Zim launches massive national borehole drilling programme in Gokwe


OWEN MATAVA in Kana, Gokwe

Lands, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement Minister, Anxios Masuka Friday launched a million dollar national borehole drilling programme in Gokwe Kana Constituency that will see every rural ward in the country being drilled at least 3 boreholes by the year 2030, midlandsnews can report.

The programme will also see the rehabilitation of all dysfunctional boreholes in every rural Constituency across the country, Masuka informed the nation

The massive drilling of the expected 30 000 boreholes by the year 2030, will bring to around 35 000 the number of boreholes drilled in the country since the launch of the $60 million Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in 2012.

The programme is being funded by the Government of Zimbabwe.

Officially launching the programme at Manoti Business Centre in Kana Constituency a water and drought prone area in Gokwe, Minister Masuka said the drilling of the boreholes would result in the transformation of thousands of rural livelihoods.

“The right to water ranks high among other fundamental human rights and that is the sole reason why Government remains firmly committed to the provision of safe and reliable drinking water to our people.

“As Government we shall always strive to ensure that each and every Zimbabwean has access to water as we strongly believe that water is life,” said Minister Masuka.

He added that water provision was also a top priority of the current government under the able stewardship of President, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Gokwe Kana Constituency, legislator, who is also the State Security Minister, Owen Ncube applauded the government for uplifting the people of his Constituency and Zimbabwe at large through the provision of water and sanitation.

“The choice for officially launching this National Programme, is well informed, given the contribution the district is making in the development of the country through agricultural production.

“Gokwe area in general, is one of the most affected areas by water shortages for domestic use. The government must be thanked for seeking to make water available to our communities as the country marches towards achieving an upper middle income economy by year 2030”, said Minister Ncube.

The launch was attended by several senior government officials who include Midlands Minister of State, Larry Mavhima, traditional chiefs, councilors and village heads.