Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has hinted that villagers in Chilonga, Chiredzi will likely be evicted and relocated when the coronavirus crisis has ended.
He made the remarks in his 10-minute address at Chilonga Irrigation Scheme during which he urged the local leadership to work with investors. He said:
We need to create a better future for our grandchildren as we are not going to live forever. I heard Chilonga Irrigation Scheme last functioned in 2016, so we suggested it should be operational before Heroes’ Day in August.
We know that after the end of war or a major pandemic like COVID- 19, it is usually followed by a nationwide famine. So we need to open up a huge piece of land to an investor who is coming, but that will be done in consultation with our community leaders.
I want to come here next time and see a new green belt. You need to work with the new investors, government officials, your Provincial Affairs minister (Ezra Chadzamira), Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) and agriculture minister.
His remarks come when the residents have already resisted the government’s proposal to evict them to make way for Dendairy which intends to embark on a lucerne grass project.