Local authorities to get road funding

This journalist has learnt that local authorities in the province will soon be receiving funds for routine road maintenance from the National Road Authority.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo

Speaking at a meeting with road authorities, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Dr Joram Gumbo appealed to local authorities to work together with their members of parliament to prioritise and utilise funds received to everyone advantage.

Dr Gumbo stated that the following amounts will be allocated to local councils: Chirumanzu will receive $349 339, Gokwe North – $330 586, Gokwe South  – $356 393, Mberengwa – $336 157, Runde – $308 486, Tongogara – $309 459, Vungu – $332 292 and Zibagwe will get $318 313.

Dr Gumbo also announced the disbursement of funds to urban city councils, namely Kwekwe – $194 039 Gokwe – $161 580, Shurugwi -  $136 000, Zvishavane – $166 356 and Gweru will receive $331 236.  All funds to be used for the construction and maintenance of roads.

Roads to be improved in Gweru include Second Street, Leopold Takawira, Lundi Road and Chilimanzi, while in Kwekwe Creek, Chicago, Short, Link, Maunganidze, Hillandale and Old Gokwe roads will receive attention.

Gokwe Town Council is expected to upgrade Mapfungautsi Loop, Mateta, Sesame, Njelele and Kwekwe roads, while Redcliff will concentrate on Old Steelworks Road.

The Mberengwa-West Nicholson Road will be allocated $700 000, while the Gokwe-Siabuwa and Kwekwe-Gokwe roads that were washed away will receive $500 000 and $900 000 respectively. The Gokwe-Chodha Road will receive $170 500 for re-gravelling.

Dr Gumbo urged local authorities not to politicise the implementation process. “We receive many requests from MPs and local authorities who wish to have roads constructed. Your voices can all be are heard if you co-ordinate and work together.”

“Local authorities should not favour certain constituencies or politicians above others and  funds should be distributed equally,” he added.

Minster of State for Provincial Affairs in Midlands, Cde Jason Machaya commented that most roads in the province had deteriorated due to general wear and tear, while others had simply outlived their lifespan. He added that some areas had become inaccessible due to bad roads and flood damaged bridges.

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