$34bn set aside for roads rehab…‘We’re responsible for own development’ – About Your Online Magazine

President Mnangagwa and his entourage take a walk on the Karanda Bridge after inaugurating the bridge at Mt Darwin, in Central Mashonaland Province, yesterday. – Images: Tawanda Mudimu

Fungi Kwaramba

Political editor

The Government has set aside $ 33.6 billion for the Second Phase of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program (ERRP2) which was officially launched by President Mnangagwa in Mt Darwin, central Mashonaland province yesterday and which will create more than 20,000 jobs across the country. parents.

This comes after a public outcry over the state of the roads that were damaged by the heavy rains that were received across the country during this rainy season.

Addressing a small crowd gathered to witness the commissioning of the Karanda Bridge at Mt Darwin, the president said Zimbabweans are responsible for their own development and the country will develop on its own, without borrowing from anyone.

He said that Zimbabweans will have to work for their dinner and that without working there will be no significant progress needed to achieve Vision 2030.

“This launch is indeed an important milestone, as Zimbabwe moves forward with the modernization of national transport infrastructure, which is a key enabler for economic growth and development,” said President Mnangagwa.

After a public outcry over the state of the country’s roads, the Second Republic, driven by the motto of the president of the servant leadership, decided to start work and ensure that all roads that need rehabilitation are serviced.

“My government heard the cry of our people when the movement on our roads became heavy, expensive and, in fact, risky.

“With that, on February 9, 2021, the Government declared the state of all of our roads to be a National Calamity, driving the operationalization of the Second Phase of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program (ERRP2). This program is vital given that the roads are closely linked to our economy inside and outside the country. In addition, a good transport network is an important cog in achieving a wide range of sector priorities and objectives outlined in the National Development Strategy 1, as we move towards Vision 2030.

“Therefore, my administration remains busy with the provision and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure and other associated services.

“In this sense, US $ 33.6 billion was reserved for the second phase of the emergency road rehabilitation program. The program sets an ambitious but attainable goal of rehabilitating 10,000 km of road infrastructure, of which 1,000 km are in Central Mashonaland Province, ”he said.

The President added that the launch of ERRP2 could not have come at a more opportune moment, since the country is on Sunday marked to celebrate its 41 years of independence with the province of Mashonaland Central having been the birthplace of the Second Chimurenga that culminated in obtaining independence in 1980.

“As a country, we are forever grateful for the losses, sacrifices and sufferings suffered by communities in all provinces, such as those here in the districts of Monte Darwin, Rushinga, Mbire and Muzarabani, during the long years of struggle. Our heroes fought hard so that we can enjoy all the benefits of owning our land, freedom, destiny, as well as economic emancipation and training for a better life for all.

“We, who are alive today, have to see the full realization of his admirable vision. It is this important obligation that inspired my Government under the Second Republic to implement the deconcentration and decentralization agenda with a greater sense of urgency. The whole country suffered the heavy consequences of colonialism, the struggle was ours together and we enjoyed independence together as a people.

“Likewise, our national social and economic development, growth and prosperity must be ours together. While the country begins this particular decade since the achievement of independence, no one and nowhere will be left behind.

“Thank you for this cardinal aspiration, my administration disbursed ZW $ 73.9 million to Mashonaland Central Province, during the first quarter of the year (January to March) to improve service provision, development and equalization projects.

Although Zimbabwe is under punitive economic sanctions, with no access to international loans, the president said that Zimbabweans must move forward, as no one but ourselves can lead the country to economic prosperity.

“The rehabilitation exercise will therefore be financed by our own domestic resources and by the use of our own talented people.

“I urge national road authorities to be focused and objective so that this broad program can be quickly implemented within or before the established deadlines. In addition, I hope that, as we implement this national strategic program, prudent financial management, good corporate governance, responsibility, transparency and cost-effectiveness will continue to be the guiding principles. Corruption in any case will not be tolerated. “

The President, who was accompanied by his Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Minister of State for the Central Province of Mashonaland Cde Monica Mavhunga, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Development Felix Mhona and Minister for Internal Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe also urged government departments to adopt innovative technologies and working models with regard to increasing efficiency and reducing the costs of national infrastructure projects.

“The devolution and decentralization agenda is premised on the need to enable the effective participation of communities in prioritizing, planning, implementing and monitoring development. Thus, the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Program 2 advances this agenda and also offers opportunities for extensive training of local private contractors and suppliers. Phase 2 of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program is planned to create more than 20,000 jobs for local communities, including women and youth. Projects under the auspices of this program must therefore be people-centered, results-oriented and meet the socioeconomic needs of communities, ”he said.

The completion of the Karanda Bridge, said the President, is a demonstration of the Second Republic’s commitment to the rehabilitation and modernization of road infrastructure.

“It will bring relief to passengers in neighboring communities, especially patients who access Karanda Mission Hospital. The project was fully financed by the Treasury with internal resources. This is the approach that my government will continue to use in the future. I ask the beneficiary communities to zealously protect these national goods, ”said the president in warning the illegal miners against hunting for minerals everywhere.

The president also saluted the Church and other stakeholders for their role in national development.

“Allow me to take this opportunity to praise the role of various stakeholders, including the Church; as essential partners for sustainable socio-economic development. The Church’s contribution in particular to national development and the social well-being of citizens is noted and greatly appreciated.

“I applaud the Evangelical Church for the exemplary and renowned health services offered at Hospital Karanda. Its role in complementing the Government in the provision of specialized health services, human capital and skills development, as well as in helping to meet the spiritual needs of patients through devotion, evangelism and counseling is commended. “

Zimbabwe, said the President, is making progress in implementing projects in line with the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan – Vision 2027, which provides for the rehabilitation, construction and maintenance of roads that connect to regional and continental trade corridors.

The rehabilitation and modernization of the Harare Masvingo-Beitbridge road that saw 158 kilometers now open to traffic, as well as the development of the Binga-Karoi road and the Harare-Chirundu, Boli Sango, Mvurwi-Kanyemba roads, among others fall into the category.

Paula Fonseca