VID’s cor­rup­tion bat­tered im­age wor­ries Min­is­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Prince Sun­duzani

VE­HI­CLE In­spec­torate De­part­ment (VID) of­fi­cers should shun cor­rup­tion and im­prove their com­mit­ment to duty to im­prove their tainted im­age, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment strate­gic plan­ning work­shop held in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, the Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo, said a train­ing pro­gramme is also nec­es­sary to im­prove the de­part­ment’s tainted im­age.

“Ladies and gen­tle­men, we can take of­fence and deep ex­cep­tion to cor­rup­tion and in­com­pe­tence accusations lev­elled against some of our De­part­ments such as the VID, but this will not change pub­lic per­cep­tion,” he said.

“We need to prove them wrong through our ac­tions, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion. I do not doubt the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of most of our of­fi­cials, which has been proven over and over again. We must build on their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment through train­ing pro­grammes.”

Turn­ing to the CVR, the Min­is­ter said there has been an out­cry re­gard­ing its charges for among oth­ers ac­qui­si­tion of new num­ber plates and ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion books.

Dr Gumbo also said a num­ber of na­tional projects were on the right path, with projects such as the re­cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe and the du­al­i­sa­tion of the Beit­bridge- Chirundu high­way hav­ing al­ready taken off. “Our per­for­mance in 2017 has been noted by many through the var­i­ous projects that have been un­der­taken. I am pleased to re­port that work on the Harare-Beit­bridge High­way Project is now un­der­way. Be­yond this project, fo­cus should now be on the Beit­bridgeBu­l­awayo-Vic­to­ria Falls cor­ri­dor and the Harare-Nyama­panda road,” said the Min­is­ter. “With re­gards to the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe, I would like to ac­knowl­edge the progress made in se­cur­ing a part­ner for the in­sti­tu­tion. Specif­i­cally, a po­ten­tial part­ner was iden­ti­fied through an in­ter­na­tional bid­ding process. I am pleased to re­port that Cab­i­net has granted the NRZ Board the green light to en­gage the win­ner of the ten­der, DIDG/Transnet Con­sor­tium, in con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

Dr Gumbo urged the NRZ board to take the re­cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme se­ri­ously as it is the only way to re­vive the paras­tatal.

The re­cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion deal en­com­passes the NRZ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme which in­cludes re­newal of plant and equip­ment, rolling stock, track sig­nalling and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture as well as sup­port­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sys­tems.

It is hoped that once the project’s fi­nan­cial clo­sure is reached, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the turn­around pro­gramme will be­gin be­fore the end of the year.—@ PrinceNkosy102

Dr Jo­ram Gumbo

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