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File picture: Damaged Chimusana bridge 

 Wayne Ncube

MASVINGO – The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa has said a total of 500km of roads in Masvingo will be rehabilitated while drains will be constructed as part of efforts to improve infrastructure much of which got destroyed by floods earlier this year.

Mutsvangwa said this while addressing a post-cabinet briefing in Harare last week.

In response to the damage wrought by the floods, President Emmerson Mngangagwa declared the country’s roads a state of disaster and created an emergency fund to pay for reconstruction.

Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Jefta Sakupwanya said reconstruction will be paid for by money from the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

“Roads are to be reconstructed in Masvingo as part of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation programme where the government is rehabilitating roads and reconstructing drainages nation-wide.

“There are other roads outside of Masvingo urban which are also going to be reconstructed in Chivi, Zaka Mwenezi, Chiredzi, Bikita and Masvingo Rural. Some of the work is already under way in these areas,” he said.

City of Masvingo Acting Town Clerk Edward Mukaratirwa said there were 15 major roads in Masvingo which were chosen for rehabilitation.

“There are major roads in Masvingo which were chosen for rehabilitation as they were adopted for the purpose of maintenance by the Department of Roads and we grouped the roads into seven groups, and each group has its own contractor,” said Mukaratirwa.

A report recently presented by Dr Sakupwanya shows that in Chiredzi, roads that are going to be repaired are Hippo Valley Old Mill - Show Grounds, Matedzi - Mukadzi, and Triangle-Samba-Nyabongwe.

In Zaka, the Rudhanda - Chipfunde - Svuure Road is going to be re-gravelled while in  Mwenenzi, Rutenga Access Road totalling 31km will undergo pothole-patching. Mateke Road, which is 74km-long and is also in Mwenezi, will undergo similar repairs.

 In Gutu the Chipange Road will have its drainage cleared while the Simbanegavi-Magadzire Road will be graded.

In Bikita, the Silveria-Bikita Road which 26km will be cleared of bush whereas the Lundi-Runesu Road in Chivi will be reconstructed.

In Masvingo Urban, roads in Target Kopje, Zimre Park as well as Manhede St Manhede, Hillside St and Tendai Kubatana will undergo repairs.

Government has taken over the rehabilitation of over 170 roads in urban centres in the country and has launched a deliberate resource-mobilisation strategy meant to urgently address the dilapidated road network.

The District Development Fund (DDF) has already embarked on road rehabilitation across the country and has set aside nearly $238 million for works in Masvingo, Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland West, and Matebeleland South.

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