Government, through the Treasury funding, will fund Zimbabwe’s largest provision of transport, plant and equipment, CMED Pvt Ltd in order to use its state-of-the-art equipment on projects under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.
During the rainy season, incessant rains that poured worsened the state of the roads in the country leading to the action of resource mobilisation by the government.
Last month, the cabinet approved a US$400 million Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme with an initial US$80 million set aside for emergency road works covering 60 days.
Speaking at the post cabinet media briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the planning team has now compiled a compendium of all road projects to be implemented by each Road Authority, province by province.
“Cabinet was informed that CMED Pvt Ltd will be funded by Treasury funding in order to use its state-of-the-art equipment on projects under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme. The equipment includes three new graders, tippers, road reclaimers and heavy-duty flatbed trucks.CMED’s Civil Construction Unit formed in 2020 has completed rehabilitation works spanning 42 kilometres,” she said.
Mutsvangwa added that the selection of roads to be taken over from Local Authorities by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has started. The selection of contractors for Harare and other cities and towns has also started.
“As soon as Treasury fulfils its pledge and releases the financial resources, CMED will soon deploy its teams, starting with Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces. The entity can also take up other roads across the provinces,” she added.
A survey by BusinessMail has shown that early this month CMED Pvt Ltd started using its equipment and staff members to work on closing potholes along Seke road.
Immediate emergencies in Headlands in Manicaland, Musavezi Bridge along the Shurugwi-Mhandamabwe road in Midlands Province, and bridges in Siakobvu in Mashonaland West are being addressed through the necessary restorative works, and the contractors are already on site.
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