Towards a Green Economy: Masvingo Residents Trust Welcomes Proposed Installation of a Floating Solar System at Lake Mutirikwi

Masvingo Residents Trust have expressed delight to the announcement that a German company Droege Energy is set to establish a floating solar system worth $USD 13million at Lake Mutirikwi in Masvingo that will assist in the generation of 10 megawatts of electricity for the province. Masvingo Mayor, Councilor Collin Maboke and the Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Ezra Chadzamira have also concurred in a local daily publication that the project of this nature will go a long way in augmenting power supplies in the province more so this will also ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the Masvingo City water works section. Masvingo Residents Trust also notes that an improvement in the supply of power will not only assist new industries in Masvingo but will enable irrigation projects to get sufficient energy supply and now defunct irrigation schemes like the Mushandike irrigation scheme have a chance to be revived.

It is also critical to note that Masvingo Province just like the rest of Zimbabwe has power problems and renewable and environmentally friendly sources of energy offer a cheap alternative in the form of solar powered electricity generation thus contributing to the building of a green provincial economy in Masvingo. More so this project has the potential to create a sizable number of local jobs for various young people in Masvingo in it is implemented. Masvingo Residents Trust therefore calls upon central government through the responsible ministry of Energy and Power Development to transparently facilitate the smooth implementation of the project. In the past similar renewable energy projects were attempted by various investors locally and internationally at Lake Mutirikwi but nothing ever materialized due to questionable bottlenecks imposed by various government departments in the province and at national level. We therefore call upon central and local government authorities to prioritize this project and ensure that it is implemented to benefit the people of Masvingo Province.

Masvingo Residents Trust also wants to commend the working together between the Minister of State’s office and the Masvingo City Council on this project despite the fact the city is controlled by the MDC Alliance and the provincial government is controlled by Zanu PF this has the potential of sending a strong massage in support of depolarization and de-politicization of local government and public policy processes in Masvingo Province.

Source: Masvingo Residents Trust