HCC, Zinara clash over roads rehabilitation fund

  • Zinara allocation to HCC not enough for roads rehabilitation
  • Roads in Harare deteriorating at alarming rate

SPARKS continue to fly between Harare City Council (HCC) and the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) over disbursement of the ZWL46.5 million meant for roads rehabilitation, Zim Morning Post has learnt.

The roads authority is this year supposed to disburse ZWL46.5 million for the rehabilitation of roads in the capital.

In an interview with Zim Morning Post, Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba said the municipality had last week received ZWL5 million, adding that the ZWL46.5 million total disbursement to it by Zinara was still not enough.

Zinara should cease collecting revenue because if the municipality collects revenue, it would (go a long way towards) rehabilitation (of the roads in the capital).The roads fund we are receiving from Zinara is not enough for roads rehabilitation, because the fund would be disbursed in ZWL5 million trenches per quarter and contractors approved to work with us are yet to be paid by Zinara,” he said.

However, Zinara acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Chigonyati said the road authority has always disbursed money within a short space of time upon receiving HCC’s work plan.

“HCC has been allocated $46 504 212. For 2020, the council has set aside $20 million for routine maintenance which is paid in advance,” he said.

Chingonyati said as of last year, Harare received all its allocated amount ZWL15.1 million for both routine and periodic maintenance in 2019 on time.

He further clarified on the payment methods, saying Zinara did not pay contractors directly, but did so through HCC.

There are reports that the municipality’s failure to revamp and resurface roads had been curtailed by Zinara’s delays in disbursing the roads fund.

The state of roads in Harare is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

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