Harare - Zimbabwe recently completed the construction of a landing bay to ferry heavy trucks into Zambia and Mozambique across the Zambezi River at the country’s Kanyemba border post, which connects it to its two neighbours.
Kanyemba border post is in Mbire District in Mashonaland Central province, north-eastern Zimbabwe. It is located on the south bank of the Zambezi River at the extreme northern most point of Zimbabwe at the meeting point of the Zimbabwean, Mozambican and Zambia borders.
Mbire district council chief executive officer, Claudious Majaya, said the new landing bay is a temporary measure to promote formal business among Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and Zambians, as the three countries are in the process of constructing a Y bridge that will link them so as to do business easily in the near future.
Zimbabwe is working closely with Zambia to make sure their trade relations get a boost in every way possible, and in this case Zambia is set to provide a pontoon that will make things easy at the newly constructed landing bay.
For the longest time, people in the areas around the Kanyemba border post have been surviving on informal trade with their neighbours in Mozambique and Zambia, using risky mode of transport to cross into the neighbouring border towns.
“Zambia is providing a pontoon and we are only waiting for it to be delivered, then the bay will start operating. The pontoon is like a big boat that will dock at the landing bay and about three 30-tonne trucks will be loaded (to and from) on the pontoon and transported across Zambezi.
“This one (landing bay), as government officials are saying, is just a temporary measure to promote trade, while issues of the Y-bridge are being finalised, which include the feasibility studies they have started and the bridge location,” Majaya said.
Zimbabwe is currently in the process of reviving the Kanyemba border post, as it was closed years ago by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority because the law did not allow offloading goods in transit.
Kanyemba is not only in the process of developing the border post, but the government of Zimbabwe has given the development of the town a national project status, so as to make sure the border town becomes functioning and creates opportunities for Zimbabwe and its neighbours.
So far apart from the Y-bridge project that is currently under a feasibility study, a highway that will connect Kanyemba with Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is currently under construction. Kanyemba aerodrome and various irrigation projects among others, are also being constructed.
Kanyemba has seen investors from various countries showing interests in developing businesses that will not benefit just Zimbabwe but its neighbours as well.
Zura Southern Africa, an American company that is set to establish a US$160 million multi-model international trade hub for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, is among the investors that are set to invest and develop Kanyemba.