The government is stepping in to cleanse the rot at the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), with indications pointing towards a restructuring exercise that might get rid of members who have been overstepping their mandate.

This comes after an audit report of 2016 and 2017 unearthed massive graft at ZINARA through tender scams that have bled the parastatal of millions of dollars.

The government rejected a resignation letter by one of the top officials fingered in the parastatal’s rot.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Engineer Joel Biggie Matiza blamed ZINARA for overstepping its mandate, adding that this must end.

“The issue with ZINARA is that it was not doing its core business, it was now doing other issues that were not related to its mandate. It was now running contracts, which is not their core business, which is to mop up funds and disperse them to roads authorities which are the institutions which should run contracts and also to audit those funds. When the board came, it made sure that ZINARA focuses on its core business by staying out of contracting, which was the source of all the corruption that is being talked about. Now we are looking forward to seeing a well-constituted, organised ZINARA,” said Mr Matiza.

Falling under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, ZINARA’s mandate is to enhance road network systems throughout Zimbabwe.