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Temba Mliswa talks tough on NRZ managers

by Mandla Ndlovu
18 Apr 2019 at 16:05hrs | Views
Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa has blasted Senior managers at the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) who are alleged tobe trampling on and changing through the back door the terms and conditions of the US$400 million recapitalisation deal with South African railway utility Transnet and the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) in a bid to throw spanners in the works to save their jobs and other interests.

Mliswa said, "This is why we don't go anywhere. This was sanctioned by was above board but because of people who want to "eat" nothing comes to pass. Credible companies don't budget for corruption and instead keep at arm's length with the dealers and speculators left to have free reign."

Mliswa further added that the process was frustrating young people who want to support the Second Republic.  

"Here we see young, enthusiastic Zimbabweans from the Diaspora being thwarted in their efforts to make meaningful contributions to the development of Zimbabwe."

In March private media reported that the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) had received a big boost after both Zimbabwe and South Africa cleared all the hurdles which had delayed the injection of US$400 million into the struggling parastatal.

The Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) won the tender to recapitalise NRZ in 2017, although the deal subsequently faced headwinds due to what is said to have been "inexplicable" hold ups by the government.

As a result, progress on the deal was delayed by more than eight months, despite DIDG and its South African partner, Transnet, sourcing the funding for the project.

"Their (DIDG and Transnet) anxiety to receive official confirmation that the Zimbabwean side will give the required six months extension of the framework agreement … shall finally pave the way for work on the project to progress smoothly," International Trade minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo told then.

Source - Byo24News