The government has allocated US$10.2 million towards the emergency roads rehabilitation programme in Mashonaland West province.

Under the facility, respective local authorities in the province will be allocated varying amounts depending on the scope of work for which grants were applied.

Kadoma city will be allocated US$1 million followed by Chinhoyi Municipality which will be given US$947 000.

Announcing the development in Chinhoyi, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Joram Gumbo said there is need to scale up investment in the road network sector where infrastructure deteriorated over the years due to a decline in investment.

While government played its part in providing emergency roads rehabilitation funds to local authorities through ZINARA, some councils failed to utilise the money and had to return it to treasury yet the state of roads under their purview is deplorable.

Makonde Rural District Council (RDC), Kariba Municipality and Karoi Town Council were the worst performers in 2017, while Sanyati RDC, Chegutu Municipality and Hurungwe RDC are said to have performed exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, a US$28 million facility has been set aside for local authorities wishing to borrow funds for recapitalisation.