Urban tolling a necessary evil: Kasukuwere

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By Farayi Machamire

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has insisted that urban tollgates “are a necessary evil”, vowing to go ahead with construction of the plazas, despite fierce resistance by motorists.

Saviour Kasukuwere
Saviour Kasukuwere

This comes as Transport minister Jorum Gumbo has distanced himself from the proposed urban tollgates, saying if they are to be put in place, they are the responsibility of Kasukuwere’s ministry.

“There is that thought that urban tolling should be done but it is not done by my ministry.  If there should be urban tolling it is done by the ministry of Local Government.  The ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development does not deal with what happens in municipalities,” Gumbo told Parliament early this month.

“Whatever happens in municipalities, the potholes that you see in the towns are not our responsibility. Our responsibilities are outside the towns….it is not my baby but that of the minister of Local Government,” he said.

But, Kasukuwere told parliamentarians last week that there is no going back on urban tollgates, saying plans are at an advanced stage to install the urban plazas soon.

“I think urban tolling is a necessary evil. We have to fix the roads,” he said.

“I think it is more expensive to repair a broken tyre than to pay a dollar or 0, 50 cents (toll fee). We think if we can work hard for us to have better roads which we can maintain going forward.  It will be in our best interest.”

Kasukuwere admitted that not enough had been done for the public to understand the motives behind urban tolling.

“What has been happening is that we have not articulated why we need urban tolls,” the Zanu PF political commissar said.

Motorists argue that while they are overburdened with road taxes and highway toll fees, road construction and rehabilitation remains a pipe-dream.

But Kasukuwere maintains the introduction of urban tollgates will resolve the issue of the dilapidated roads.

“We had discussions with…Gumbo and have seen how the tolls in this country have actually helped the maintenance of most of our major road networks, hence we have also analysed and said in the urban centres, perhaps three quarters of the vehicles are not even paying for using the roads,” he said.

“Secondly, when you set up these toll gates, who are going to be the authorities? The Transport minister is in charge, overall, of that policy which looks at the tolling, but because he can delegate that authority, we have discussed that that can be delegated to our local authorities.”

Kasukuwere added:  “Our local authorities must collect and maintain the road network.  If it is not them, if it is Zinara, whoever at the point we complete this exercise is going to be charged with the responsibility; they must use the money to fix and mend roads.” Daily News

  • Saga ngaatange agadzirisa migwagwa yazara madhamu ozofunga magedhe ake iwawo

  • These leaches should be voted out to stop them from draining people from their hard earned money

  • Plazas? Say booms. They failed to build plazas kuhighway vozovaka mutown manje. Just copying things from SA then do sub standard in Zim just to take money from suffering pple.

  • Aaaah nhai Zim ichiri nyika yedu here kana kuti yatova nevaridzi

  • These baboons need to be killed

  • Just another burden on the already suffering masses to sustain the lives of the fat cats !!!Pathetic to say the least.

  • eyissh havana tsitsi,,,, vakuda kamari kadiki diki katasarawo nako ikaka futi

  • Asi ava kupenga

  • yaaa hezvo vezanu mune dzimota zim asset yauya iyo by ginya

  • Buffoons , vashaya manje, kuita here uko , kuda kukokotedza bhodoro risisina kana dovi.

  • Yaa mari haigutwe zvokwadi. Min of youth and youth fund yakarohwa achiisa tufanha twake anatongi apa achaitwa futi youth secretary kutollgate futi . . . ho ho ho ho dee rega uone

  • Iyi imbavha hama dzangu. Musaterere munonyura

  • I love my country but if its raising cash for state let it be transparent and let it go to gvt coffers and zimra manages it. At least Mrs Willia akuzama kwaari not vana Zinara and Saviour vanotopisa pamascandals vachingosiiwa. Used to respect that guy but uuumh mari havaneti nawo macdes aya haaa

  • Ma poteholes first!!!!

  • ….. they will be controlled by Zhanu youthiez

  • They always force things on us, which they say are,”necessary evil” and this Includes Bob himself!

  • Imbavha idzi,havasisina basa nevanhu

  • Please think this one out. Management of resources is the problem here. Collecting more money will create more loopholes

  • Deir bellies will never fill-up just want to milk us dry. Life is good for dem n still need more for flights from us. Eating for us from us

  • These guys can never fleece the citizen enough can they??

  • its because they dnt pay the toll fees, only us the poor, do so

  • So that they can loot more money,, first repair the tolled highways and we just might think you are not smoking something devilish,,,,,

  • Zvamurimi mazimbabweans nefundo yenyu yekuwanda mubvume tsvina idzodzi.Moti matoll gates muhighway moti matoll gates ezrp moti emutown ahh zvimwe munarambawo

  • Yah! People are being pushed through the wall left right and centre.

  • only necessary evil, is funding the evil, this devil is stealing your money