Construction of Semwa Dam begins

The construction of Semwa Dam in Rushinga has commencedand is set to be completed in three years time.
The dam is being constructed on the Ruya River bordering Rushinga and Mt Darwin Districts of Mashonaland Central Province.
Semwa Dam, whose construction is being done by China Nanchang, will provide irrigation water sufficient to irrigate 12 000 hectares in the two districts.
It will also provide water for domestic use at the expanding Rushinga Business Centre.
Vice President Joice Mujuru officiated at the dam’s groundbreaking ceremony on June 22.
Speaking during the ceremony, which was witnessed by hundreds of people ranging from politicians, Government officials, traditional leaders ZINWA staff and residents of the two districts, Vice President Mujuru said the construction of Semwa Dam was a welcome development for the two districts.
“I am told this dam will have the capacity to irrigate 12 000 hectares of land. This means the two districts will now have improved food security and can also farm throughout the year.
“Experts have said that the yields of irrigated crop are far much more than the yields of crops that rely on rain water,” said Vice President Mujuru.
The Vice President said she would see to it that Treasury sufficiently funds the Semwa Dam Project to ensure its timely completion.
She also paid tribute to Water Resources Development and Management Minister, Dr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo his concerted efforts in lobbying treasury to release the $2 million dollars for Semwa Dam.
Vice-President Mujuru said Minister Nkomo had worked so tirelessly to ensure that the project started.
Speaking at the same occasion, ZINWA Chief Executive Officer, Eng Albert Muyambo said Semwa Dam was the brainchild of Vice President Mujuru during her tenure as the Minister of Water.
Eng Muyambo said the dam would also help improve the livelihoods of many people in the area.
“This dam will create employment during its construction and as part of our policy, people who will provide labour at this dam site should be locals,” said Eng Muyambo.
The contract for Semwa Dam was awarded in 2006 to China Nanchang but construction work came to halt during the hyperinflationary period.
The contract was later re-valued following the introduction of the multicurrency system.
The project received US$2 million during the 2013 National Budget, resulting in the resumption of work.
Secretary for Water Resources Development and Management, Mr Ringson Chitsiko also attended the ground breaking ceremony.

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