Vandals damaging newly constructed roads

by | Dec 1, 2021 | Crime & Courts, Local News | 0 comments

 

Nevanji Chiondegwa

The ongoing Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP2) is under threat from criminal elements who are sabotaging the works through acts of vandalism.

This was revealed by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare yesterday, who said that the banditry is part of a bid to discredit Government projects.

Minister Mutsvangwa said; “It has also come to the attention of Cabinet that some criminal elements are clandestinely damaging road works carried out under the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme 2, apparently to discredit Government efforts. Law enforcement agents have therefore intensified efforts to arrest the culprits and bring them to book.”

Minister Mutsvangwa said besides the obstacles, the works are continuing unabated.

“The Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme 2 (ERRP2 ) continues to register tangible milestone, as evidenced by the observable Road rehabilitation activity on the ground,” she said.

She listed ongoing projects which include Masiyephambili Drive in Bulawayo which was rehabilitated and resealed, Seke Road which saw rehabilitation and resurfacing, construction of Nyamakata Bridge and a high level dual carriageway structure in Burma Valley in Manicaland Province.

Other roads which were worked on include the Glendale-Chiweshe in Mashonaland Central, Battlefields-Turf Road in Mashonaland West, the Jopa-Kopa Road which was recently commissioned by President Mnangagwa, and many other projects nearing completion across the country.