Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Cde Joel Biggie Matiza

Government says there is need for local authorities to be innovative and come up with private partnerships that will help in the improvement of the country’s road network system.

Addressing delegates during a road network conference in the Midlands provincial capital, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Cde Joel Biggie Matiza urged local authorities to come up with smart partnerships that address the road networks in their areas of jurisdiction.

“You need to be creative in the way you address problems in your various districts. We need to have a national standard for all roads so that we don’t experience challenges on roads which quickly get dilapidated soon after construction. We are in the new dispensation lets adapt to PRAZ and get to know it for best practices in carrying out our duties,” he said.

Leakages of funds that had been witnessed in the past will not be tolerated as the road authority ZINARA moves in to ensure viability of the state institution said the board chairman of ZINARA Engineer Michael Madanha.

“Entities should think outside the box and look for public private partnerships. Roads are a key enabler for the ease of doing business which is central in the new dispensation. We are going to be strict on quality management as it is central for us to achieve the desired results,” he said. 

It emerged during the meeting that over 90 percent of local authorities in the Midlands Province had not done their acquittals on time which makes it difficult for ZINARA to disburse more funds for the upgrading of road networks in the province.