THE ZIMBABWE National Road Administration (Zinara) has shifted the deadline to finish rehabilitating the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport road to the end of March, following their failure to meet the first target of December 31.
Zinara blames the failure to meet the deadlines on the incessant rains that pounded the country late last year.
The road authority has been accused of sleeping on duty, resulting in it taking ages to complete the road rehabilitation project it has been in charge of since mid-year 2014.
An employee at Zinara, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said while the issue of rains was being cited as the reason for failure to meet the deadline, lack of funds may have been the real reason.
“The rains might have disturbed production at work, but funds were inadequate, hence the failure to reach the target,” an employee said on condition of anonymity.
“We could foresee that the job was not in any way going to be finished by the end of the year because monetary problems started affecting us way before the rainy season begun, hence the delay.”
Zinara spokesman, Augustine Moyo, could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered. Zinara board chairman Albert Mugabe was recently quoted saying they had initially planned to complete rehabilitation of major roads this March and not the publicised December 31 2014.