MDC-T deputy President and legislator Thokozani Khupe has lamented over the continued road carnage along the national highways.
“Minister (Felix) Mhona (Transport) is one of the Ministers who normally act swiftly when requested to bring in Ministerial Statements, so I would like to thank him for that. It is so sad to be losing people through road carnage and I have discovered that in most cases when repairs are done on the roads, there is poor workmanship,” she said.
“I would like to single out the road towards Sable as you are driving into Kwekwe, that road has been repaired severally but the road is bumpy. As motorists are driving, some of them will be driving fast and as they drive along those roads, they end up losing control and accidents happen. I would like to appeal to you Minister so that you make sure that there is thorough supervision as these people repair roads.”
She said it would appear as if these people do not know what they are doing because they cannot be repairing a road over and over again.
“I would also like to urge the Minister that there be signage on the roads. Where there are curves, people must know you are approaching a curve and you must slow down. If it means putting the humps down so that people slow down, I think it is better that way,” she said.
Responding to Khupe, Mhona agreed with her over the concerns.
“I can give a good example of people using Seke Road. It was bumpy because each year we could just patch and that is not the desired state of a road. You need to reclaim the road so that you start it from afresh and if you then drive now along Seke Road, it is now perfect,” he said.
“So, the idea of patching in Shona we will say kungotambisa nguva, surely in terms of stability it will not be stable. So, we have raised the issue of roads that are bumpy and that we also need to reclaim. As we gravitate towards the budget cycle, it is again my humble plea to lobby for funds so that we adequately rehabilitate our roads not just pothole filling.”