Work on Masvingo highway to begin soon

Munodawafa

Mr Munodaishe Munodawafa

Peter Matambanadzo Senior Reporter
Government has said dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Road will start soon after resolving a dispute with ZimHighways Consortium, a grouping of local firms, to push the stalled project forward. The project has stagnated for 12 years because ZimHighways, awarded the tender in 2002, allegedly struggled to secure funding.

In an interview yesterday, Secretary for Transport and Infrastructural Mr Munodaishe Munodawafa said Government requested the Tender Board to withdraw the tender in December 2012 and the consortium sought relief from the courts.

As a result of the impasse, dualisation of the Bulawayo-Plumtree Highway started and was completed while the Harare-Beitbridge project lay idle.

The dispute has been resolved and work should start soon, said Mr Munodawafa.
“We believe that we will be able to resolve the issue outside courts. Development is better than litigation,” he said.
He said most of the members of the consortium had withdrawn their court cases and Government was “hopeful that this issue will be resolved and we will be able to move on with the project”.

The consortium in the US$600 million project is led by Costain Africa and includes Murray & Roberts, Kuchi Construction, BancABC, Tarcon Civil Construction and Mining Group, and Joina Development.

Dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway is one of Government’s priority projects. The current single carriageway road is blamed for the high number of traffic accidents on the road.

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  • svosve

    Byo- plumtree was not dualised but resurfaced. Asi munofambira kumwe kani

    • Watchman

      It shows the reporter is desk top reporter. the guy who gave him the story flies to Byo/Hre so he doesnt know that there is is no dualisation.

  • MkanyaGP

    A few lives late, but a welcome development none the less……..

  • Nesongano

    Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare road was never dualised unless this was done in the reporter’s dreams. This road was resurfaced and a proposal was put forward to dualise the Bulawayo to Harare Road. I am not sure if this will be done or it will remain a proposal.

  • charles charingeno

    This was long over due! Let us see how i goes. At least if they can resurface it the way they did the Plumtree-Mutare Road and widen it a bit that would be better not best. We also now know what was delaying the rehabilitation of the road rather than keeping quiet.

  • Popiro

    not in our lifetime……

  • Ed

    In Zim you have to ask “how soon is soon?” Otherwise it will be 10 years from now

  • dhewa

    The dispute has been resolved and work should start soon, said Mr Munodawafa.
    “We believe that we will be able to resolve the issue outside courts. Development is better than litigation,” he said. WHAT IS THE CASE HERE? I’m confused. What really is Munodawafa saying?

    • Herbert

      You are not confused.Munodawafa is the one whose confused

    • Taedza J

      Dhewa the litigation came about when the Tender Board withdrew the tender from the Consortium(who failed to secure funding), so the case has been in court for the past 12 years so it seems. Am sure they recon they(still) deserved the tender…yes I think 12 years is too loooooooong, but again remember we are talking of Zimbabwe where we specialise or have specialised in politics in the past 33 years in politics, instead of economic development..

  • Tariro

    good news ..its about time

  • museyamwa

    but seriously….vanhu vanopiwa a tender for a project then they cant carry out the project for 12 years and u stick with them…12 years…ingadai yakatopera kudara..wats going on in zimbabwe….there are some capable companies who can do tht in one year to 2 years…nonsense

  • Makwavararamakwavara

    When is this soon? we are tired of this lies from zanu Pf.