Mpofu to assess roads damage

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TRANSPORT and Infrastructure Development minister Obert Mpofu has revealed that he would conduct a tour of provinces to assess the damage heavy rains caused on the country’s roads.

NDUDUZO TSHUMA
STAFF REPORTER

Mpofu said this in the National Assembly while responding to Zanu PF Zaka Central MP Paradzai Chakona who had asked what the government was doing to repair roads after the rainy season.

Chakona said most roads, especially in rural areas, had seriously been affected by the heavy rains and wanted to know what preparations the Zimbabwe National Road Authority, District Development Fund (DDF) and Rural District Councils had done to repair the roads.

“I want to thank the honourable member for his question, which is a question being asked by most members from various constituencies. What I want to say to the member is that there are a lot of rains; they are not over yet,” Mpofu said.

“We have directed that all our road engineers in provinces take stock of the damage that has been caused by the incessant rains in the respective areas on infrastructure, roads and bridges for us to plan for the repairs of the damage.

“I will be taking a tour of the provinces in liaison with the Ministers of State responsible for provinces to have an on-the-spot appreciation of the damage before we deal with the situation if funding is available.”

Mpofu said he was aware of the massive destruction of the road infrastructure throughout the country as a result of the incessant rains.

“So this is a matter which is of concern to us and we are dealing with it,” he said.

Briefing Edgars Stores management during a handover of 400 blankets for Tsholotsho flood victims last month, Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Cain Mathema said the heavy rains had destroyed small bridges in some parts of the province.

He said besides Tsholotsho, other districts like Binga, Umguza and Nkayi had been adversely affected by the heavy rains.