Govt accused of abandoning Gwanda projects

FORMER Gwanda deputy mayor Petros Mukwena has accused government of deliberately failing to complete the construction of most of its buildings in the Matabeleland South provincial capital, forcing workers to discharge their duties in structures unfit for human use.

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Mukwena cited the magistrates’ court complex which has remained uncompleted since 2006.

“We are not impressed by the way government is handling our projects in Gwanda which should have been completed a long time ago. It’s not the magistrates’ court only, even the Joshua Mqabuko College is not complete. There are a lot of phases which must be done,” Mukwena said.

“The court was meant to be completed during the Zimdollar era and after they failed due to hyperinflation, the government should have done something during this multi-currency era.”

Matabeleland South provincial administrator Midard Khumalo declined to comment referring questions to the Local Government ministry director of public works only identified as Ncube.

Ncube said they were waiting for the government to avail funds for unfinished projects.

“As for the completion of the court building, our architect in Harare is the one who knows when the project is likely to be completed because we work with what we get,” he said.

Some of the facilities that missed their construction deadlines in the Matabeleland region include the Joshua Mqabuko International Airport and the Elitsheni Government Complex in Lupane, among others.

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