lines, allows the administration to move ahead with plans to use military funds to replace existing fencing in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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    Ndonga 8 months ago

    Lantana Camara a weed from the West Indies? That’s interesting news to me.

    As a school child helping my uncle herd cattle in the Gokwe area in school holidays I was always warned to be very wary of this weed. The story then was that cattle eating this plant would die so we always sought it out and destroyed it. Luckily it was easily recognised by its special smell, pink/orange/yellow small flowers, blue berries and crinkly green leaves.

    But on top of the worry for our cattle there was also the Agriculture Extension Officers for us to worry about. If they found this plant growing on your land you were in even bigger trouble than your cattle.

    So, the new worry must be what has AGRITEX been doing over these last many years in the Great Zimbabwe area. Asleep on the job? Making us depend on outsiders to solve problems we should be solving ourselves.

    And instead of saying thank you properly for this kind gift the article writer has to insult us with coupling this gift story with a boring story about Trump and his stupid wall.