Harare bemoans paltry road rehab allocation

Harare City Council has blamed the government for frustrating efforts to rehabilitate major roads, describing the road rehabilitation funds provided by the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) as insignificant.


Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni told stakeholders attending his last state of the city address last week that the funds received from Zinara were a drop in the ocean.

“The road rehabilitation emergency fund from government enabled the city to start undertaking some meaningful road rehabilitation works. A total of $17 million has been pledged and over $12m has been disbursed to the city,” Manyenyeni said

“To date, slightly over 400km of the city’s road network has been fixed of potholes and rehabilitated, patching of 325km has been done and significant work has been done under the drain clearance programme. The work done is minimal considering the magnitude of the roads problem in Harare,” he said.

At least 800 000 vehicles drive through Harare City Council’s 4 000km road network daily, with 80% of the road network said to be in a bad state.

Manyenyeni said of the 800 000 licensed motor vehicles that ply in Harare, the city could raise $10 million per quarter or $40 million per year, if it was allowed to collect vehicle licence fees.

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“It is unlikely that since Zinara took over the collection in 2009, that we have received amounts anywhere close to just one year’s licence collection,” Manyenyeni said.
Harare is among several cities and towns lobbying the central government to allow them to collect vehicle licence fees.


  1. you are spot on bernard on this one harare licence fees must go towards harare road rehabilitation not into a pool were the money eventually disappears


    2. So Harare cars will only travel in Harare and pay licence fees when they go to other cities? Is that how it works in your minds and in Manyenyeni’s mind? The road license fees are for national roads and the funds must be distributed on an equitable basis, a basis which looks at the need and fairness across the country. The council collects taxes through the water bills and rates and they should use that money for those purposes, not for hefty salaries.

      1. While I don’t live in Harare, it is only sensible that when revenue is collected for road maintenance and rehabilitation it does just that. you cannot expect to collect money from a Harare resident to maintain a road in Zvimba where he will never travel to. As for the other cities and towns they should also be able to maintain their infrastructures based on the money collected from the vehicles there. The fewer the vehicles the less damage to their roads and therefore less maintenance, which should be commensurate with their collections .

        1. True, national roads should be funded by toll fees collected on the highways.

      2. each local authority will collect money and utilise it in the rehabilitation of the roads in the concerned town its as simple as it can get and that was the norm and lets revert to the old set up

      3. National roads should be funded thru toll fees. We must copy how developed countries like SA operate.Metros should collect vehicle licensing fees and traffic fines. We should disband useless organisations like ZINWA and ZINARA. Police should only issue ticket fines and not collect revenue by doubling up as cashiers. Where on earth have seen that? Where is the segregation of duties here.

  2. There are no guarantees vehicle licencing monies will be utilised for road maintenance when City Councils collects the revenue WITH the obtaining scenario where ZINARA collects being worse evil coz ZINARA is a known ‘soup kitchen’ for zanupf and government.

  3. ZanuPF created these irrelevant organisations like Zinara and Zinwa so that they can have easy access to public funds…Let councils run their own affairs and stop these irrelavant and useless organisations stop interfering with council operations.The biggest culprit is the ministry of local government…We want service delivery.Zesa took over revenue collection in the households and they abandoned the street lights…Unongoona kuti Zanupf inongoda pari kupinda mari…Hee MDC is sponsored by foreigners but they are way better because they get foreign money unlike Zanupf which sponsors its activities by stealing public funds…What a big shame

  4. Madii matanga nekushandisa 5million yamakaisa ku soccer team VaManyenyeni. Muri kupa bhora mari yakadaro musha wakabooka zvinoita here?Mandate ye kanzuru iservice provision kutanga then zvimwe pamberi hatingakosheshi recreation zvekutotenga franchise to save team yarelegatwa kuti murambe muchibuda mari.

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