The withdrawal of the Harare-Beitbridge dualisation road tender speaks of challenges of the shortfalls being encountered in tender processes which have cost the nation billions of dollars in potential revenue due to collapsed projects.
Bureaucratic bungling from the top authorities, corruption in awarding tenders and being sold dummies are factors being cited as threats to the progress of several projects across the country.
When a project is sealed expectations are high it will transform the socio economic well being of the nation.
In the background of latest developments of a stagnant Harare-Beitbridge dualisation, questions arise on who is to blame, what went wrong and was there commitment?
Zimbabwe Association of Consulting Engineer Member, Engineer Fumai Bhiza said the rise of briefcase business people with no capacity to undertake projects has seen Zimbabwe being sold dummies on projects.
“Indeed those that are responsible should answer the questions because this is really worrisome for the projects to collapse,” he said.
Economic commentator Mr Callisto Jokonya said while a project has a timeline and set of targets from the start to the end, it is of greater concern when projects are not well negotiated and political interference erodes the gains.
“The death of projects is a key cause of concern that are likely to create harm and damage to the country for the sake of the nation,” said Mr Jokonya.
It is the economic costs that have seen Zimbabwe bleeding as most of the people who are given the job to do the projects sometimes deliver empty promises and in the case of the transitional highway losses of employment, investment and lives has worsened underdevelopment of the nation, said Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe executive director Mr John Mufukare.
“It is the economy that is suffering to the extent that people are wondering whether what can be done to still progress for the sake of the nation,” he said.
The stalled implementation of the Harare-Beitbridge dualisation project highlights just one example of many other projects that have also failed to take off despite being launched amid pomp and high expectations.