The Japanese Embassy has handed over roads rehabilitation material worth close to $6 million to the Zimbabwe government.

The roads rehabilitation material consisting mainly of bitumen was handed over as a grant to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development at a ceremony held in Chinhoyi.

The gesture follows an agreement signed last year between Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Robert Mugabe.

Ambasador Toshiyuki Iwado underscored ‘the role a sound road infrastructure’ plays in promoting socio-economic development.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Dr Joram Gumbo said roads authorities and municipalities have benefitted immensely from the Japanese donation.

Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr Willard Manungo said the bitumen received came at an opportune time when government is implementing the emergency road rehabilitation programme to put back to shape roads damaged by rains last season.

The bitumen handover ceremony was also witnessed by the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province Cde Webster Shamu.