Government intensifies infrastructure development

Staff Reporter

Government has intensified infrastructure development across the country in a bid to make Vision 2030 a reality.

Speaking during the 17th Post-Cabinet brief yesterday in Harare, Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Jenfan Musvere said that the Government’s Enhanced Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Programme was going a long way in building the infrastructure and roads that were dilapidated through negligence by local authorities.

“The nation will recall that Government embarked on the Enhanced Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Programme to provide relief to distressed households in dysfunctional, illegal and irregular settlements, including those settled on wetlands and flood-prone areas. The Programme is also constructing and rehabilitating the country`s road infrastructure following those in urban areas,” he said

He reiterated that tough actions were going to be taken on land and space barons.

“Furthermore, robust action is being taken on land and space barons. A Taskforce is in place to deal with the land barons, which has been directed to accelerate the apprehension and prosecution of culprits,” said Minister Musvere.

The Minister advised the public that construction works, on the funded four blocks of flats at Dzivarasekwa, which are being constructed to house relocated households, stands at 58.33 percent completion.

He added that there were also four blocks of flats that were currently under construction at the Senga Messenger`s Camp in Gweru while other four blocks were also under construction in Marondera.

Minister Musvere announced that the Government has also mapped urban settlements against approved layout in order to pave way for the issuance of title deeds to deserving beneficiaries.

 “Cabinet is pleased to announce that mapping of Caledonia, Hopley, Cowdry Park, Gimboki (Mutare), Karoi and Victoria Ranch (Masvingo) has been completed, while the mapping of Eye Court Farm is underway,” he said.

The Minister, further highlighted that the Emergency Road Rehabilitation 2 (ERRP 2), was progressing well. He added that the ERRP programme dovetails with the Government`s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind in terms of development.

Meanwhile, the Government has so far spent over $1 billion on road rehabilitation, gravelling and drainage structuring as part of the Second Republic`s ERRP2 launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa early last year.