construction.jpgIllegal sanctions imposed by the west on Zimbabwe have crippled operations of strategic sectors of the economy with the construction industry being one of the hardest hit by the sanctions.

 

There is visibly little construction work in Harare. A city’s booming construction sector can be seen by the number of cranes and buildings under construction.

 

But Harare’s skyline is clear, a situation that has become common in several urban areas. Rural areas have not been spared, with little construction work going on in the last decade due to sanctions.

 

Before the imposition of sanctions ten years ago there were meaningful projects.

 

But following the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe by Britain and its Western allies there has been little progress as Government which accounts for 80% of the construction projects has been blocked from accessing funds from the World Bank for Public Sector Investments Programmes (PSIP).

 

Given the extent to which the construction industry plays an important role in the economy, it is not difficult to see impact of

sanctions on the economy in general?

 

Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe ( CIFOZ) President Mr. Daniel Garwe says there has been loss of skills, decline in productivity, retrenchments and inadequate  funding due to sanctions.

 

At a time when Government is focusing on the revival of the economy, the World Council of Civil Engineers, Vice President Engineer Martin Manhuwa says sanctions have made it difficult for local companies to conclude joint venture deals with external firms.

The removal of sanctions will facilitate the recovery of construction projects, says the National Housing Delivery Trust Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Energy Mutodi.

 

While the illegal sanctions have dealt a major blow on construction developments, it is now pertinent that principals to the Global Political Agreement speak consistently with one voice to ensure that sanctions are removed for the benefit of ordinary Zimbabweans.