COMMENT: The government is spending a lot to transform people’s lives

The Chronicle

The GOVERNMENT continues to register many positives in its implementation of infrastructure development projects across the country, much to the chagrin of the pessimists.

Major ongoing projects include construction of Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, upgrading of Beitbridge border post, upgrading of Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, construction of Lake Gwayi-Shangani, construction of a pipeline from Gwayi-Shangani Lake to Bulawayo and construction of the Kunzvi Dam among others.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport

Local industry is excited about the implementation of the massive infrastructure development projects in various sectors of the economy, which have enabled local businesses to reap huge benefits from government contracts.

The Treasury has allocated $156.4 billion to support infrastructure projects this year alone.

Most projects are implemented by local companies who also source most building materials locally.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) says it is excited about the construction boom which has seen local businesses reap huge profits.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Budget, Finance and Economic Development Portfolio Committee, Dr Matthew Nyashanu, whose committee last week visited some of the projects implemented in Matabeleland, said the government was keeping its promise to Readership.

The government has declared that it will ensure that no one and no place is left behind in its development effort.

Under the Second Republic, the problem of certain areas that complained of being marginalized is now a thing of the past as development projects are implemented across the country.

The government spends heavily on roads, dams, housing and other infrastructure projects that transform people’s lives.

Local companies undertake most of the projects while others supply the necessary building materials.

What is encouraging and pleasing to note is that local companies have demonstrated that they have the capacity to undertake most major infrastructure projects, thus responding to the development philosophy of the country — Ilizwe lakhiwa ngabaninilo ( Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo).

The nation has moved from simply mourning illegal sanctions to using its own resources to develop and improve people’s lives.

This approach must be supported by all citizens as we strive to achieve an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 despite illegal sanctions.

The Second Republic has gone out of its way to engage enemies and friends regionally and internationally and for reasons best known to them, some countries have chosen to maintain the illegal sanctions.