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Mnangagwa's govt faces pressure to fix Matebeleland roads

by Staff reporter
28 May 2024 at 09:58hrs | Views
Lawmakers representing Matebeleland are urging the government to address the longstanding issue of poor road infrastructure in the region, emphasizing that improving roads is crucial to alleviating the perpetual marginalization experienced by the people.

During a parliamentary session, Members of Parliament from Matabeleland raised concerns about the dire state of roads in the region, highlighting that some roads have remained neglected since before independence over 40 years ago.

Insiza South legislator Spare Sithole expressed frustration over the slow progress in refurbishing key roads like the Filabusi-Silalatshane-Avoca and West-Nicholson-Mberengwa routes. He lamented that despite efforts to engage Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Mhona, little progress has been made.

Similarly, Pelandaba Tshabalala MP Joseph Tshuma demanded clarity on timelines for road rehabilitation projects, particularly for major routes like the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo to Beitbridge Road, Nkayi Road, Kezi Road, and Tsholotsho Road, some of which have been under construction since independence.

In response, Deputy Minister Joshua Sacco assured Parliament of the government's commitment to completing these projects, citing progress made under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme. Sacco emphasized the ministry's dedication to addressing road infrastructure challenges nationwide, including in Matabeleland, through comprehensive tours and maintenance initiatives.

He outlined plans to extend the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme and provide funding for outstanding projects, emphasizing the government's goal to ensure equitable infrastructure development across Zimbabwe. Sacco also highlighted ongoing efforts to improve road conditions through periodic maintenance and mechanization programs for rural district councils.

Source - newsday
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