Masvingo gets $240k for roads re­hab

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MASVINGO City Coun­cil has re­ceived $240 000 from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Road Au­thor­ity for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and main­te­nance of its road net­work, an of­fi­cial has said.

City Mayor Coun­cil­lor Collen Maboke said the money would go a long way in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems of poor road net­work and as­sured res­i­dents that the money would be used for its in­tended pur­pose.

“I can con­firm that coun­cil has re­ceived its 2018 sec­ond quar­ter bal­ance from Zi­nara, amount­ing to $241 000,” said Clr Maboke.

He said the money will help coun­cil in at­tend­ing to out­stand­ing projects es­pe­cially in high den­sity suburbs.

Con­cerns have been raised over the late re­lease of al­lo­cated Zi­nara funds with most lo­cal au­thor­i­ties re­ceiv­ing their al­lo­ca­tions when they are al­ready ex­pect­ing new al­lo­ca­tions.

“This money was sup­posed to come in July last year but we re­ceived it to­wards the end of 2018. We would en­sure that the money is used for its in­tended pur­poses, thus main­tain­ing and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing roads. We are out­sourc­ing most of the work un­der Zi­nara projects and hope that con­trac­tors hired to do the work will al­ways do it on time. Our tar­get is that we want to at­tend to all roads in high den­sity suburbs,” he said.

Clr Maboke also said the money will be used to pay con­tracted work­ers who would be em­ployed for the projects. He as­sured work­ers catered for by the Zi­nara fund­ing fa­cil­ity that they would be paid their wages on time.

Con­cern, he said, had been raised over the late pay­ment of wages for ca­sual work­ers hired to carry out Zi­nara projects.

Ac­cord­ing to lat­est coun­cil min­utes, it was re­ported that the bal­ance of US$241 000 from Zi­nara was even­tu­ally dis­bursed late last year and was be­ing used for road seal­ing.

“It was also re­ported that the ten­der for pe­ri­odic road main­te­nance had been awarded to As­phalt Prod­ucts (Pvt) Lim­ited works and com­menced on 8 Oc­to­ber 2018,” reads part of the min­utes.

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