Mnangagwa To Inspect The Less Than 1km Resurfaced Part Of Beitbridge Harare Highway
6 August 2020
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Progress on the dualisation of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway by local contractors comes under spotlight on Friday as President Mnangagwa inspects work.

The construction of the road recently attracted public scrutiny when an engineer from ZINARA shared a disappointing video on the progress of the road on social media.

Government has prioritised road rehabilitation as a key enabler in transforming Zimbabwe to an upper middle income society by 2030.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza yesterday said the President would assess the work being done by contractors.

“The President will be inspecting the development work, how far it has gone, the challenges being faced by the contractors among other things. There are five contractors, but tomorrow he will be visiting two of them before visiting the other three some other time,” said Minister Matiza.

The rehabilitation of the Harare-Beitbridge highway was initially set to be undertaken by foreign companies, but is now being done by local companies whose standard of work has so far impressed Government.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Prof Mthuli Ncube is on record saying the Government will prioritise the construction of both rural and urban roads as it develops the required infrastructure for expanding businesses.