Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo has directed the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) to reinstate 51 of the workers it fired last year, instead of recruiting new workers.
The workers were fired following the July 17, 2015 Supreme Court ruling that allowed companies to dismiss employees on three months’ notice.
This comes after the roads authority had written to Dr Gumbo requesting that it employs 100 more peoplein view of the new 10 tollgates to be opened up soon in various parts of the country.
“Zinara recently made a request to me that they want to employ 100 more people because of the new tollgates set to be opened, but I have advised them that instead of employing more people why can’t you take your people back and then employ extra ones,” Dr Gumbo said.
He said Zinara had not objected to the directive and most of the workers should have been reinstated by Monday next week.
Dr Gumbo said this was going to cut expenses since Zinara was going to pay the fired workers their packages and at the same time employ new workers.
Zinara recently said 10 more tollgates will soon be completed countrywide, with four expected to be finished this month and the rest by April.
Zinara human resources director Mr Precious Murove was quoted as saying four tollgates to be ready first were at Karoi on the Harare-Chirundu Road, at Bindura on the Harare-Mount Darwin Road, on the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road and at Magamba on the Chivhu-Nyazura Road.
The tollgates at Kazungula on the Victoria Falls-Kazungula Road, Dewure and Lothian on the Masvingo-Mutare Road, on the Ngundu-Tanganda Road, at Chivhu on the Harare-Chivhu Road and at Rutenga on the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road would be ready by April.
The Department of Roads through its provincial road engineers started erecting the tollgates in November last year after the gazetting of the necessary Statutory Instrument.