From George Maponga in Masvingo
The Zanu-PF leadership here has expressed satisfaction with road rehabilitation projects being implemented by the Government across the province, saying the developments will stimulate economic growth in line with President Mnangagwa’s vision of making Zimbabwe an upper-middle income economy by 2030.
Party provincial chair Cde Ezra Chadzamira said the $26 million rehabilitation of Mhandamabwe-Chibi Turn-Off Road and the ongoing upgrading of Gutu-Buhera Road would drive economic growth in those areas.
He said a recent Zanu-PF provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting expressed satisfaction with progress on the two road projects.
Cde Chadzamira, who is also Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister, said the two projects were progressing well and indicated that President Mnangagwa’s Government was committed to fulfilling its election promises.
“We held a PCC meeting recently where members expressed gratitude to the Zanu -PF Government under President Mnangagwa’s stewardship for the good work that is taking place in the upgrading of the Chibi Turn-Off-Mhandamabwe Road and the Gutu-Buhera Road,” he said.
“We are very happy with the work currently taking place on the two road projects, which will no doubt improve the living standards of our people through faster movement of human traffic and land cargo.”
Cde Chadzamira said the ongoing road upgrading projects will also create jobs and put the province on the cusp of a major economic turnaround that will grow its Gross Domestic Product.
He said while the ruling party was happy with the two road projects, members raised concern over failure of the Gutu-Kurai Road project to take off.
The Zanu-PF Masvingo chair said it was disturbing that the contractor for the project was still to start work despite being paid.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza has since commissioned the Gutu-Kurai Road upgrade project, with work now poised to start in earnest.
Work on the project stopped 17 years ago following the death of Vice President Simon Muzenda, who initiated it.
The Gutu-Kurai Road is touted as a key artery to boost trade and commerce in Gutu and Bikita, which have struggled to reach their full economic potential owing to a bad road network.
Government is also rehabilitating other major roads in Masvingo such as the Masvingo-Zimuto, Rutenga-Zvishavane and Sango-Rutenga in developments expected to further stimulate economic growth in the province.