nyamupinga.jpgLocal authorities have been urged to be innovative and venture into capital projects such as road maintenance which are key indicators of development.

Most local authorities in the country have been failing to access critical road construction equipment due to economic challenges induced by illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by western countries.

However, since the country adopted some measures to bust the illegal embargo such as the use of multiple currency regime, service delivery is now expected to improve as money paid by ratepayers is no longer being quickly eroded by inflation.

Mashonaland East Provincial Administrator, Cde Ndarukwa made the remarks in Harare at the official handover of a motorised grader to Goromonzi Rural District Council.

He urged local authorities to prioritise the procurement of critical equipment in road maintenance and construction as the resources are now available in the form of revenue generated from ratepayers.

“Local authorities were established to decentralise service delivery and as such, we expect them to do just that. Road maintenance is important and they should acquire such equipment as government cannot do that,” said Cde Ndarukwa.

Goromonzi Rural District Council Chief Executive, Mr Trust Madhovi said the local authority managed to buy the grader through funds from rates collected throughout the year.

“In our 2011 budget we prioritised the purchase of road making equipment and we are happy that we did that,” he said.

House of Assembly member for Goromonzi West, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga applauded the local authority for taking the initiative as most would expect government through the District Development Fund to work in road construction and maintenance.

“We have seen an example of innovativeness in Goromonzi. This is an investment that is expected to transform the lives of our people,” Cde Nyamupinga said.

The country’s road networks in both rural and urban areas had deteriorated over the years as government and local authorities did not have funds for maintenance programmes due to challenges caused by illegal sanctions.