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Row Over Gwayi-Shangani Dam Construction

Morgan Tsvangirai
Concerned by delays in the consturction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam, the Bulawayo City Council invited Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to evaluate the progress made so far.

In an effort to ease the region’s perennial water shortages, the Matabeleland water project was launched almost nine years ago. The first phase is the construction of a dam in Matabeleland North, about 6 kilometres downstream from the confluence of the Gwayi and Shangani rivers.

Mr. Tsvangirai was expected to tour the site Thursday. According to the prime minister’s deputy spokesman, Joel Gabhuza, Tsvangirai was forced to call off the event following what he called a domestic emergency.

Tsvangirai was expected to visit the site and then proceed further north to Victoria Falls where he was to preside over World Water Day celebrations.

A delegation of Bulawayo residents led by a council committee on water last week visited the site but claimed that reports that a Chinese company had started work were untrue.

Mr. Gabhuza told Studio 7 that the prime minister will reschedule his visit to the site.
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