Calls are heightening for government ministries and departments to work collectively especially on national projects if the second republic is to achieve its set goals.
The call follows a familiarisation tour of Hwange and Kamativi transmitter sites by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa and her ministerial team that included her deputy, Honourable Energy Mutodi, Permanent Secretary Mr Nick Mangwana and leaders of the digitisation cooperating partners.
Minister Mutsvangwa was briefed on how the Kamativi site had been running on diesel for the last five months after the grid power supply cables of up to a stretch of 5km were stolen.
This has resulted in about 2 000 litres of diesel being needed to power the transmitters every 5 days, something the minister said needs government ministries to step in and address as the current status is not sustainable to the country.
Minister Mutsvangwa also spoke on the need for the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to fix the access roads to the sites as they are not friendly.
While conceding that the forex challenge was hampering attaining desired speed to finish this national project that was incepted in 2016, Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe CEO, Mr Obert Muganyura stressed on the need to address the Kamativi power situation as it was negatively affecting the maximum utilisation of the site.
$104 million is needed to finish the digitisation project which is said to be 35 percent complete with expectations high that the upcoming budget will be able to meet this demand.