Ruwa mulls community litigation against govt

After failing to persuade the Ministry of Transport and Communication to relocate a controversial toll gate that cuts the town of Ruwa off from the cemetery, a golf course and other residential areas, the town is mulling community litigation against the obstinate government.

Nicholas Goche
Nicholas Goche

The toll gate is not yet operational and the Mayor, Pinias Mushayavanhu, hopes that community litigation will forestall it.

The Zimbabwean is in possession of letters to the Ministry pleading for the removal of the tollgate.

“The ministry is insensitive in constructing a tollgate in the midst of our town master plan,” said Mushayavanhu.

He said local businessmen had pledged to bankroll the relocation and subsequent reconstruction of the tollgate, to no avail.

“The ministry is immovable, so the only thing that is left for us is to go to the courts,” said the mayor.

Efforts to get a comment from the ministry, headed by Nicholas Goche of Zanu (PF), were fruitless.

Desperate to raise cash the broke Zimbabwe government in 2009 introduced tollgates that have turned to be a major source of income.

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