By Tapiwa Machemedze
Government has adopted measures to improve efficiency in the implementation of the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme at a time road users are praising government for improving safety on the roads.
Residents of Chiweshe in Mashonaland Central have welcomed improvement in travel via the 18-kilometre Glendale-Gweshe road which was repaired under the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme, with the installation of road signs and markings set to complete the facelift.
“There used to be many accidents along this road but with the repairs we are optimistic they will be reduced,” a motorist commented.
Another said: “We really must commend government because our road was in a sorry state but its now working well which is quite commendable.”
“Great work has been done on this road and we only hope the work can be extended right up to Muzarabani because there are many potholes when you reach further up,” said another.
Significant progress has been made on other roads countrywide and government is taking stock of the challenges and success in various districts.
“The Major purpose of this visit is to assess what each road authority has accomplished during period of ERRP and find out what are their challenges so that we share view from head office and district. We want to improve on effectiveness and efficiency of implementation of ERRP we can only do that if we interact and share view,” said Mr. Zvinechimwe Ruvingachuru, Permanent Secretary for Local Government and Public Works.
Similar assessments have been carried out in Masvingo, Midlands and Mashonaland West, with indicators pointing to overall success of government’s road rehabilitation programme.