VVIPs still to glide in luxury

THERE will be no immediate relief to the poor in the $100 million emergency road repairs and refurbishment programme as roads used by VVIPs will get priority, a Transport Ministry report has shown.


The country’s deplorable roads condition has worsened after the country was swept by tropical Cyclone Dineo.

Transport Minister Joram Gumbo in a recent government report said his ministry — in partnership with Treasury — had raised resources for emergency road repairs, but these would start with highways frequently used by VVIPs.

“Work started on road repairs in Harare in February, commencing with repairs to some strategic VVIP routes around the city, as some of you might have seen,” he said.

Gumbo added the project will cascade to high-density suburbs as it progresses.

“This work will continue with roads in the central business district, low and high density suburbs being next in line. City engineers are part of the technical subcommittee that has compiled the road emergency programme,” Gumbo added.

Repairs have begun on roads such as the Joshua Nkomo Road leading to the Harare International Airport frequented by President Robert Mugabe and Borrowdale Road leading to his private home in the leafy suburb.

The capital Harare and Bulawayo will get the lion’s share of the $26,4 million set aside for the project targeting local authorities.

“Government intends to raise $100 million for the road emergency rehabilitation programme, through Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) bond. This money would be distributed as follows; urban councils $26,4 million, $10,2 million being for City of Harare and $4,1 million for the City of Bulawayo,” the report said.
The remaining 13 urban councils will have to share a measly $12,1 million.

Meanwhile, the minister also announced that the long-awaited dualisation of Beitbridge-Chirundu would commence in the second week of April.

“The ground-breaking ceremony will be held during the first or second week of April 2017, after which construction will commence,” he announced.

Gumbo said the main contractors were now in the country and financial arrangements with the Japanese and Chinese for the project have been concluded.

“For the Harare-Chirundu road, the section to be funded by the Japanese grant has now been finalised, and so contract documentation with China Harbour Engineering Company will now be finalised,” he said.

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  1. Janana wa Bikaz

    I am cock sure some of the funds meant for road rehabilitation will be diverted by the mafioso Zanu pf party to finance its campaign for the looming 2018 elections.The Airport road does not need any urgent attention compared to most roads which are used by public transport.In fact the airport road is the most beautiful road of all roads.This is a case of misplaced priorities.

  2. we in high density suburbs must stop paying vehicle licence fees until roads are fixed. People of Zimbabwe its time we agree. We can even park the vehicles for the whole term and make sure ZINARA of starved of funds to steal.

  3. Nhai va Gumbo, ko kungo bisa ka quarter million dollars kuti kabatsirewo survivors of those who died in road accidents due to the poor roads. hamuonewo here kuti tinozo vhaira nemi??

  4. why chinese companies yet we all know they are dubious

  5. “This money would be distributed as follows; urban councils $26,4 million, $10,2 million being for City of Harare and $4,1 million for the City of Bulawayo,” the report said.The remaining 13 urban councils will have to share a measly $12,1 million.”

    I wonder how some of these people become reporters and editors. There is simple logic in this distribution unless you want a town with 2 Km of road network to get the same allocation with a city with 2000Km of road network. Besides the higher the volume of traffic the higher the damage to the roads in the major cities. Please editor show us that you guys went to school and stop making fools of yourselves, with you propaganda reporting.

  6. Thats bad. So you mean the poor from the high density first priority?
    In high density areas, roads are in such a deplorable state such that, dust is everywhere. People in those areas inhale dusu everyday, every second. Thats the reason why TB cases are increasing on daily basis.

  7. Start the other way round.

  8. So you mean, the poor from the high density areas do not deserve the first priority? People in high density areas inhale dust everyday from untarred roads thereby increasing the chances of getting TB.

  9. Stop being so inhuman and insensitive.

  10. why must Bulawayo get more money than Chitungwiza when Chitungwiza has more people than Bluz

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