Cash constraints hamper dualisation

roadworks_highwayHARARE - Instead of dualising roads the government of Zimbabwe s that it is going to start modernizing and maintaining of the existing roads, as this is cheaper. (Pictured: Govt seeks partners to upgrade major highways)

Speaking at the Euromoney Conference last week, Minister of Transport and Communication Nicholas Goche admitted the countrys roads were indeed in bad shape, but said there was no money for the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge road and the Bulawayo-Harare road.

The dualisation of roads is too costly so we have started the modernisation and maintenance of the existing roads, said Goche. The minister has in the past been accused of allocating the largest chunk of the toll gate fees to his Mashonaland Province.

He said the government was looking for partners to undertake the dualisation of Nyamapanda road, which links Zimbabwe with Malawi, and the Harare-Chirundu road which links the country with Zambia and the DRC.

Roads in Zimbabwe are in bad shape and the Harare-Masvingo road is infamous for fatal accidents. Although road construction workers are currently working on the busy highway progress has been at a very snail pace owing to cash constraints.

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