By Kenias Chivuzhe
THE Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) says it is putting in place measures to improve on revenue collection, with transparency being at the centre of the organisation’s re-branding exercise.
In an interview on the sidelines of a ZINARA workshop in Nyanga recently, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development Chairperson Honourable Oscar Gorerino acknowledged a positive change in the handling of public funds by ZINARA.
“We requested this workshop to see how ZINARA has corrected the past wrongs as they have been in the press for the wrong reasons. We wanted them to update us on the progress so far. We wanted to see if there is a change after having met in parliament 2 years ago. We are happy with the developments at ZINARA,” he said.
ZINARA Board Chairperson George Manyaya spoke on the organisation’s branding exercise that is anchored on efficiency, transparency and accountability but bemoaned the high numbers of unlicensed vehicles which stands at around 600 000.
“We are continuing with blitz as they are close to 600 000 vehicles that are not licensed. We are improving revenue collection. Our mandate is to collect and disburse funds. We have disbursed ZWL5 billion in the first quarter. We have improved on accountability, disclosing on revenue collections and disbursements,” said Manyaya.
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Permanent Secretary Engineer Tedious Chinyanga said ZINARA’s re-branding exercise is exciting, but warned road contractors who are doing shoddy work.
“There are issues that have come to our attention in terms of workmanship. We are aware that they are few contractors who have done work that is not acceptable. We are blacklisting such companies. Supervision should be intensified and we are not going to pay those who do shoddy work. The contractor should revisit the work for them to get payed. ZINARA is re-branding its self and as a ministry we are excited that the path that they are traversing is the right path,” he noted.
Last year, ZINARA disbursed ZWL9.5 billion to road authorities, with the figure being increased to ZWL17 billion this year.