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We don't owe councils says ZINARA

by Staff Reporter
10 Jan 2014 at 20:38hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) says they have entered into an agreement with local authorities for the distribution of road equipment instead of cash and nothing is owed to local authorities.

The comments from ZINARA follow allegations made by local authorities that they are yet to receive their annual allocation, hence failure to rehabilitate city roads.

In an interview in Harare, ZINARA Chief Executive Officer Frank Chitukutuku said the agreement for the distribution of road equipment was met with 80 graders having been distributed to Rural District Councils.

On the amounts of money owed to the City of Harare, Mr Chitukutuku said they don't owe council a cent as obligations have been met, adding that in 2014 his organisation will focus on urban local authorities with Harare and Bulawayo having received road equipment.

ZINARA has over the years been disbursing cash to local authorities and that stopped following allegations of abuse of the road fund by local authorities which were diverting the money to pay salaries instead of the rehabilitation of roads.

The questions on the use of road funds emerged after Harare motorists complained over the potholes that are making most city roads impassable.

The City of Harare then said it has received US$1.5 million out of US$5 million it expected from ZINARA.

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Source - zbc