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MPS question why Bulawayo Robert Mugabe way is always rehabilitated every year during ZITF





House of Assembly members have questioned the reason why the government resort to spending money in rehabilitating Robert Mugabe Way in Bulawayo every year when President Mugabe is to use it to attend the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair for official opening.

Bulawayo East MP Thabitha Khumalo said she hears the cry of government over shortage of funding but the most surprising thing on roads rehabilitation is that, every time there is the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, Robert Mugabe Way is always resurfaced and road markings are put in place.  

"My question is, if you are saying you have no money, where are you getting this money to resurface this road?  In the whole of Bulawayo, it is the

only road that is being resurfaced when as a country we declared our roads a national disaster.  My question is that; where are they getting the money

and why specifically that road?" she asked.

Deputy Local Government minister Chingosho said the money that was used when they were preparing for the Trade Fair for rehabilitation was from

ZINARA.   He said special authority was given and the council asked for permission to use the funds to prepare that road.

Norton MP Themba Mliswa there is money from Government which should be channeled to local councils but there is a report on local councils by the

Auditor-General.  

"If the report is negative, does the Government continue to give them the 10%?  This is because if the money is given to the councils and they have

not adhered to the recommendations of the Auditor-General, will the Government continue giving them money?" he asked.

"For example, Norton Town Council, the Auditor-General came up with her report and one of his recommendations was that the council was mismanaged.  So, does the Government continue channeling money to councils like that?"

Chingosho said what happens is that policy states that if the council does not abide by the recommendations of the Auditor – General .

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