Tar­ring of Man­ama road to be ex­tended to bor­der post

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Man­ama tarred road will ex­tend to the new Mlam­bapheli Bor­der Post to ease ac­cess to Botswana for trade and fam­ily vis­i­ta­tions, a min­is­ter has said.

The Min­is­ter of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Pro­mo­tion and Preser­va­tion of Na­tional Cul­ture and Her­itage, Cde Abed­nego Ncube said in an in­ter­view that the tar­mac will reach the new bor­der which was opened four months ago.

“As you have seen con­struc­tion is un­der­way. Heavy ma­chin­ery such as front-end load­ers and graders are on the ground to pre­pare for the tar­mac from Bethel to Tuli Bridge. Af­ter they reach that point, the tar­ring will be ex­tended to the new bor­der,” he said.

Min­is­ter Ncube said the tar­ring of the road will help many peo­ple who rely on Man­ama Mis­sion Hospi­tal for treat­ment.

“Man­ama Hospi­tal serves Beit­bridge South, Ma­tobo South and Gwanda South and all these vil­lagers will get easy ac­cess to the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. Even those who will be trans­ferred to Gwanda will also ben­e­fit. This is a mile­stone de­vel­op­ment which was brought by our gov­ern­ment led by Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe,” said Min­is­ter Ncube.

He said the con­struc­tion of the road would bring em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the peo­ple of Gwanda as all the me­nial jobs have been re­served for lo­cals.

“Our chil­dren will get em­ploy­ment here. The con­trac­tor has been told that he should em­ploy lo­cals for me­nial labour. He will only bring tech­ni­cal ex­perts but all other labour will come from the peo­ple of Gwanda,” he said.

The con­struc­tion of the more than 20 kilo­me­tre stretch from Bethel to Tuli Bridge is be­ing funded by the Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­ture De­vel­op­ment.

In March, Trans­port Min­is­ter Jo­ram Gumbo promised the peo­ple of Gwanda that he would make sure that the road was tarred up to Man­ama Mis­sion Hospi­tal.

Two months ago, the Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment Fund (DDF) fin­ished con­struct­ing a new 10-kilo­me­tre road to the new bor­der from Mashaba Busi­ness Cen­tre. — @richardmuponde

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