Beitbridge-Harare road dualisation political hot air: Opposition parties

OPPOSITION parties have said the groundbreaking ceremony for the dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway was a desperate attempt by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF to win next year’s elections at any cost.

by EVERSON MUSHAVA

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu

Mugabe on Thursday officially launched the $984 million dualisation of Beitbridge-Harare highway along the Masvingo-Harare road to be done by an Austrian company, Geiger International, under a build, operate and transfer facility.

The dualisation of the highway, which forms phase one of the project, according to the contractor, will be complete in three years.

But MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said Mugabe was desperate to influence the outcome of next year’s elections.

He said there were several roads and projects that had been commissioned by Mugabe’s broke government that were yet to be completed after over 20 years.

“Mugabe and his government are just a failure, nothing will come out of it. The project will not be complete in three years. The groundbreaking ceremony is simply a political gimmick to hoodwink the electorate ahead of the 2018 general elections,” Gutu said.

“Dualisation of the Harare-Masvingo road has been long overdue, but nothing will come out of this corrupt government.”

The National People’s Party led by former Vice-President Joice Mujuru said the groundbreaking ceremony of the Harare-Chirundu highway was nothing but a political gimmick flavoured with fraudulent intentions for the 2018 elections.

“Put the other way, the so-called groundbreaking ceremony is simply a disguised way of seeking to steal taxpayers’ money within the shortest possible period since the regime is now facing obvious electoral defeat in 2018. Mugabe is clearly preparing his fraudulent exit package from power,” Mujuru’s spokesperson, Gift Nyandoro said.

People Democratic Party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said: “Remember these are the same chaps who commissioned a town in the middle of a bush in Mt Hampden. They also commissioned a railway line from Chitungwiza to Harare.

“This one has been talk of the town for years. It will take years to have boots on the ground and finish the project. The timing is another project where money will disappear and find itself in factions of Zanu PF. The money will be used for election campaigns and the party did this to be seen to be fulfilling a manifesto.”

Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) leader, Jacob Ngarivhume said the groundbreaking ceremony was nothing more than a campaign gimmick for the 2018 general elections.

TZ spokesperson Sungai Mazando weighed in: “Zanu PF has lied to Zimbabweans and they will lie again. It is striking that Zanu PF seems to have an idea of the essential infrastructural developments that are natural enablers of a thriving economy such as roads, case in point the Beitbridge-Chirundu highway.”

15 Responses to Beitbridge-Harare road dualisation political hot air: Opposition parties

  1. Pope May 20, 2017 at 5:43 am #

    does a road need commissioning to be repaired.

  2. mush bc May 20, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    its not repairing or fixing, but construction of a completely new dual road May,
    Handei tione!!

  3. gomo May 20, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Mirai muone,hapana chinoitwa apa

  4. Musena May 20, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    ZanupF needs money for elections and you will see how funds will disappear and no one will be arrested. Mahofa thinks only ZanuPF youths must benefit. What about others. Ambuya ava vane vana here? Why is she so cold blooded.

  5. mbolvita May 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    the dualisation of that road started way back in 1998 from Cnr Willowval/S. Mazorodze. It took about 20 years to get to where it is now, past Mbudzi at the Toll gate near apo because they cant build a bridge over that smelly river. I dont see what this commissioning or ground breaking noise was about iyo dualisation yatova ne 20 years tichitatarika nayo? Ngavatikwanire.

    • comment May 21, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

      true! next year will be 20th anniversary since commissioning in 1998.

      Mari iritii zwayo yeku kick start the front cover of the empty book (just a few million from that $15bn). come election results next year then ngoma ndiyo ndiyo asking for funds kkk.

  6. Predator May 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    zvaingori nyika yema birthday parties nemagunano,kutaura nechirungu stereki asi chabuda hapana.

  7. Predator May 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    nemagungano

  8. marshall May 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Hapana chinobuda

  9. Gonzo Mumwena May 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    Nyeberwai vana vevhu.Zanu pf promised more than 2 000 000 jobs.Where are the jobs?.We hear they are now saying create your jobs kkkkkkk stupid Zmbos listen to rubbish all the time.They promised people good life when they introduced bond notes but we are now in serious trouble kkkkkkk

  10. padenga May 21, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    gonzo why do u call us stupid… your anger should not get you to this.

    • comment May 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

      hanzi those zimbos who happen to be stupid, read again

  11. Benson May 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    What became of he Zambezi – Matabeleland (Bulawayo) water Tunnel ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    • comment May 21, 2017 at 11:52 pm #

      iriko, we will talk about it when we need something from matabeleland. Thanks for the concern 🙂

  12. jose May 22, 2017 at 7:52 am #

    let’s not churn propaganda out of nothing ,the highway is strategic for trade and the mere fact that it has been commissioned it’s a sign of commitment .it’s a simple business deal between govt and investor.the investor holds the purse and they do their budgeting and implement the project Hapana kuba mari apo.

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