‘Mat North roads need ur­gent at­ten­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube in Victoria Falls

MIN­IS­TER of State for Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince Am­bas­sador Cain Math­ema has said roads in the prov­ince are in a bad state and need ur­gent at­ten­tion to boost tourism.

Am­bas­sador Math­ema was giv­ing wel­come re­marks at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Bu­l­awayo-Victoria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on Fri­day.

He im­plored the Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment to speed­ily du­alise the Victoria Falls Road so it com­ple­ments the new-look air­port and lures more tourists.

“To­day is one of the great­est days for Mata­bele­land North as we cel­e­brate what your Cabi­net and party Zanu-PF has done in the prov­ince. You have built us a city by build­ing this air­port,” said Am­bas­sador Math­ema ad­dress­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

He said the prov­ince is the back­bone of the coun­try’s tourism sec­tor hence the need to de­velop road in­fra­struc­ture.

Am­bas­sador Math­ema out­lined a num­ber of roads around the prov­ince that need ur­gent at­ten­tion.

“Your Ex­cel­lency, at first we thought you were just ren­o­vat­ing the fa­cil­ity but you ended up cre­at­ing a vir­tu­ally new air­port.

“This is the best air­port in Zim­babwe…it is so be­cause Mata­bele­land North is the mother of tourism in the coun­try.”

“We need in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment as Mata­bele­land North and we plead with the Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Dr Jo­ram Gumbo to re­fur­bish the Bu­l­awayo-Victoria Falls High­way. We don’t want it widened but du­alised be­cause we have too many trucks that are wider than the road,” said Am­bas­sador Math­ema.

He said he ex­pected Dr Gumbo to hon­our “his prom­ise to work on the road.”

“We ex­pect the Min­is­ter to work on this as he has promised. We have many roads such as Cross Dete-Binga-Si­abuwa, Man­joloKar­i­angwe, Tsholot­sho-Bu­l­awayo, Bu­l­away­oNkayi-Man­oti and Lu­pane-Nkayi that need ur­gent at­ten­tion for this tourist prov­ince,” he said.

Am­bas­sador Math­ema said his vi­sion was to trans­form Mata­bele­land North into a com­mer­cial prov­ince where ev­ery vil­lager has ac­cess to wa­ter.

Dr Gumbo said plans are un­der­way to du­alise Beit­bridge-Bu­l­awayo-Victoria Falls High­way with fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies al­ready done for the Beit­bridge-Bu­l­awayo stretch.

Gov­ern­ment is work­ing on other ma­jor roads such as Beit­bridge-Harare-Chirundu.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, deputy pres­i­dent of the Chief’s Coun­cil, Chief Mt­shane Khu­malo im­plored the Gov­ern­ment to work on the Kariba-Victoria Falls Road which he said was crit­i­cal for tourism.

There is no ma­jor di­rect road be­tween the two tourism towns and mo­torists travel via Bu­l­awayo and Harare which is longer.

“We wel­come the air­port as Victoria Falls is im­por­tant to Zim­babwe be­cause all visi­tors to the coun­try come through the air­port. We thank the Min­is­ter of Trans­port who saw it fit to lure more visi­tors through this fa­cil­ity.

“We also ap­peal for con­struc­tion of the Kariba-Victoria Falls Road along the Zam­bezi River as that is strate­gic to our tourism where those who can’t fly can tour the coun­try,” he said.

Victoria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port is the third the Gov­ern­ment has com­mis­sioned over the past few years af­ter JM Nkomo in Bu­l­awayo and Buf­falo Range in the Lowveld.

It was con­structed by China Jiangsu through fund­ing from a $150 mil­lion con­ces­sion­ary loan from China Exim Bank. — @ncubeleon

Am­bas­sador Cain Math­ema

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