Beitbridge Rd work stalls over court row

via Beitbridge Rd work stalls over court row 20 September 2014

THE dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare Highway has been stalled by a lawsuit which is pending in court, but the government is committed to the project which can be implemented over 4-5 years at an estimated cost of $1,3 billion, a cabinet minister has said.

ZimHighways, a consortium of local contractors won the tender for the dualisation of the highway in 2002 but the project never took off for unknown reasons and the government later cancelled the tender.

Transport and Infrastructure minister, Obert Mpofu, told The Source the condition of the Beitbridge- Harare highway – which is the country’s busiest – requires urgent attention.

“While there has been a lot of interest in financing this project (but) there are litigation challenges from ZimHighways based on an award to them to negotiate an agreement with government,” he said.

“Having failed to agree, government, through the State Procurement Board, cancelled the award leading to the current court action. We keenly await the date for the case to be heard in court.”

Mpofu noted that the high volume of haulage trucks has led to carriage deterioration and that the road of late has been characterised by head-on collisions and side-swipes.

In another development, the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration says it has secured $147 million to dualise the 104 kilometre road stretch between Norton and Kadoma with work expected to start in January next year.

Zinara acting chief executive officer Moses Juma told business leaders in Bulawayo on Thursday that the project was part of the long term plans to dualise the Harare -Bulawayo Highway. He did not mention the source of the funds.

“We expect to start the Norton to Kadoma stretch by next year,” Juma said.

On the 767 kilometre Plumtree to Mutare project, Juma said the project was now 93 percent complete.

“The road will have nine state of the art toll plazas and five are now complete and operational. We expect to be done by December,” he said.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
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    Dreaming or lying as usual

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    Observer 8 years ago

    Hanzi tiri kusvotesa ma Karanga!!Nemi munongofavo mu road macho.

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    Matome 8 years ago

    Court court vanhu vachipera nemaaccidents. Vamwe dzava nherera, chirikadzi asi munhu achiti ndakahwina tender. Izvi hazvina kana musoro zvachose.

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    bruce Koffe 8 years ago

    Its utter greediness for the winners of tender 2002 to ask for the tender now. legally documents should be retained in custody for 6 years, and they may be retained on other form if there be legal reason for doing so. Beside over the past 6 years why did they not ask for this. To delay a development is greedniess. All the budgetary terms have since changed and to grant them a go ahead of the project will definately be uneconomical since they will require budgetary review of all cost and even amendments of numerous clauses. The agreement should just be nullified due to passing of unreasonable time.

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    tapiwa 8 years ago

    Where there no delivery conditions in the tender with specific dates and penalties for failure to deliver