By Tapiwa Machemedze
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development has commended the partnership between the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) and partners, Instatoll and Zimtoll, for ramping up revenue collection.
This comes as the implementation of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) is forging ahead to improve the country’s road network.
“The tollgates are an infrastructure for government, but the system that we use to collect money is the one run by Instatoll. So, we have seen that it will go a long way to help revenue collection.
“As you are aware, we have Zimtoll, another tolling company that operates tollgates outside the Plumtree- Forbes road. When Zimtoll took over revenue collection from ZINARA back then, we saw a huge change, so ZINARA had to look for partners which could bring in technology,” said Oscar Gorerino, chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development.
Speaking on the sidelines of a donation to Ponesai Vanhu Children’s Home in Shamva North, Instatoll Chief Executive Officer Mazwi Tunyiswa said the pan-African firm, which operates on the Plumtree-Mutare highway, will continue playing a role in developing an integrated transport system backed by information technology.
“Transport is decided mainly by the authorities. We assist the authorities in what they have decided, so we are available to assist in any form to modernise the transport sector of Zimbabwe and the region. We recognise ourselves as a pan-African business. We have businesses in Malawi and Mozambique. Therefore, we will play our role to have an integrated transport system,” he said.
The Second Republic has placed emphasis on the central role played by efficient transport linkages in enabling the economic development of the county, with the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme expected to enhance development of the key sector.