The Mt Darwin-Mukumbura highway has received a major revamp as part of the massive road rehabilitation exercise being undertaken by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development and the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) countrywide.

16 km of the highway have been tarred with 36 km remaining to the Mukumbura border, in a development which will enhance trade and commerce between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

During a tour of the province with local authorities, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Cde Joel Biggie Matiza said other road development projects are on-going, such as resurfacing of the Harare-Bindura road, tarring of the Bindura-Matepatepa road and the Mahuwe-Kanyemba road as the government fulfills its pledge on infrastructure development.

“There has been an unprecedented drive to rehabilitate roads since the new dispensation was ushered in and in some cases, we are building new roads. The government has honoured its pledge for infrastructural development in a big way,” he said.

The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central, Senator Monica Mavhunga said the Mukumbura-Kanyemba roads are key regional routes and putting them in good shape will unlock significant revenue for the provincial economy.

“The current progress by the government gives us relief, given that road infrastructure is a key enabler for economic growth under the devolution agenda,” she said.

Addressing infrastructure gaps is one of the areas identified as key in fulfillment of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).