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ED set to fulfill Mugabe’s Kilimanjaro sugarcane initiative

President Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is set to fulfill the wishes
of his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe as he is expected to commission the
Kilimanjaro sugarcane project being undertaken by government in partnership
with Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe.
On November 09, Mnangagwa is expected
to commission the project which sits on 4 000 hectares of virgin land.
Chiredzi District Development
Coordinator (DDC) Lovemore Chisema told TellZim News that he was looking
forward to the commissioning of the project.
“Yes, the President is coming on
the 9th of November to launch, officially, the Kilimanjaro project,
where THZ is in partnership to clear the virgin land at a cost recovery
basis,” said Chisema.
The project began during the reign of
Mugabe as part of his then government’s indigenous economic empowerment drive,
and is expected to benefit several new small-scale sugarcane farmers.
Local traditional leaders; Chief Tshovani,
Chief Gudo and Chief Sengwe first proposed the project to Mugabe in 2012 in
their push for new land to be cleared for cultivation rather than seize already
productive land from Tongaat Hulett for distribution to locals.
They argued that the seizure of
productive land from the company would be detrimental to many jobs and the
livelihoods of many families.
Vast portions of the company’s estates
were seized nonetheless but a more fervent push for the seizure of even more
land in 2017 did not succeed.
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