Govt disowns volunteers patching potholes

Govt disowns volunteers patching potholes

Source: Govt disowns volunteers patching potholes – DailyNews Live

Helen Kadirire      7 April 2017

HARARE – Volunteers who are patching potholes across the country are
operating illegally and should stop, deputy Transport minister Michael
Madanha has said.

Madanha told the National Assembly on Wednesday that the volunteers should
allow government-approved companies to do the work.

His remarks come after Zanu PF proportional representation MP Goodluck
Kwaramba enquired about the legality of their work and whether they were
liable for compensation if hit by a car during road repairs.

Kwaramba was worried that the volunteers did not wear any reflectors or
have danger warning signs to show they were working.

“If there were to be an accident between the volunteer roads repairers,
who are doing it illegally, and the person who will be driving their own
vehicle, we are not responsible,” Madanha said.

He said volunteers are not on the payroll of any responsible authority
that looks at road maintenance.

Madanha said while the roads have become extremely damaged due to the
heavy rains, local authorities or the ministry was not responsible.

The deputy minister said the soil they are using is not suitable for road

Senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Ozias
Hove said earlier this week government – through the Emergency Road
Rehabilitation Programme – has raised $35 million to repair flood damaged


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    Joe Cool 1 year

    The soil the government is using and the standard of compaction (about zero) are also not suitable for road repairs, and they should be grateful that someone is making some attempt to do something. Didn’t Mugabe just tell everyone to make their own employment? – Useless government which has no “responsible authority” for doing anything constructive.

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    The one who built those roads must come back to maintain it as the present leaders are clueless they can’t even build a gravel road ,they know dust road

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    Doris 1 year

    Yes, they are trying, but they have to authority to divert traffic. There are many near accidents due to this.

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    MPN 1 year

    Simply the case that if one cannot fix a darn pothole, how in the name, is one going to run an airline, railways etc. Can’t these idiots just admit they are without a clue and pack all their stolen loot and go back to the bush.
    It must be some medical ailment of Lies, Cheating and Thievery in the veins or the brain is infected with some potent muti so it operates at zero!

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    Barry 1 year

    They aren’t “volunteers patching potholes”. They’re beggars who need to be run off. Or maybe the other beggars (in ZIMRA) need to start taxing them per hole.