By David Adin
THE District Development Fund (DDF) is rehabilitating nearly 2400km of its road network across Mashonaland Central Province before the start of the farming season.
Most of the roads in question serve mainly rural communities, linking them to public institutions, such as hospitals, and main roads to markets, enabling easier access and movement for farmers when transporting their farm inputs or taking their produce to markets.
Molly Shonhiwa, the DDF Mashonaland Central co-ordinator told Nehanda Guardian, last week that so far they had rehabilitated 1 200km of the road network.
“DDF is working in line with President E D Mnangagwa’s thrust to improve roads infrastructure so as to smoothen the movement of people in the province.
“We have to maintain all road networks every year in the province and we are hopeful by December we would have worked on the whole network. So far, we have completed 1 200km out of 2 400km, but we are hoping to complete by the end of this year.
“We have managed to re-gravel Pfochora-Kemutamba road (7km) in Guruve and Fume-Mushumbi road (10km). We are also working on Nyakasikana-Masango road (17km) to link Karanda Mission Hospital, Centenary-Muzarabani road, which links Chimoio, which is now 50 percent complete and Nzou-Mvunda Bridge, and Mwanza-Mutamba Bridge, which is at the procurement stage.
“We are really making all our efforts to ensure all roads are maintained and we are also dealing with performance-based contracts to ensure best ever constructed roads,” she said.
While speaking in Mt Darwin, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Monica Mavhunga, said that this was based on Vision 2030, which seeks to leave no one and no place behind.
“A good road network is key to economic development and contributes to the attainment of Vision 2030. Without a good road network, it will be impossible to realise Vision 2030,” she said.
She, however, blasted the European Union and the United States of America for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe.
She called every Zimbabwean to play his/her party towards the country’s development.