Masvingo – There are strong fears of chaotic commercial settlement at the much hyped US$260m Tugwi Mukosi Dam after Government last week opened floodgates for investors to start projects at the dam before a master plan is produced.
The dam which was commissioned by the late President Mugabe in 2017 still has no master plan despite pledges by
Government officials to have the document within months of the commissioning.
Stakeholders shook their heads in disbelief at a stakeholders meeting held at Tugwi Mukosi on Thursday last week when Munesu Munodawafa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Tourism and Hospitality Industry said Government has now given investors the green light to start projects at the massive Tugwi
Munodawafa said the move to allow investors to start projects at Tugwi Mukosi, a dam located about 100km south of Masvingo follows an approval by Cabinet on July 22, 2020 for Tugwi Mukosi to become a recreation park managed by Zimbabwe Parks and Wild Life Management Authority (ZimParks). “This approval allows for various
projects to start. We are therefore inviting investors interested in Tugwi Mukosi to approach Government departments with their projects. Investors can go to ZINWA, ZimParks, EMA, Forestry Commission and other
Government departments and your projects will be considered,” said Munodawafa.
One fishery company, Tugwi Bream has already invested US$600 000 at Tugwi Mukosi. Government has previously
maintained a no master plan no investment position. It insisted then that a master plan was mandatory to ensure that the project is orderly and gets the best recreational and tourism facilities in the world and that set standards would not be compromised.
The Mirror understands that key to the masterplan is an urban settlement complete with hotels, resort homes, fishing industry, water games including boating, residential suburbs, schools, churches and a vast irrigation scheme stretching out three directions.
The issue of the masterplan has been on the cards for three years now. In September 2017, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe chief executive officer, Thomas Zondo Sakala said that the masterplan was going to be out in nine months. He said that the first phase which was to be done by a company called MBB Consultants was going to be out in three months.
On Thursday a team from the Physical Planning Department said Government has not yet come up with a masterplan. They said the first stage is to come up with a Combination Plan Preparation Authority and members of that authority would be announced in the next few days. The authority will then do the plan in conjunction with the contracted private company. https://masvingomirror.com