By Tafara Chikumira
Government has officially launched the national road maintenance programme in Kwekwe following the release of funding towards the programme by ZINARA in line with the devolution agenda which seeks to improve the lives of marginalised communities.
Government through ZINARA has released 860 million dollars for the rehabilitation of roads countrywide following the destruction of road infrastructure by the heavy rains received since the onset of the rainy season.
District Development Fund (DDF) acting National Director for Roads, Engineer Goodwell Mapako who witnessed the official launch of the blitz in Kwekwe says his team is ready to move with speed in rehabilitating the roads as they are key for national development.
“We are happy that we managed to get this funding in time. Though its not enough we have since prioritised main roads which offer critical services. Remember we are having the Covid-19 pandemic and the nation will need to deliver drugs without a hustle. We are also expecting a bumper harvest and we want our farmers to deliver their crop to GMB without problems. Our aim is to target at least 1000 km per province.”
DDF Kwekwe district coordinator Mr Marvellous Mataga says they started with the Kwekwe Mvuma stretch as it plays an important role in the economic activities of the district.
“As a district we are targeting at least 597 roads in this rehabilitation exercise. This road is one of the most critical in this area as it helps miners move their ore as well as helping farmers move their crop. For this road alone we need to attend to 35 kilometres and with the speed my team is working on we expect to be done by next week.”
The rehabilitation of roads is part of the government’s National Development Strategy one (NDS1) blue print which speaks to infrastructure development for ease of doing business with the aim of attaining an upper middle income economy by 2030.