This bakery that was opened by two ministers has shut down after 24 hours. When NewsDay visited the place at Portlet in Makonde district yesterday, the oven, in an open maize field, was deserted as villagers said the 50 kilogrammes of flour delivered on the day of the launch had been exhausted.
Small and Medium Enterprise minister Sithembiso Nyoni and Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Priscah Mupfumira commissioned the oven that uses fire wood and produce about 500 loaves per day.
One of the villagers who preferred to remain anonymous said the project was rushed because most of the local people were not aware of the baking project.
“There was so much secrecy about the project. Most of the villagers were surprised that the ministers were coming. No wonder why it operated for 24 hours and the moment the ministers went away everything came to a halt,” the villager said.
But one of the committee member Vaida Matanhire played down the issue saying the community should contribute to the running of the project.