Harare(ZimEye)SWAZILAND’S King Mswati III yesterday toured New Donnington Farm in Norton owned by controversial Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono and officially commissioned what has been called ‘the first phase’ of the governor’s ambitious 8 000-tonne silo project.
President Mugabe, his wife, the Swazi delegation — including the King’s wife Nkosikhati Lagija — senior Government officials and business leaders witnessed the occasion which the state media reported to have been ‘colourful’.
President Mugabe described the event as “rare and historic” while King Mswati hailed Dr Gono’s farming exploits.
“This is a rare, a most rare occasion of a visit to a farm by a king. That had not happened in this country before, but it has happened today,” President Mugabe said.
“And so we should regard this as a historic moment, as a moment that should evoke in us a sense of pride, pride that we have in Africa a king who can easily associate with ordinary people.”
In the morning, President Mugabe and King Mswati had crept behind doors to discuss what the state media has defined as ‘political, economic and cultural relations between Zimbabwe and Swaziland and political events in Africa’ at State House.
The Herald claims that King Mswati saluted President Mugabe’s ‘leadership’ qualities, acknowledging that he learnt a lot from the veteran leader.
“Throughout the many years we have known each other, he (President Mugabe) has always shown me how much he loves his people. Running a country is not always easy, I had to learn from experienced people like President Mugabe,” he allegedly said.
Furthermore the paper said that King Mswati applauded Dr Gono for his success as a farmer and challenged other Zimbabweans to follow in his footsteps to ensure food security in the country.
“I am glad to see that the man who is implementing this (silo project at the) farm is the governor of the central bank. I understand why he is the governor.”
The first phase of Dr Gono’s silo project consists of four silos with a capacity to hold 8 000 tonnes of maize and soyabeans.
The silos were constructed at an average cost of US$40 000 each with the support of some local and regional financial institutions. (Source: ZimPapers)