By ZBC Reporter
LOCAL contractors have being shortlisted to undertake road rehabilitation works in a move expected to save foreign currency for the country.
The country’s road network was earlier this year declared by cabinet a state of disaster following damage by heavy rains.
The move therefore resulted in the mobilisation of funds towards repair of the damaged roads.
Zimbabwe Building and Contractors Association Senior Vice President Mr Petros Kagwere reveals local firms are being roped in.
“We have been notified by the relevant authorities regarding an invitation of tenders to participate in the reconstruction of the damaged roads further details shall be outlined in the next few weeks,” he said.
A building contractor Mr Cardmiel Mhike highlights the importance of locals participation in the infrastructure development of the country.
“The contractors are ready to work with the government in ensuring an efficient rehabilitation programme for Zimbabwe is attained,’’ he said.
According to economist Mr John Robertson, adequate capital mobilisation will key in the upgrading of road infrastructure.
“It requires more money but we are just hopeful that as we get more resources then the programme can really be a success depending on the availability of money,” he said.
The government has initiated an emergency road rehabilitation programme that spells out guidelines on the works from the initial stages until completion.
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