Government blamed for Tokwe Mukorsi flooding

via Government blamed for Tokwe Mukorsi flooding | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Friday, February 7, 2014

Government bungling has been blamed for the Tokwe Mukorsi flooding which has seen a last minute rush to evacuate vulnerable villagers.

MDC-T Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross said if the government had heeded advice the dam would have been completed on time and the current situation would have been averted.

The government failed to meet its deadline to complete the construction of the dam by the end of last year, a development which has led to the huge volumes of water cutting holes through the incomplete wall.

Government this week started evacuating 4,000 villagers downstream of Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, who are at risk of being swept away by floods caused by the heavy rains.

Press reports Thursday quoted ‘engineers’ allaying fears that the dam wall had collapsed. A Daily News report quoted Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) officials saying Masvingo province, which is where the mega dam is situated, received ‘double the amount of rain it usually gets.’ Chief Executive officer Albert Muyambo said this eventuality was not anticipated by the engineers who he said were working flat out to resolve the problem.

But Cross said he, together with his colleagues in the budget and finance parliamentary committee, advised the government last year to speed up the completion of the dam. He said they warned that unless the government found the funding and hired a professional engineering firm to oversee the project the construction of Tokwe Mukorsi dam would not be completed on time.

Tokwe Murkosi dam

But Cross told SW Radio Africa that Zinwa, which supervises the construction of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, has no capacity to handle the project.
‘When we arrived there last year we found the site in shambles. I was very unhappy with the supervisory team which was there from the water authority. We found an engineer drinking beer. Nobody else was around.’ He added: ‘when I mentioned this to government I was told that Zinwa was doing a good job.’
Cross revealed that the project is about 85 percent finished.

The floods pose a danger to the people living in Ngundu, Gororo, Triangle and Nyahombe areas.

Meanwhile from Bulawayo SW Radio African correspondent, Lionel Saungweme reports that two people were saved from drowning when floods destroyed 18 homes in Tsholotsho Thursday.


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    Ruramai 7 years ago

    It would be a miracle if a government headed by our forever bungling nonagenarian were to do the right thing. He is busy fighting for his Hong Kong property. Why would it matter if a couple of thousands of villagers were affected? He managed to kill 20 000 during gukurahundi.

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    We know ZINWA well. They have no capacity to do anything. Another quasi government operation that would not be missed if it was closed and all it’s employees fired. Thebj tax payers money thus freed could actually be put to use for the good of the citizens

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    Sekuru Mapenga 7 years ago

    Ian Smith told Mugabe in 1980 that, in his opinion, Tokwe Mukorsi dam was the number 1 priority for economic growth and it would command 40,000 ha of irrigation.
    Mr Mugabe focussed on education and health in the early 80’s and the dam was relegated to the back burner. Eventually its construction was started in the late 80’s but due to endless delays and non payments, the construction team eventually abandoned the site. Construction began again in 2012, but remains incomplete. Now the dam might be washed away.
    Such is the cost of corruption.

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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 7 years ago

    Do we still have chief civil engineers left in the country? If not then let us expect disaster. The dam is one of the greatest value projects ever undertaken by Mugabe. I wish its completion a success. God bless Zimbabwe through this project.

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    Mlimo 7 years ago

    No the engineers have all left they can get better pay elsewhere in the world who wants to work for a government that is not functioning and is broke. Not until everything is broken will the people realise that Mugabe the half breed has stolen our country from us and left nothing behind.