The Smallholder Irrigation Revitalization Project, which is being co-financed by the government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will rehabilitate irrigation schemes in Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland
South and the Midlands regions.
Another cabinet minister is the airforce boss -- Air Marshal Perence Shiri, who had previously headed a special North-Korean trained unit that is alleged to have committed atrocities during a crackdown on a rebellion in the western Matabeleland
province in the early 1980s.
Air Marshal Shiri is directly linked to the Matabeleland
massacre of thousands of people by a North Korea-trained military brigade in the 1980s when Mr Mugabe moved against a political rival.
One cannot help reflecting on what all of Mugabe's scheming, and killings (the Matabeleland
massacre); the intimidation and beatings of opposition figures; the cowing of the population; the destruction of one of Africa's most promising economies; the exodus of millions of Zimbabweans to foreign lands just to keep body and soul together; the unchecked looting of the national treasury; the pomp and arrogance while ordinary folk were scrambling around for food for their children; and the endless misery of being Zimbabwean, has amounted to?
He has been blamed for numerous human rights violations during this era, including the Matabeleland
massacres in the early 1980s that saw thousands killed during the early years of Mugabe's rule.
After independence in 1980, Mnangagwa, then the state security minister, directed the "Gukurahundi" massacres of supposed dissidents in the Matabeleland
and Midlands provinces.
However, Mnangagwa's history as state security chief during the so-called Gukurahundi crackdown, when an estimated 20,000 people were killed by the Fifth Brigade in Matabeleland
in the early 1980s, suggested that quick, sweeping change was unlikely.
A senior ZANU-PF official from Matabeleland
South Province told Reuters that the provincial executive there had on Tuesday passed a resolution to fire 15 senior members linked to Mnangagwa, including state security minister Kembo Mohadi.
Wendy Urban-Mead, The Gender of Piety: family, faith, and colonial rule in Matabeleland
Msipa is very clear about the devastation brought about by this crisis in Matabeleland
and the Midlands province, not only the loss of life but also the political destabilisation.
Unconvinced by the hasty attempt to unify with parties they had long warred with, several ZIPRA fighters either refused to join or deserted the ZNA, and set out to be heard by launching a dissident reign of terror across the Matabeleland
region in the south-western part of the country.
This year's first edition of the Matabeleland
Open 2016 "Cast for Cash" Bass Tournament was held on the 30th of April at Mayfair Dam.