The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo has commended local authorities for contributing towards infrastructure development.
Cde Moyo made the remarks at the official opening of the Kopa-Chipinge alternative road this Saturday (today).
Banana and orange farmers in Chipinge are delighted following the official opening of an alternative road that links Kopa and Chipinge, a busy route that was severely damaged by Cyclone Idai.
While handing over the road to the Minister Moyo and the community at large, president of the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ), who is also the Mayor of Gweru, Councillor Josiah Makombe said it was the mandate of all the local authorities to help with road maintenance, especially in Chipinge.
“As UCAZ we sat and deliberated on how we could assist the victims and we chose to maintain the Kopa-Chipinge road given the huge demand of the road,” he said.
Officially opening the road, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister thanked UCAZ for chipping in complementing government efforts to restore damaged infrastructure in the province and challenged other stakeholders to emulate the gesture given the amount of work still needed to restore normalcy in Manicaland Province.
“This is one commendable action by the local authorities to assist in road provision given the levels of road destruction witnessed in the province. We still call upon all assistance necessary to assist all affected areas,” Minister Moyo said.
Meanwhile, muchongoyo dance dominated the entertainment scene at the handover ceremony as a group of grannies kept the crowd on their toes through uniquely coordinated dances.