Mayor scoffs at Zinara funding

  • Zinara allocation to HCC not enough for roads rehabilitation
  • Contractors are not yet paid by Zinara

THE HARARE mayor Herbert Gomba on Monday fired a salvo at the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) over the availability of road rehabilitation fund.

This comes at a time when sparks continue to fly between Harare City Council (HCC) and Zinara over disbursement of the ZWL46.5 million meant for roads rehabilitation, Zim Morning Post has learnt.

In an interview with this publication, Gomba said Zinara disbursements are n quarterly basis and not even enough for the intended use.

“The Zinara Chief must be clear and must not seek to give inconclusive answers, is it not true they intended to give us ZWL5 million on a quarterly basis and are yet to,” he said.  

Gomba said the ZWL 20 million which yet to be released is not adequate to cover all the city council needs in terms of road maintenance.

“He (Zinara boss) said $20 million is meant for routine road maintenance, true but has it been released to council and is he ready to show this publication the proof of transfers.”

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 ZWL46 504 212. For 2020, the council has set aside ZWL20 million for routine maintenance which is paid in advance,” he said.

Chingonyati said as of last year, Harare received its entire allocates amount of 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.