Kasukuwere, Gumbo meet over Zinara

Minister Kasukuwere

Minister Kasukuwere

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter—

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and his Transport and Infrastructural Development counterpart Dr Joram Gumbo have engaged over the tiff between local authorities and the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) on the amounts the latter disburses for road maintenance.

Local authorities, especially the City of Harare, have bitterly complained that Zinara does not allocate them adequate funds to maintain roads despite “collecting millions” from motorists through vehicle licence discs.

Minister Kasukuwere said he expected to resolve the squabbles with Dr Gumbo.

“We will resolve the issues in terms of what our local authorities expect and the national expectations that Zinara too has,” said Minister Kasukuwere.

“I have been engaging with Dr Gumbo and have no doubt that we will ensure that an amicable resolution is achieved that will serve both parties well. We are committed to see an improved road network in both our state roads and local authorities,” he said.

Dr Gumbo took a swipe at local authorities for making noise about Zinara funds yet they had nothing to show for the money that they had received from the roads administration parastatal.

“I am in agreement with Minister Kasukuwere that we want to make sure that our roads are in good shape both in local authorities and our major highways,” said Dr Gumbo.

“Zinara is equally committed to this national goal, but where I have an issue is with some local authorities that are making noise about Zinara disbursements, particularly City of Harare. They say Zinara gives them inadequate money, about $1 million per quarter. But what do they have to show for that little money that they have received? Can they show us one road that they have maintained or patched up using the money that they have received?” he said.

“I have been to Mufakose, Kambuzuma, Highfield and Mabvuku and the roads have potholes all over. Where are they putting the money that they have been receiving from Zinara?

“They have also been collecting money for parking from motorists in the city, what are they doing with that money? They should show us one road that they have patched up using that money.

“If you look at Bulawayo, which is the best run local authority in terms of its roads, they have managed to maintain their roads using the little money that they get from Zinara but what has Harare done?”

Dr Gumbo said Zinara was collecting less than $150 million per year, with a huge chunk of it going towards repayment of the loan for the widening and patching up of the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare highway.

He said Zinara disbursed funds according to an Act of Parliament that established it, which is that it should equitably disburse funds to all the country’s local authorities.

“If the money that they get is properly managed and correctly used for its purpose, we should be able to see a difference on our roads. But at the moment, there are potholes all over, which makes us think the money is being misappropriated. By the way, all they have to do is patching, but we seem not to see what they are doing with the money,” he said.

“It is also important for local authorities such as Harare to get into public-private partnerships (PPPs) instead of wanting to rely on Zinara because it will never have sufficient funds.

“Look at what Kwekwe City Council has done. They have gone into a PPP and constructed a state-of-the-art bus terminus because they thought outside the box.

“That is what local authorities such as Harare should do, not this tendency of wanting to rely on Zinara, which they know cannot afford to give them the money they want because the source is constrained,” said Dr Gumbo.

Harare City Council mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni recently lashed out at Zinara saying it should take the responsibility of maintaining roads in the city since it collected money from the sale of vehicle licence discs.

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  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Answer: The money is going to Singapore

  • Dedza

    The Council is accountable to one ministry, Kasukuwere’s, and yours Gumbo is supposed to disburse what is correctly and transparently due to the councils then Kasukuwere monitors its use. Gumbo just run one ministry not two, are you Kasukuwere?

  • eliah

    Finally. This was suppose to happen a long time ago not to spend valueable time blaming councils when they knew very well where the money for road maintenance is. These Ministers are wasting everybodys time ladies and gentlemen.

  • zimbotry

    Someone from ZanuPF asking where money has gone?……we all know the answer to that question

    • walter

      where?

      • yowe

        Far East

  • http://www.siemens.com/ Yadah Gunner

    If Dr Gumbo thinks that the City fathers are misusing their allocations why cant ZINARA take responsibility for all the roads in the country so that they become accountable themselves?
    They collect money and give Harare a paltry $1.2m and they think that’s enough?
    How many cars use the Harare roads?
    How much do they contribute to the so called $150m?
    Our cars are being damaged daily yet we are paying our licences, this is gross injustice.

  • African Conservative

    No No No… Money collected from Harare motorists should go to Harare Roads.. Money collected in Bulawayo etc should ALL go to the respective councils. Money from Tollgates should be used for state roads. Why do you take money from Harare motorists to pay a loan for a state highway? That is a misappropriation. The money from toll gates should be used to service these loans…

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    I think we need to just work towards revamping our infrastructure. It is now embarrassing. Some of the problems we are currently faced with are man made. We can do better than this. Surely for a 21st century city to be faced with cholera and typhoid is diabolic to say the least. Those diseases belong to the dark ages and we must work tirelessly to ensure we have roads and a proper drainage system. I was in Zimre Park the other day and I was surprised at the state of road infrastructure there only 24 months after I last visited the area. The same can be said of many other areas such as Budiriro and Glenview. At this rate we will be like Lagos in another 24 months. The pace of deterioration is breathtaking.

    • yowe

      you still believe that these bigwigs have a solution ???? Hahahahaha YOWE!!!!

  • tapiwa

    Fair enough Gumbo, can you tell us what has ZINARA have to show for all the craters we see along Masvingo road..we know they collect ‘little money’ at tollgates..

  • james chibaga

    hope you guys remember there is a surburb called Glen View when you7 finally agree to work coz you have entirely abandoned road maintainance especially in Glen View 3 along 11th Road. Isu tinenge tichingoona zvedu.

  • yowe

    discussing how to share the spoils. hapana chinobuda

  • Musimboti

    Dr Gumbo is completely off topic. Off course you are talking to an opposition Mayor but know that usd1000 000.00 can only surface or be used on 1km stretch or road from my experience on tarring roads across the globe. You cannot disburse the money equally to local authorities because harare is the biggest city and almost every car in Zimbabwe would one day come to Harare and use the roads . in other words Harare roads are used by every body . Moreover the cars in Harare are more than any cars you can have in a small city such as Kwekwe.Again the number of roads in HARARE are more than those found in the other cities combined. Harare would need usd40m Gweruusd3m Kwekwe usd1m, Mutare usd10m Bulawayo usd30m this is be a fair allocation just to help you.