The United States is spending $475,000 to build a border wall in Zimbabwe, according to a report.
In 2016 during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged that his administration would build a great border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but Democrats blocked funding for the project meant to thwart illegal immigrants from entering the country unchecked.
The United States ambassador in Zimbabwe has approved a different kind of border wall to be built in the southern Africa nation with U.S.’ funding.
The U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation granted $475,000 to the Great Zimbabwe Museum to make repairs to the border wall of an 11th century stone fortress that surrounds the ruins of an ancient city.
“All this is funded under the fund from the U.S. ambassador,” Lovemore Nyandima, a regional director for the Great Zimbabwe Museum told Bloomberg.
Great Zimbabwe was the capital city of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe that reigned over the ancestors of the modern-day Shona ethnic group, Bloomberg reported. The wall surrounding the city today is overrun with an invasive weed from the West Indies known as Lantana Camara.
The grant will fund efforts to prevent the weed from growing through the wall, destroying the stones. A system will be installed in late August or September to help detect shifts in the ancient stones, Nyandima told Bloomberg.