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Govt placing special attention on black spots along major highways

Story by Wellington Makonese

THE Government is placing special attention on black spots along major highways as it steps up efforts to reduce road carnage.

Quizzed on the recurrence of accidents on supposed black spots and the use of additional lighting on vehicles during this Wednesday’s question and answer session in the National Assembly, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development revealed that measures are being put in place as a matter of urgency.

“The Christmas by-pass is one area in question that has seen more accidents and I can give you the good news that we are moving to assess, then put a bypass to reduce the load, afterwards we are putting proper signage, we are looking at all the blackspots in the country and doing the same,” said Honourable Felix Mhona, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

The issue of human-wildlife conflict also took centre stage and Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the Leader of the Government Business said the government was working tirelessly to end the problem.

Citizens were called upon to play their part in curbing the theft of critical infrastructure and property by Honourable Kazembe Kazembe, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

“We have been effecting arrests on cable theft and other properties, cattle as well as putting in place serious penalties for offenders, but this should not be left to the police alone, there are citizen police which should be organized by citizens to preserve our properties,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government is expecting to clear the payment of the United States dollar component for wheat farmers this month.

“We have cleared the Zimbabwe dollar component, what is left is the US dollar component which has since started being paid weekly. The balance of close to U$6 million will be cleared before the commencement of the new season,” said Honourable Davis Marapira, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development.

Other issues debated include child sexual exploitation and the resuscitation of Air Zimbabwe were also discussed.

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