Zim roads are death traps: Gumbo

via Zim roads are death traps: Gumbo – Newsday October 20, 2015

TRANSPORT minister Joram Gumbo has said all Zimbabwe’s roads are in a bad state and like “death traps”, but government was broke to rehabilitate them.

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

Whether you talk of rural or State roads they are all very bad,” Gumbo told NewsDay last week on the sidelines of a tour to assess the condition of roads in Matabeleland region.

“This is the reason why I am here just to have my own evaluation of the state of the roads particularly that we are coming to the rainy season and end of year when we look at the Christmas period and so forth. I want to see that something is done on the roads. If you look at the main roads like the Beitbridge, Masvingo, Chirundu-Harare roads, it’s all potholes, it’s like a death trap.”

He said all the roads whether it was in Mashonaland, Midlands or Matabeleland, were all “a recipe for disaster”.

“Those roads have not been rehabilitated for a long, long time. Regravelling is not good enough, so we need to redo the roads because some of them have not been attended to since the Cyclone Eline rain, which is about 10 to 15 years ago.”

“So it goes without questions that you cannot even talk of tarred or gravel roads as in a state that you can say they are passable. All our roads are bad and there is no money at this particular time to redo the roads and this is why I am encouraging road authorities to use the little that they have got from Zinara to improve some of the roads,” he added.

Gumbo said as a ministry, they were also trying to come up with partnerships to dualise major roads like Bulawayo-Beitbridge and Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highways.

He added the government was going to dualise the Beitbridge-Masvingo road, Harare-Chirundu as well as Harare-Nyamapanda road but the money was a stumbling block.

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    R Judd 7 years ago

    How weak. No sense of personal responsibility about how things came to be this way. No plan to resolve the problems. He should just go home and stop breathing.

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      Mushavi 7 years ago

      Shame on the comments from the man himself. Chokutanga how many tollgates we have in zimbabwe? Lets say 20 No.x say 6000 cars passing the whole country x 30 days x av. of $3 = $10,800,000.00 vakomana musatamba nemari dzevanhu muchidai.

      Pagore it is appox $129m shuwa mungatadza a 100km or 50km road pagore shuwa? Ndokutamba ne US Dollar chaiko. Tirikuita mawe maprojects outside the coutry 30KM @ US$20m. Surely with this money per year we are able to do at least 100km.

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    Mushavi 7 years ago

    Shame on the comments from the man himself. Chokutanga how many tollgates we have in zimbabwe? Lets say 20 No.x say 6000 cars passing the whole country x 30 days x av. of $3 = $10,800,000.00 vakomana musatamba nemari dzevanhu muchidai.

    Pagore it is appox $129m shuwa mungatadza a 100km or 50km road pagore shuwa? Ndokutamba ne US Dollar chaiko. Tirikuita mawe maprojects outside the coutry 30KM @ US$20m. Surely with this money per year we are able to do at least 100km.

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    Mugarbage 7 years ago

    Why spend money on Zimbabwe roads when you can put it safely in a Swiss account? In the light of indigenisation, maybe it is time to reinvent goat trails.

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    Nikki 7 years ago

    It’s actually the drivers that cause needless deaths you idiot.