By ZBC Reporter
Legislators from Matabeleland South have called for a coordinated approach to improve the current state of road infrastructure in the province.
Among the worst affected districts are Bulilima and Mangwe where the current state of roads linking Plumtree, Tsholotsho and other areas have negatively affected local and international trade.
Speaking to the ZBC News this Tuesday, local legislators pointed out the need for key stakeholders such as the District Development Fund (DDF), local authorities and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development to work together to address the issue as a matter of urgency.
“Most of our roads are in a deplorable state having been last graded a long time ago. This has negative effects on development at the end of the day,“ said honourable Dingumuzi Phuthi
“We however believe that is three road authorities could work together they will be a great change in the state of our roads“ said honourable Evelyn Ndlovu.
The members of the National Assembly also believe that the availing of more financial resources to local authorities under the devolution programme will go a long way in improving the state of roads in the province.
Meanwhile, the DDF says it will be launching a blitz road maintenance programme in the province.
“As we talk we received funding to do motorised grading throughout the province and we will do a total length of 967 km. We have one grader and we will engage constructor in each district to assist with the programme. We will also do towed grading that will cover 2 484km,” said Malandu.
DDF however, contends that there is a need for the organisation to be further capacitated with earth-moving equipment to avoid outsourcing services from the contactors.