Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has announced major construction plan for road in Zimbabwe that will cost approximately $2 billion.
He said that construction works on the Harare-Beitbridge and Harare-Chirundu roads will start soon adding that the government had acquired a financier for the project which will be done at a cost of approximately $2 billion.
Mugabe said this during Zimbabwe’s 36th Independence celebrations on Monday at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.
Though he did not disclose the time as to when the project would commence, He said government had identified a contractor for the project
“Our government has found a contractor for the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu roads,” Mugabe said.
The two high ways have been death spots for a long time recording dozens of accidents every year and claiming more lives as compared to any other major roads in the country.
Mugabe added that the Harare-Mutare, Harare-Bulawayo and Bulawayo Plumtree roads projects had been completed successfully in addition to upgrading of other minor roads that is currently underway throughout the country.
“I am told the dualisation project of the Harare-Airport road has been successfully completed as other roads are on course to be upgraded,” Mugabe told the thousands who came to witness the occasion.
Most of the roads in Zimbabwe, both urban and rural, have been in a deplorable state since the country attained independence in 1980 as a result of poor management and corruption.
Several roads across the country including those in the cities have man potholes and several have been completely washed away by rains.
As a result of the expansion of the capital city, several of the roads in new suburbs built in recent years have yet to be tarred.
Delivering his speech, President Mugabe promised to clear all of the country’s outstanding debt in addition to improving the working conditions of civil servant.
Mugabe’s administration has been failing to pay debts that have accumulated to billions of US dollars and recently, many businesses have closed down due to the liquidity crunch haunting the country.