Potholes a state of emergency: Kasukuwere

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LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said he would seek President Robert Mugabe’s help in dealing with Harare’s dilapidated road network, which is characterised by gaping potholes.

by STAFF REPORTER

Most of Harare’s roads are in a deplorable state and Kasukuwere, following a tour of some parts of the city, accompanied by Transport minister Jorum Gumbo and acting Harare mayor, Herbert Gomba, declared the situation a “state of disaster”.

“We will use contracts that we have and will seek the necessary support. I do not think delays will help us anymore. We will certainly write to the Office of the President and Cabinet and waiver some of the requirements because we have a state of disaster.

“If we allow this to continue for the next two to three weeks, we might not have any road to talk about in Harare. As it stands, we are now even affecting the foundation of the roads because the tar is gone,” Kasukuwere told journalists afterwards.

“I think the point the minister (Gumbo) has made is that Harare is not the Vatican, Harare is not on its own, we are together, City of Harare and government, because Harare is the capital city.”

Gumbo said he had already consulted with Treasury on the possibility of redirecting money from the Road Fund towards roads rehabilitation.

“The other roads in the country are in a deplorable state. I have been around. I have met the road authorities around the country so they are also busy doing that (rehabilitating roads), but, as you can see, the concentration of people and cars in Harare is far bigger than what you meet outside.

“We have already asked the Finance ministry to allow us to use some of the money we call road access funds to rehabilitate the Harare-Beitbridge-Victoria Falls Road, Beitbridge-Chirundu Road and all those other roads you are talking about. Our last meeting was in Bulawayo over the weekend,” Gumbo said.

Most of Zimbabwe’s roads have outlived their life-span, as they were constructed in the colonial era.

23 COMMENTS

  1. you have to wonder how, with toll gates and sophisticated registration fees, the roads look like this. User fees for roads have been paid – in forex, and the police so heavily monitor the roads so it should be impossible to use them without having paid road tax.

    • I hope Gumbo was misquoted because surely how can he say he ” had already consulted with Treasury on the possibility of REDIRECTING money from the Road Fund towards roads rehabilitation,” when in fact money from the Road Fund should simply and solely be used for road construction/rehabilitation purposes!

  2. So Mugabe is now the local authority? If Kasukuwere said he was going to ask the first family for funds to repair roads I would understand, since they have lots of money from diamond sales in their personal bank accounts in Singapore.

  3. ITS NOT ONLY HARARE NHAI KASUKUWERE. ALL CITIES. COME TO MUTARE TO SEE THE DEEPEST POT HOLE/DISH HOLE/ TANK HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF MAIN STREET. MUTARE IS THE WORST.

    UKU URI KUNZVENGA POTHOLE, UKU KUNE ZIMUPURISA RAKASIMUDZA DANDA RESIMBI INO BAYA MA TYERS EMOTOKA.

    ZIMBABWE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. The condition of roads indicates the state of decay of the entire infrastructure of the country. Which is why voters would prefer a new establishment. One which has focus on the future of the country not personal bank accounts.

  5. Amazing, unbelievable!!! So yáll are only realising now that the roads are in dire need of total reconstruction?!!! Were on earth have you been driving for the past 10 years?? Zimbabwe, do u need any more evidence or prompting to see we are being governed by useless people out of touch with our everyday experience, who crush our voices and just need our votes to legitimise their stay in power so they can loot some more??!!! Mukai!! Ngatingwarei senyoka in the next election

  6. Potholes affect everyone rich or poor and now we get attention form Authorities.

    But why Harare only ? All our road networks need attention

    Asking the President for help says a lot about our Ministers

  7. We will use contracts that we have and will seek the necessary support. I do not think delays will help us anymore. We will certainly write to the Office of the President and Cabinet and waiver some of the requirements because we have a state of disaster.

    Ndipo panoti corruption. Why wait till situation is dire….only to cut corners and jump over set checks and balances. Jobs for the boys!!

  8. How on earth can Kasukuwere ask for help from the man who is the problem in the first place, at 93 years old Mugabe cant even help a fly stuck in a tea cup

  9. Just imagine the Mabvuku bridge road that was commissioned in December yatova nema potholes.

    The problem with our Gvt is that they sabotage councils becoz most of them are run by opposition. but now look the problem affects everyone even with you SUVs you need 30mnts for a route that requires 5 mnts.

    Please when it comes to national issues let’s work together.

  10. The state of roads indicate the potholed brains of those in power. Roads are supposed to be maintained not this of acting when the situation is out of hand.

  11. Its a campaign gimmick what does the president has to do with the deplorable state of the roads its u Kasukuwere who have to work hard as a minister of local gvt, repair the roads, if u can’t do that quit the ministry.

  12. Nxa kkk kasukuviri is the first problem.how can u say i will tell r.g so kana asipo amugone kufunga mega kk mode kufungirwa ne 93 old brains amunyare

  13. Its all talk, both from us the suffering people and this useless administration.
    Serious shift is needed.

  14. So this fat boy called Tyson has suddenly realised the need to repair potholes?Does that mean the president’s office is now in charge of roads.What kind of administration is this?Most of the pot holes only need human resource and some truckloads of rubbles but the zanu pf administration is busy looting the funds that are paid daily to Zinara.

  15. sei muchitambudza mdara uyu? akakoniwa kusima muti chaiwo, and now you want him to construct a dual carriage!!

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