|ZINARA failing to repair roads|
|Monday, 17 September 2012 16:48|
The Zimbabwe Local Government Association has called on government to return the Vehicle Licensing Portfolio to local authorities as ZINARA is failing to maintain roads with the money they collect.
The organisation claims that in most countries in the region and beyond, the portfolio belongs to the local authorities as these have the mandate of repairing the roads.
Zimbabwe Local Government Association Secretary General, Rodgers Mozhenty said the road administration is failing to allocate adequate funds for the repair of most of the pothole-riddled streets in the capital on time.
He noted that most modern cities have a share of the funds from vehicle licensing and toll gates.
“We are saying government should consider returning the portfolio to local authorities like what is happening in most modern cities. The city is potholed ridden and this requires urgent attention,” he said.
According to a recent report, ZINARA has only disbursed US$1,2 million of the US$5 million it promised to channel into the city’s coffers this year.
In the past, the city used to collect more than US$8 million from vehicle licensing.
The money would help maintain roads.
Harare City Council needs US$67 million to repair its damaged roads.