TSHOLOTSHO South National Assembly member Zenzo Sibanda (Zanu PF) has bemoaned the poor state of the Bulawayo-Tsholotsho Road saying it is increasingly becoming dangerous for travellers.
Sibanda called on the government to provide funds to repair the road and improve the road network within Tsholotsho.
“The Bulawayo-Tsholotsho Road is so bad that some transport operators are now shunning the route,” he said in an interview in Tsholotsho.
“The road, besides being a strip for many years, has over the time developed potholes making it extremely difficult for drivers to navigate it. We now fear an increase in the number of accidents as vehicles negotiate their way around potholes.”
Sibanda said the heavy rains that pounded the area leading to flooding in some parts of Tsholotsho had also worsened the state of the road.
“The rains have caused further damage to the already pathetic road. Intervention is needed urgently and we are calling on the government to repair the road,” he said.
“A good road network is one of the key elements that determine development in any area.”
Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Obert Mpofu has proposed an increase in tollgates as a way of addressing the poor state of roads countrywide.
Mpofu said the money generated at the tollgates would be channelled towards the repair of the roads.
However, some have opposed urban tollgates saying it would overburden citizens who are reeling under economic hardships.
— Radio Dialogue