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Construction of Ndodahondo road on course

Construction of Ndodahondo road on course

Story by John Nhandara

THE government is accelerating the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme, with the construction of a 36-kilometre stretch that links Zimbabwe and Mozambique through the Mukumbura border post now work in progress.

The rehabilitation of Ndodahondo road follows the successful rehabilitation of another section from Mt Darwin to the Zambezi area, which has brought convenience to the motoring public.

“This road has been rehabilitated very well, but we are calling for the rehabilitation of the remaining part up to Mukumbura. We took many hours to reach this Zambezi area from Mukumbura due to the sorry state of the road. But we are happy because we are seeing the progress,” said one of the motorist.

“Our wish is for this road to be rehabilitated throughout to the border post because, during the rainy season, it’s difficult for buses to negotiate through up to the border,” said a resident of the area.

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Provincial Roads Engineer for Mashonaland Central Province, Engineer Joseph Makokove highlighted the importance and significance of the road in connecting Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

“We have our main critical road which is the Mt Darwin Mukumbura road commonly known as Ndodahondo road. The road links Zimbabwe to Mozambique. We now have 36km left for the surfacing of the road so that it gets to the border and on the Mozambican side they are left with 25km. Under ERRP, we had earmarked to do 10 kilometres and we have a contractor on the ground. This is an emotional road, which will increase trade if we are to surface the road up to the border post,” he said.

Other remarkable road rehabilitation projects in Mashonaland Central Province include the ongoing Harare – Kanyemba road rehabilitation project where 10 kilometres have been rehabilitated and now open to traffic, the rehabilitation of 17 kilometres of the Nyakasikana-Karanda road as well as the rehabilitation of the main road which connects Mt Darwin and Rushinga.

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