Edgars Seenza, Manicaland Provincial Administrator disclosed government plans to respectively reconstruct and repair over 13 roads and bridges in Manicaland. The project is estimated at about $20 million.
Seenza revealed that the government has already contracted JR Goddard (Pvt) Limited and a Chinese company to carry out rehabilitation works. Seenza said:
We are looking at roads that are critical to move food and non-food items to our people,” he said.
We have asked the Ministry of Transport to suspend operations on other roads and concentrate on these critical roads so that we are able to reach the communities.
He said works on Wengezi-Chimanimani, Cashel-Chikukwa, Muuyuweburi-Muroti roads, Mhandarume and Nyahodi, Lydia Chimonyo, Mhakwe Bridge and Umvumvumvu bridges and Skyline-Charter-Ngangu Road section are already underway.
Seenza also revealed progress on routes including Chipinge-Paidamoyo-Kopa and Nyahode-Gata-Mutakura.
Mr George Charamba Deputy Chief Secretary in the office of the president said that infrastructure rehabilitation is very essential. He Said:
It has to do with repairing lives and livelihoods, it has to do with socio-psycho support, and it has to do with infrastructure rehabilitation considering that quite a number of communities have been cut from a larger society.
Essentially, we have come here to get an appreciation in situ of the situation and the work that has been done.
Mr Charamba had accompanied Chief Secretary in the OPC Dr Misheck Sibanda, Public Service Commission chairperson Dr Vincent Hungwe and Government departments’ permanent secretaries who visited Manicaland.
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