Call for road authorities to utilise road fund

By John Nhandara

ROAD authorities have been implored to utilise funds disbursed by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) for road maintenance.

The issue of utilising funds availed for road maintenance was one of the key take aways at the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) 5th Annual General Meeting held in Harare this Monday, where ZINARA Board Chairperson Dr George Manyaya called for acquittals from road authorities to ensure they receive more funds for road maintenance.

The road authority has so far disbursed about ZWLfive billion out of a total of ZWL16 billion to four road authorities this year.

“We have disbursed ZWLfive billion for the first quarter and we are now waiting for acquittals so we can disburse more funds,” he said.

Meanwhile, stakeholders challenged ZINARA to come up with a monitoring mechanism on the utilisation of the road fund, especially from local authorities who have been under the spotlight for abusing funds while neglecting maintenance of roads in different suburbs.

“The local Authorities are simply failing and ZINARA must take over in the maintenance of roads under the jurisdiction of councils,” noted Hon Themba Mliswa – African Parliamentarians’ network against Corruption-Chairperson.

Guest of Honour and Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Mike Madiro implored ZINARA to uphold good corporate governance and come up with technological innovations to plug revenue leakages.

“I implore you to continue being ethical and accountable in the public administration of funds,” he said.

ZINARA disburses funds to four road authorities namely the District Development Fund (DDF), Department of Roads under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development and rural and urban local authorities.