Government blamed for Tokwe Mukorsi flooding

Tokwe Mukorsi dam showing damage

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
07 February 2014

Government bungling has been blamed for the Tokwe Mukorsi flooding which has seen a last minute rush to evacuate vulnerable villagers.

MDC-T Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross said if the government had heeded advice the dam would have been completed on time and the current situation would have been averted.

The government failed to meet its deadline to complete the construction of the dam by the end of last year, a development which has led to the huge volumes of water cutting holes through the incomplete wall.

Government this week started evacuating 4,000 villagers downstream of Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, who are at risk of being swept away by floods caused by the heavy rains.

Press reports Thursday quoted ‘engineers’ allaying fears that the dam wall had collapsed. A Daily News report quoted Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) officials saying Masvingo province, which is where the mega dam is situated, received ‘double the amount of rain it usually gets.’ Chief Executive officer Albert Muyambo said this eventuality was not anticipated by the engineers who he said were working flat out to resolve the problem.

But Cross said he, together with his colleagues in the budget and finance parliamentary committee, advised the government last year to speed up the completion of the dam. He said they warned that unless the government found the funding and hired a professional engineering firm to oversee the project the construction of Tokwe Mukorsi dam would not be completed on time.

Tokwe Murkosi dam

But Cross told SW Radio Africa that Zinwa, which supervises the construction of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam, has no capacity to handle the project.
‘When we arrived there last year we found the site in shambles. I was very unhappy with the supervisory team which was there from the water authority. We found an engineer drinking beer. Nobody else was around.’ He added: ‘when I mentioned this to government I was told that Zinwa was doing a good job.’
Cross revealed that the project is about 85 percent finished.

The floods pose a danger to the people living in Ngundu, Gororo, Triangle and Nyahombe areas.

Meanwhile from Bulawayo SW Radio African correspondent, Lionel Saungweme reports that two people were saved from drowning when floods destroyed 18 homes in Tsholotsho Thursday.



One Responseto “Government blamed for Tokwe Mukorsi flooding”

  1. THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

    ‘When we arrived there last year we found the site in shambles. I was very unhappy with the supervisory team which was there from the water authority. We found an engineer drinking beer. Nobody else was around.’ He added: ‘when I mentioned this to government I was told that Zinwa was doing a good job.’ Lol !!!!!!

    Official figures show not a single new non-farm job has been created for 25 years in Zimbabwe !

    Says it all – and Mugabe claimed he was going top create 2.3 million new jobs by 2018 ! Laughed so hard my ribs are still hurting ! The man is a totally deluded fool, who could’t be trusted to run a Harare burger van !

    TIZ says 62 percent of Zimbabweans have paid a bribe to the education system, judiciary system, medical and health services, the police, registry and permit services, utilities, tax revenue and land services.

    Police, the military, public servants and Zanu PF politicians are seem as the most corrupt institutions in Zimbabwe, closely followed by the health sector and education sector said TIZ.

    These appalling statistics and shocking revelations now sadly put Zimbabwe up there with the most corrupt Mafia States in the world!

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