Compensation to be paid for properties which will make way for Mbudzi interchange
Harare (New Ziana) – The government has engaged three evaluators to ascertain the value of the 135 properties to be affected by the construction of the Mbudzi Interchange so that it can compensate the owners, an official has said.
Transport and Infrastructure Development permanent secretary Theodius Chinyanga said this during a media tour of the construction site.
The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration organised the tour.
“There are 135 properties which will be affected,” he said.
Chinyanga said the government was negotiating with the individual owners since the properties were different and that it would not impose the compensation amount on owners.
“That is why we have engaged three evaluators, one from the government and two independent. The owners are also free to bring in their own evaluators if they are not happy,” he said.
“We will only disclose the whole amount that we will pay (as compensation) since its public funds.”
Chinyanga said the Mbudzi roundabout would be closed to traffic to enable the contractor to work without disturbance.
Traffic would be diverted to a detour road which has been constructed and is now ready for us.
The interchange will have 14 bridges and is expected to enable smooth flow of traffic in and out of the city along the country’s busiest road.
Project manager Lawrence Mberikwazvo said work on the interchange was 21 percent complete and was progressing well.