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‘Potholes Zinara’s responsibility’

By Helen Kadirire

The patching of potholes is Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara)’s responsibility and not Harare City Council (HCC)’s, mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has said.

He told a full council meeting at Town House on Monday that the local authority must not be burdened with the obligation, as it was getting meagre amounts from the roads funds administrator.

“Residents should direct their complaints on potholes and poor roads to Zinara and not HCC. We should be getting about $40 million per year from Zinara for road maintenance but they are only remitting $1 million which is not enough for standard repairs,” he said.

“Zinara should take full responsibility and blame for the poor state of Harare’s roads,” Manyenyeni said.

Harare’s 6 000-kilometre road network is potholed after having gone for nearly two decades without any meaningful maintenance.

Ideally, roads require maintenance after every two or three years following construction.

The key infrastructure must be resealed after five years while an overlay must be done after seven years to ensure safety.

According to HCC’s director of works, Phillip Pfukwa, council requires $24 million for the procurement of road maintenance equipment and public lighting.

“The roads condition was such that 25 percent of the network required rehabilitation while 75 percent was in need of preventative maintenance measures,” he said.

“The only meaningful procurement of construction assets was in 1993 through proceeds from the World Bank loan.

“With the adoption of the multi-currency system in 2009, the city’s primary focus had been the provision of potable water and solid waste management.”

Combined Harare Residents Association has also blamed the poor state of Harare’s roads on Zinara, arguing that since it took over roads administration, the city has been losing millions of dollars in revenue annually.

According to a council engineer, depending on the size of a pothole, it may cost approximately $5 per square metre to fix, while it would cost $30 000 per tonne of tar for a kilometre stretch of road. Daily News

  • “: ‘Potholes Zinara’s responsibility’ – https://t.co/9iTyIJ8BtB https://t.co/msVFS7DBYS” All they do is blaming each other..

  • since govt can’t mobilise the funds why not turn to a BOT approach to resuscitate road network

  • Patching not necessary and waste of resources but to rather re-do the roads afresh.

  • stadiums,roads.schools,hospitals hapana chiri nani asi kutenga zvombo zvehondo ndozvenyu

  • Ko Harare city council ine matoll gate here?handiti ndee Zinara

  • Yaaa he is right even in jozi its JRA

    • Wrong…JRA is a branch of the City of Johannesburg..they are responsible for roads in the city…. while SANRAL is responsible for the national roads (highways)

    • True story Macdonald Ndoro. Mari irikudyiwa full stop and now vakunakurirana nyoka mhenyu

  • Varikuendesa mari kuSingapore vanambwa ava nxaaaaaaaaa

  • Infrastructure development, factual or actual ???

  • Is this the Zimbabwe we got in 1980 from the colonialists with such roads?

  • Gegegeee panoda patching here APA kana kutotanga road patsva

  • These are not potholes but leprosy

  • Well Zinara is busy dishing out the toll money to some fat gvt minister

  • I wish Smith and Rhodesia stayed for another 2 decades, we would be better off today than Zimbabwe under this baboon called Mugabe and his troop of monkeys in his cabinet.

  • How can you patch a gratter?

  • But City council ndooinosiya ya boora boora road paya paino repair ma burst water and sewer pipes.Kanzuru ngaigadzire road.

  • Eish

  • mari kumaRing nemaMansion nemazishopping nekunorapisa nemaholiday anaChatunga.

  • Ichiri road here iyo

  • Panoda resurfacing apa kwete pothole patching , hapana zveroad apa .

  • This will take decades to heal

  • Worst government administration in history!

  • I dont think zinara even own a wheelbarrow and a shovel though

  • I bet all money collected goes towards salaries.

  • Ndozvakaita kuDomboshava kubva pa Showground kunosvika kuBindura via Makumbe”zvinonzwisa tsitsi “

  • Zimbabwe needs another 36 years to get back to normal

  • Musha uya wamaichemera… Hona waita mamvemve… Sing

  • pangad patching here apo kana overhaul.

  • looking at the condition of that road patching it just a waste of time. When it rains the patches come off.

  • I just wish the return of the white regime. The roada will be unique, no unnecessary road blocks. In fact everything will be in order. This is not kusunungura nyika as most of you said. You fight Smith to make this country like this and what you were fighting for was to have freedom of walking in first street only. Surely this is bullshit of our own black regime who are hungry of power and money. I think we are now the poorest country here in Africa we are even failing to have our own currency. Kukundwawo nana chimwene chimwene chaivo vamunoti mabharanzi uuuum zvanyanya izvi, varungu ngavadzoke zvavo hapana chakashata.

    • Regime yapinda papi zinara n mayor ndovarikutaurwa wakutaura zvaSmith unomuziva ?

    • Regine is the poison whites were better of

  • That’s funny black society can not manage money and resources whites built for you ,what did you do ,destroy ::yes destroy what has develop since your so called freedom ,just bring back the whites and rebuilt your country for 36 years this is the results very sad

  • Tirikuzvitonga musha vamachemera hona vaita mavhevhe tinobva tafunga Thomas mapfumo prophet ayiwona murume uyu

  • Shame. Cry my beloved Zimbabwe

  • seriously! is this e tym yekukandirana nyoka mhenyu?

  • Shuwa Are we that Broke kuti we cant patch maPotholes???Lets be serious about Developing Our Society Guys

  • Imali yamatoll gate iyaphi??

  • Mike Dunn

    Is that a road?

  • We are better of going all gravel😂😂😂