The parlous state of roads in the city of Bulawayo has been blamed on Bulawayo City Council’s (BCC) inability to raise the required US$700 million to rehabilitate its 2 100km road network.
BCC senior public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said Government’s late disbursement of funds through the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) has not helped either. She said:
The City of Bulawayo requires an estimated US$700 million to bring the road network to a good condition, and to a relatively modest road system. To increase the number of roads in good or better condition by 15 per cent (360km) in the next five years, a minimum level of investment of US$15 million per annum is required
… There have been some challenges in getting the Zinara funds on time. The first disbursement for 2020 was received on 10 March 2020 and the disbursements are supposed to be quarterly and are expected during the first month of each quarter.
The funds were received on 10 March 2020, where they disbursed $1 506 661.50, which can purchase 1 load (30 000 litres) of bitumen at ($1 110 000), the remaining balance will be used to procure quarry dust, road marking paint and traffic sign materials.
The city’s director of engineering services Engineer Simela Dube said in 2019 ZINARA disbursed $5,4 million for Bulawayo road works.