The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) says it is prioritising the completion of the Harare-Beitbridge Road by 2023 and 100km out of a 600km stretch has been covered so far.
This was revealed by ZINARA board chairperson Engineer Michael Madanha in an interview with State media.
When asked by The Sunday Mail Online Editor Garikai Mazara on what projects ZINARA is prioritising this financial year, Madanha responded:
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Our major priority is to ensure that the Harare-Beitbridge Road is well funded for completion by 2023. Right now there are five contractors on the ground, each doing 20km, which means we have covered 100km of the almost 600km stretch.
To speed up the process, we intend to engage more contractors so that by 2023 we have finished the road. The Harare-Beitbridge Highway is of prime importance to us because it is the major artery of the country, and the sooner it is completed, the easier it is to do business for the country and the region.
Besides, all provinces will also get funding according to their priority lists. Our intention is to fund at least 20km per year per province, of which each province decides which road/s get priority.
I must hasten to add that road funding is not the sole prerogative of Zinara, Treasury also has a role to play in road construction, as well as donors.
You must be aware of the Makuti-Kariba 6km stretch which is being funded by Jaica (Japan International Cooperation Agency). So, in some instances, there can be multilateral funding.