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Govt in bid to revive NRZ

by Stephen Jakes
15 May 2017 at 11:06hrs | Views
Deputy Minister of Transport Engineer Madanha has said the government is engaged in various programmes, which will see it reviving the ailing National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) soon.

"We have got various programmes that we are undertaking so that we can restore the viability of the NRZ. I think we all know the problems that we have like the vandalism that took place at the NRZ. We are also aware that our track at the NRZ really needs rehabilitation and we also know that our communication and lighting system is no longer functional," Madanha told the senate.

"To this extent, we are inviting potential investors who are willing to invest in the NRZ and Cabinet has approved the recapitalisation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with conditions which we think are more conducive to attract investors to come and invest in NRZ. Now, coming to the question of people living in the rural areas, we are all aware that we have got four entities in the country that are responsible for maintenance, construction and rehabilitation of our road infrastructure."

He said these four entities right now as he spoke of are working flat out to repair our damaged roads.

"These entities are the Rural District Councils (RDCs), the District Development Fund (DDF), Urban Councils and the Department of Roads. Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), which is an authority created by an Act of Parliament has got the responsibility to mobilise funds and distribute to all these four entities so that they can work on our roads and restore transit of goods and services in a safe and secure environment. So, we are pretty sure that our farmers will have road condition which are acceptable to transporters so that any transport costs that are charged are not too high. We are repairing our roads and we hope sooner or later, we will have our road network in good conditions so that our farmers can take their farm produce to the market," he said.

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