GOVERNMENT failed to allocate anything for Kunzvi dam and Matabeleland Zambezi Water projects critical for the alleviation of water crisis rocking the cities of Harare and Bulawayo despite s
etting aside $30,9 trillion for infrastructure development in the 2006 budget.
Kunzvi and MZWT projects have been on the cards for the past 10 years but construction has stalled due to lack of funding from government.
Finance minister Herbert Murerwa allocated $2,7 trillion for the construction of roads and bridges in rural areas ahead of the water projects.
“To improve the infrastructure which is supporting the tourism industry, I propose to allocate for the rehabilitation and construction works, $140 billion for the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport and $75 billion for the Harare International Airport.”
Murerwa allocated $1,4 trillion for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges throughout the country.
The money is expected to finance the construction of 94 kilometres of the Bulawayo-Nkayi; Kwekwe-Nkayi-Lupane; Mt Darwin-Mukumbura; Gutu-Kurai; Hwedza-Sadza-Murambinda, and Bindura-Shamva roads.
Murerwa allocated more funds for the construction of bridges at Nyabote, Chiwidze, Munyati, Save Bote, Mukuvisi, Chipangayi, Nyautsa, Nyahonde, Tuli, Dande and Manyame.
He set aside $100 billion under the Rural Capital Development Fund under the Department of Water for borehole, water and sanitation facilities in
at least two districts in every province and funds for boreholes and water sanitation throughout the country.
Under the District Development Fund, he made available $285 billion for borehole drilling in resettlement areas.
An amount of $400,6 billion was set aside for the construction of rural water supplies and $471,5 billion for small irrigation schemes spread throughout the country.