GOVERNMENT has announced plans to rehabilitate aerodromes in Murehwa and Mutoko saying the facilities would greatly assist farmers ferry fresh food to markets in towns and outside the country.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana made the announcement yesterday adding that President Mnangagwa’s government “will leave no one and no area behind”.
The suggestion to rehabilitate aerodromes in remote areas was popularized by opposition MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa in the run-up to the 2018 general elections. At that time, Chamisa attracted strong criticism from Zanu-PF supporters who accused him of being futuristic, immature and impractical.
“Government has started the rehabilation of Murewa Aerodrome. The Aerodrome was last used in the ‘90s. Being located in a horticultural hub,” Mangwana said.
The aerodrome is owned by the District Development Fund (DDF). Mangwana said the fact that Chamisa talked of “building” an airport in Murehwa shows that he even didn’t know the aerodrome already existed.
Murehwa district is located in Mashonaland East and thrives on farming. The DDF aerodrome undergoing rehabilitation is located next to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). Preparatory work at the site has already begun (see slide below).
Among other things, Chamisa also promised high-speed bullet trains to service Harare and Gweru. He promised world-class crisscrossing “spaghetti” roads as an upgrade to the country’s crumbled road infrastructure, and to ease congestion.
Chamisa also promised to turn the City of Gweru in the Midland Province into the capital city of the country as a ploy to unite various tribes and make Government more accessible.
Had he won the elections, Chamisa was also going to rename the country’s provinces in a manner that builds national cohesion and reconciliation. ■