Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme on course

By Yolanda Moyo

THE Government is set to expedite the second phase of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme to ensure projects are completed before the onset of the rains.

This Friday Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Honourable Mike Madiro inspected the second phase of the emergency road rehabilitation programme in Matabeleland South and Bulawayo, expressing confidence the second phase of the road rehabilitation programme will be completed before end of October.

“The Ministry and various stakeholders are busy making sure that we speed up the works. Engineers are employing the bulk procurement of materials to make sure that there are no down turns in the implementation of the programme.

“We are upwards of 60 percent of those two phases and we hope that by the times rain come we will be done with phase one and two. This is not a talk show, the President is a doer. The programmes that we have visited today in Matabeleland and Bulawayo are a testimony and clear implementation of the Presidents vision.*

The Ministry also reiterated government’s commitment to upgrading Esigodini toll gate along the busy Bulawayo- Beitbridge road.

Employment of locals in such projects was identified as key in cultivating a sense of belonging and ownership.

“Let’s have the communities and local people being involved so that they can protect and defend such projects. I am also recommending that ZINARA should sub contract, since there are a lot of roads that need to be rehabilitated. If the resources are readily available why not subcontract.”

Government declared the country’s road network a state of disaster as most of the roads had become untraffickable due to ageing and damage by heavy rains received during the summer cropping season.