All set for Harare-B/Bridge dualisation

Minister Gumbo

Minister Gumbo

Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
Austrian construction giant, Geiger International, the contractor engaged by Government for the Harare-Beitbridge Highway, has completed surveying the road, paving way for the commencement of the multi-million dollar project.

Geiger International has since started shipping machinery and equipment into the country ahead of the anticipated start of the project.

The company will set its base in Masvingo.

In an interview recently, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said Government had since secured all the funds required for the project.

He said the project had been delayed by the registration processes of a company that was supposed to inject funds into Geiger International.

“The project is now going on smoothly because we have signed some important agreements with the contractor,” said Dr Gumbo.

“We had to address some modalities with the State Procurement Board and that has since been done. The financier of the project could not register their company with Geiger International to be able to send money into the country, but that has been addressed.”

Dr Gumbo said the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development had its own problems, which also contributed to the delay, but that had since been sorted out.

“As I am speaking, the company has moved all the money for Beitbridge-Harare dualisation project into the country and I can safely say the money is secure,” he said.

“The company engineers have done the surveys of the road and where they will put their machinery. The company’s base will be in Masvingo.”

Dr Gumbo said the project would cost $1,7 billion and not the $2 billion reported in the media.

“The Beitbridge-Harare Highway dualisation will cost $998 million, which has come in the form of a loan payable for a period of 20 years through tollgates money,” he said.

“The Harare ring road will cost $300 million and will be done by a Chinese company, while the Harare-Chirundu Road will cost $665 million.”

Dr Gumbo said the amount did not include $8 million secured from Japan.

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  • Cde Maz

    We have heard this story so many times minister.people need to see machinery on the ground working and not explanations. It cant be business as usual.i thought you were going to give us exact dates when the project will start.

    • Dr Sithole

      Not only that Cde Maz, the Minister is basically being untruthful. If one adds up the figures in this story (998mil+665mil+$300mil =$1.963billion). So yeah, I notice Herald did not have the integrity to publish the earlier comments where I broke down the figures. Maybe some comments are under operation restore legacy

  • Dr Sithole

    While this is commendable the Minister should either be truthful about the actual figures or admit that mathematics is not his strength or that of his subordinates. How can he argue that the total cost is $1.7 billion and not $2 billion. This is where he gets it wrong…if one adds up the $998 mil + $665mil + $300 mil the resultant total is $1.963 billion which is basically closest to $2 billion. If the $8mil by the Japanese is added, given that it is for the same project but by different funder, the total goes up. So the media has been reporting correctly more than the honourable Minister. The lack of transparency and truthfulness has always beenthe biggest challenge on this project. I hope Herald publishes this so that our people know wool is pulled onto their faces.

  • Dr Sithole

    The Minister is basically being untruthful or not sure how to add the figures. If one adds up the figures in this story (998mil+665mil+$300mil =$1.963billion). So yeah, I notice Herald did not have the integrity to publish the earlier comments where I broke down the figures. Maybe some comments are under operation restore legacy

  • goto

    I have already noticed either poor design or lack of focus on alignment of the road. for example i suppose the road will completely bypass Chivhu by going through the west side of this small town. Probably it should also bypass Masvingo and should have “fly-overs” and filter roads. There should be no Tee or cross junctions or traffic lights on this new road to enable uninterrupted flow of traffic. The only interruption of traffic should be at toll gates where drivers stop to make payments. Can yo publish the architectural impression of the road at critical places like Mbudzi, Beatrice, Chivhu, Masvingo, Harare ring road etc for.

  • Mbatatisi Mbatatisi

    So which comments were not published @Dr Sithole. You have made 3 contributions already

  • Taki

    The only update we want is that the work has started. Not stupid politicking. A lot of money has gone missing for the last 37yrs and the only change we want now is the work to be seen on the ground