Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to push ahead with a hydro-electric power project on the Zambezi River as he campaigns ahead of the July 30 election on a promise to rebuild the shattered economy.
Mnangagwa, who took over from ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in November, has said he intends to tackle mass unemployment by luring back foreign investment and investing in infrastructure.
"It is a $4.5 billion [3.82-billion-euro] project and we are doing it in partnership with the Zambian government," Monday's state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Mnangagwa as saying.
"At our level as presidents, that is myself and (Zambian) President (Edgar) Lungu, we have agreed that the project must go ahead," he said at a campaign rally on Saturday in the farming and mining town of Bindura.
The 1,600-megawatt project was expected to create 6,000 jobs, he said.