By Elizabeth Nyaguyo
Zimbabwe will soon generate enough power and become self-sufficient as the country is diversifying electricity generation through the inclusion of more power sources and technologies.
This was said by President Emmerson Mnangagwa while giving his speech at the 42nd independence commemoration at Barbourfileds in Bulawayo.
“The provision of reliable and affordable energy and power is pivotal to performance across the sectors. The Hwange Power Station Expansion Project will add Unit 7 by end of the year,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa also said his administration was keen on ensuring investment thrives in the power generation sector adding that new technologies and clean power sources were at the centre of power supply.
” Accommodative requirements and incentives have seen more investments in solar and the renewable energy sub-sector towards the reduction of our carbon footprint and a broader energy supply mix,” the President said.
Speaking on inclusive development, President Mnangagwa said, ” In line with my administration’s determination to deliver inclusive development to the people, construction and rehabilitation of feeder roads, bridges, clinics, schools and other amenities have been undertaken within our local authorities.
“These are proving to be key enablers for increased economic activities and convenience across all provinces, district and wards,” added President Mnangagwa.
He said the trust by his government on infrastructure development was meant to set a strong foundation for regional connectivity and integration.
“It is important to our nation to lay a sound infrastructure base for sustainable socio-economic development, growth as well as to enhance our role towards regional connectivity and integration.”
“Infrastructure development and expansion is being sped up across all provinces,” he also said.
Some of the projects being undertaken include the Beitbridge -Masvingo-Harare highway which the government has said will be completed by year end.
President Mnangagwa also said work had already started on the rehabilitation of the Beitbridge -Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road.
Under the road rehabilitation programme, President Mangagwa also revealed that the Harare -Guruve-Kanyemba road, the Harare -Nyamapanda highway and the Mbudzi interchange in Harare have also reached notable milestones.
President Mnangagwa promised the nation that most of the infrastructure projects will be completed before year end.