Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo

Construction works on the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway should commence by the end of this month.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the contracted company is in the process of identifying local players who will participate under the 40 percent quota which was reserved for locals under the indigenisation policy.

Dr Gumbo says works at the much awaited Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge road construction has since been activated with structural engineers and surveyors already on the ground and the head office of the contracted company has been set up in Harare while the main camp of the company has been set up in Masvingo.

The Minister revealed that negotiations have been ongoing between the company and local authorities of Chivhu and Masvingo where the dualised highway is expected to pass through and agreements on which communities and structures will be affected have been concluded.

“Some buildings will have to be demolished. The road may have to be diverted from the existing route,” he said.

Minister Gumbo, however, expressed concern at the slow pace of preparing the documentation which includes a duty free certificate for the machinery and equipment to be brought in from Zambia where it is being kept.

“Government agencies should not stifle development by slow processing and bureaucracy…,” Dr Gumbo added.

Dr Gumbo said the relevant authorities should deal with development matters such as the dualisation issue with speed and avoid hampering development.

The government has been preaching the gospel of ease of doing business which incorporates the setting up of new businesses to speed up development and avoid bureaucracy.