The government says over US$5.5 billion is required to rehabilitate the country’s national road network.
Ravaged by rains in the last season, the country’s road network is in a sorry state with the US$200 million harnessed by Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) inadequate for maintenance.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Joram Gumbo, who was meeting stakeholders in Mutare, says strategising on improving the country’s road network is critical as it is key to development.
Manicaland Minister of State Cde Monica Mutsvangwa noted that the Eastern Highlands is a tourism hub and as such the quick wins are easily accrued once the road infrastructure facilitates ease movement.
Local authorities have also been urged to ensure their budgets cater more for service delivery rather than wages.
Manicaland province was allocated more than US$10.2 million under the Emergency State Roads Rehabilitation Programme with the resealing of Chivhu-Nyazura and the Rusape-Nyanga 10 km stretches, among others, having been completed so far.
This year ZINARA has set aside US$232 million for road maintenance.