Govt disburses $45m towards roads rehabilitation

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Joram Gumbo

GOVERNMENT has disbursed about $45 million towards rehabilitation of roads in eight provinces following a public outcry over the poor state of the country’s road network, NewsDay has learnt.

BY Taurai Mangudhla

According to Department of Roads documents at hand, titled All Roads Projects for 2017, the latest disbursements, which left out Harare and Bulawayo, came after Transport minister Joram Gumbo concluded his 12-day nationwide tour, which focused on rural roads.

“The money was disbursed last week,” Gumbo said yesterday, although he declined to give details of the disbursements.

On Tuesday, Gumbo and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere toured Harare roads before they declared the country’s roads a state of emergency.

Council sources said the two ministers agreed on a plan that could see $18 million being disbursed across nine provinces for rehabilitation of trunk roads.

“These roads are very critical and Gumbo agreed to assist local authorities through Zinara (Zimbabwe National Roads Administration) resources,” the source said.

Zinara collects around $130 million annually from road access fees, vehicle licencing fees, transit fees and fuel levy, among other revenue streams, for routine maintenance of roads.

8 COMMENTS

  1. the problem is that the people who be given the tenders to do the roads will be zanu corrupt people who will do a useless jobs. this is a way of giving each other money.

  2. Its high time Mutare Rural District Council employs experienced Grader Operators. The roads under this council are the worst in the country. There is no supervision of the operators so about 95% of the fuel for the machines is sold. They received a motorised grader like most councils but you can’t you can’t tell wether they used a tractor drawn grader or a motorised grader. All road widths have been reduced to the size of the grader blade.

  3. I was at the Ministry yesterday offering a solution to the roads problem and I was told there was no money so what is the real truth????

  4. Masvingo- Renco Mine road just after Mashate Business centre is also one of the worst. Urgent attention is required.

  5. The state of our roads have exposed Gumbo as yet another incompetent reactionery minister with a high sounding paper qualification. Its a known fact that our roads have outlived their lifespan yet, they only released cash when things have ground to a halt and therefore much more expensive. Yes can someone in media report and expose the grand theft and fraud that Gumbo is in the process of cooking on the Beitbridge Chirundu road. The project value has been inflated by over half a billion.

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