1 week, 115 boreholes in Midlands


A TOTAL of 115 solar-powered boreholes were drilled in Midlands province in just a few days last week ahead of Saturday’s final Zanu-PF star in Shurugwi, President Mnangagwa has said.

The game-changing boreholes programme targets to install a solar-powered borehole in each of the country’s 35 000 villages to transform the lives of rural people.

Under the programme, each village will be able to embark on income-generating projects such as market gardening to facilitate the setting up of rural industries.

The President’s vision is to turn the villages into fully-fledged business enterprises through making use of the boreholes.

Addressing Zanu-PF’s final star rally in Shurugwi on Saturday, President Mnangagwa said the borehole programme is rapidly changing people’s lives.

President Mnangagwa

“The Zanu-PF Government is also setting up rural industries in every province. Under the Presidential Borehole Drilling Programme, we are going to drill boreholes in each. For instance, today, as we came here to Shurugwi, we brought many rigs . . . we drilled 115 boreholes and 77 have been fixed,” said the President.

He said the Second Republic has also constructed several bridges in Midlands province.

“We have built several bridges, including rehabilitating Flex Bridge in Mberengwa, Gunguhwe in Gokwe and Nyamatiti in Mvuma . . . Manhize Bridge is complete.”

He added: “We have built many classroom blocks and schools in many districts in our country, including Budiriro, Zvaugwe, Nyaradza and Nyamuroro in the district of Shurugwi. Under devolution, we have built clinics, small bridges and we have introduced e-passports, and there is no need to travel to Harare for passports anymore. You can apply for passports from your respective area.”

Vice-President Dr Constantino Chiwenga

Speaking at the same event Vice-President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, said the vision that President Mnangagwa is implementing for the country will make Zimbabwe a great nation.

“In just over five years in office our President has achieved many milestones. Our leader is a visionary man of action who is making Zimbabwe a shining beacon not only of Sadc but the whole continent of Africa.’

In an interview, chairperson of Prevail Group International, the company that is drilling the boreholes Mr Paul Tungwarara said they are moving with speed to reach the 35 000 target for each village.

“Access to potable water for the ordinary people is one of the Second Republic’s major endeavours and we are moving at breakneck speed in doing our work. Our boreholes also bring convenience to the beneficiaries in that they come with tapped water instead of the old model bush pump borehole,” he said.


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