Zinara officials grilled over road rehabilitation

via Zinara officials grilled over road rehabilitation September 23, 2014

ZIMBABWE National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials were yesterday grilled by Members of Parliament who demanded clarity on why the Harare-Beitbridge Road had been left out in the current roads rehabilitation exercise.

The MPs said the Harare-Bietbridge Road should have been prioritised considering its bad state and strategic economic importance.

Zinara acting-board chairperson Albert Mugabe and acting chief executive officer Moses Juma had a torrid time in fielding questions from members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development.

Highfield East MP Erick Murai (MDC-T) said: “People should be serious about rehabilitation of Masvingo Road because right now it is unsafe to have vehicles moving on it. It is just a strip and people are dying every day. It is a strategic road which contributes a lot to our economy and something should be done.”

Glen Norah MP Webster Maondera (MDC-T) added: “We do not appreciate mediocrity on whoever is supposed to make those decisions because money is collected from tollgates in that stretch of road. What are you doing with the money that you are collecting from Chirundu to Beitbridge?”

Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna (Zanu PF) felt the oversight was not acceptable as it appeared as if money collected on the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge Road was being used to develop other roads that were being revamped.

Mugabe told the House that Zinara was not responsible for disbursement of money collected from tollgates saying all decisions on roads were made by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

“Presently, Masvingo Road is subject to a court case, and it has created challenges because we do not know if government may lose that court case, but it is the court case that has held back construction. Masvingo road has degenerated severely and needs a complete overhaul, and before the onset of the rains we should have begun to do something on that road,” he said.

Mugabe defended the recent hike in toll fees, saying the money was urgently needed for rehabilitation of roads.

Juma said Zinara had asked local authorities to submit their own road rehabilitation needs for funding.

“We have written to urban councils to submit roads that needed pothole patching. Last week we disbursed $1 million to the 32 urban councils for purposes of patching potholes. The board authorised $3 million to address potholes beginning of October. We bought jet patchers for patching potholes — one was given to Bulawayo and two to Harare,” he said.

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    Well at least they are now trying to fix the roads.

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    tapiwa 8 years ago

    They have been trying for years and will probably still be in ‘trying mode’ come 2018.
    Can someone point me to where I can get information on the Masvingo Road court case

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    bruce Koffee 8 years ago

    The issue of rehabilitation of roads or such national projects should not be the responsibility of a small ministry without executive decision from the highest authority in the country. Rather the President must be responsible for such as in other countries, national projects as huge as that do not require delays or delegations. Hence its irresponsible for Parliament to even delegate national roads to ministry of transport or even to think of patching roads. There is a serious concern nationally, regionally and internationally about the state and safety of on Zimbabwean roads. No other country have not set its priority on roads infrastructure and desire economic development. Road, rail, air transport, power generation, agriculture and mining is the nerve centre of the economic development. But in Zimbabwe its delegated to incompetent, irresponsible, corrupt and careless, greedy and good for nothing failures guys, who have no success to talk about on their CVs since they took over from Smith regime. These sectors have been on the free fall in achievement since independence. Ministry such as inteligence, police and defence which guard the political survival of Mugabe are his cencern and has his direct oversight since independence, while the very base is burning. How short sighted is ZANU PF. For this cause everything is crambling including political survival of ZANU PF is under serious threat internally and externally, yet if they have guarded the above they would not have any problem in defending their political heritage since people would be judging them by such successes. But alas now they are surving by rigging yet economically and politically burning.