The construction of a multi-million-dollar government complex at Binga Growth Point in Matabeleland North province hangs in the balance eight years on as government struggles to finance the project.
Binga North MP Patrick Sibanda told NewsDay on Tuesday most building material at the site had been destroyed by rains while some disappeared without trace because of the delay.
“The construction of the Binga government complex began in late 2003, but it is still on slab level,” he said.
“Since then, nothing else has been done on the complex. There are about 300 bags of cement lying idle at the site that have been destroyed by the weather. Some time back, a 10-tonne truck arrived at the construction site and took away most of the other building material. We do not know where that material was taken to.”
The MP said the complex was supposed to house various government departments that were currently sharing the few offices at the business centre.
“There is need for the complex to be completed so that government departments that are currently sharing offices are housed comfortably and they work professionally,” said Sibanda.
Sibanda said he raised the issue in Parliament sometime back but was told there was no money and hence no allocation for the construction of the complex.
Most government departments, which are supposed to be based in Matabeleland North, are operating at Mhlahlandlela government complex in Bulawayo because of shortage of office space.
Lupane State University is carrying out its operations at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, because construction at its proposed site has been stalled by lack of funds.