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Government Fails To Pay Contractors Under Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme

Government Fails To Pay Contractors Under Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme

The government has failed to pay contractors under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) for the past five months, slowing down the road rehabilitation initiatives.

The government launched ERRP in 2021 after President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the country’s roads a national disaster.

A follow-up Statutory Instrument (SI) 47 of 2021 was later gazetted, empowering the Transport and Infrastructural Development ministry to authorise the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) to source funding for road rehabilitation.

At a dinner held in Gweru on Friday, Transport deputy minister Mike Madiro said:

I think it is important to understand the revenue flow pattern of government. Every end of year there are shutdowns, so in the first quarter there are dribs and drabs, but in the second quarter at least things start to flow. That needs to be recognised given the pressures which are on the government first.

However, some contractors told NewsDay Zimbabwe that they feared that they would receive their money when it had already lost value to inflation. The publication sites an anonymous contractor as saying:

We find ourselves being paid late the money that we were supposed to be paid in January. This has reduced the value of our salary by a third.

It means if we were supposed to be paid US$150 000 equivalent, we are now being paid US$50 000. This money was supposed to be paid five to six months ago.

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube recently said the government was planning to pay contractors 50 per cent of their receipts in United States dollars, and the other half in local currency.

In February, ZINARA said it was setting aside $17 billion for the ERRP programme this year. The roads authority disbursed $6 billion to local authorities in the first quarter of the year.

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15 Comments

dubbie 1 week ago

vote for CCC for real change


Asalif 1 week ago

a bunch of these companies are incompetent especially that one called CMED Construction ZINARA should not pay them until they do a tangible job


Mai Ro 1 week ago

Do we have a government in the first place? No, we dont have a gvmnt here in zim, we makeshift khiya-khiya mafia which tries to call itself an administration. There is no gvnmnt anywhere in this world that habours and defend criminals who ahduct, torture, rape, kill, intimidate its own citizens. Hatina hurumende muno, tine zvigebenga , tirikutongwa nembavha.


Zuze 1 week ago

Pengai Mai Ro,
Pengai Mai Sorobhi!!!!

muthuli ncube 1 week ago

ndakauya kuzokutaridzai gwara remusngano neteam rankue ini mhuri 6ankue iri kuchando atifambe nemaroads enyu usi touya tofara muhotera inobhadharwa ma USA toenda nendege torapiwa kuchando vana very vanodzidza kuchando atidye zvekupara semwi muchakaura maticha manurse madoctor manurse mukai mumwe Doro kqq muchida USA nderedu ISU first class citizens
garai nekanyika kenyu akuna akakurambidza kubudawo kuenda kuchando

kuno titoriwo pabasa
atizvigone zvenyu izvi pedzeranai mega regai timbodyawo dzemarema

Moti nick mangwana anopenga here regai tidyewo nyika rutivi tisu tingadii muchamuka


kuwadzana 1 week ago

kuwadzana round about yaramba kupera
ma quarry Stone arikutobiwa hawo usiku .
cry my beloved Zimbabwe


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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 week ago

Okay ndosaka ndakaona kuBinga kurikugadzirwa road kusina chinofamba kuda mari nhai 🤔 ndakaenda ndikazodzokera after 30 days ndikaona pasina change but ma trucks nema earth movers zvingoriko pa site.

nguva yatava yakuda kuti tishandire chikafu gore rino harina kumira mushe...


Swagger 1 week ago

Great dyke musaipe mari,kubika mbodza ye tara road yavakaita kunge yane 30years yagadzirwa kuno kuchegutu


Budaz 1 week ago

please contractor akaisa a wasteful road resurfacing from Budiriro turn off to Budiriro 2 don't pay that contractor ngaadzoje Aite basa chairo kwete kuisa floor polish yeoil muroad


sugar boy 1 week ago

even thoz contractors are useless.why they work for government which is failing to pay its workers


dispenser 1 week ago

This Gvt have money to buy fire fighter's of millions of dollars , failing to pay someone who have done the job 150 000thousand


BABA VA BLUE💙 1 week ago

Haaa matu zvi chaiwo basa kutinyaudza pama radio manje hokoyoyi na nero it ain't gon be mdhara achauyaa no more it gon be nero akuuya


povho yaramba 1 week ago

@vybez kartel mutoriro unotorohwa nevarakashi semwi vasinei neupenyu hwavo vanongoda Mari yekuvhara vanhu vasaziva chokwadi chete

VYBZ KARTEL 1 week ago

Usamwe mtoriro


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