THE cash-strapped Zimbabwe government has splashed millions of dollars in Chinhoyi to spruce up the town’s roads and infrastructure ahead of the Zanu PF annual conference next month.
After pleading bankruptcy several times and failing to provide essential service delivery, the government has injected capital through the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) towards resurfacing of major roads, while works are also underway at Chinhoyi University of Technology which will host the Zanu PF indaba from December 10 to 15.
Chinhoyi mayor Test Michaels confirmed that the government was funding most of the projects underway in the town.
“We approached central government for assistance and thankfully they asked Zinara to foot the bill for the road maintenance,” Michaels said. “The municipality was responsible for maintaining the roads in the high-density suburbs and some feeder roads on the periphery of the CBD (central business district) and we are hopeful the projects will be completed in the next two weeks.”
Hosting the Zanu PF annual conferences has proven in the past to be the easiest way for many local authorities to access easy and quick funding for capital projects.
Zinara contracted Bitumen to resurface nearly 10 kilometres of the Harare-Kariba highway starting at the Manyame Bridge to Mapako Phase II just before the Caves Motel, a three-kilometre loop road from Orange Grove Motel to the Chinhoyi state house, the main streets in the town’s CBD, the road in Mapako leading to the governor’s residence and all roads within the university grounds where the main conference will be held.
Meanwhile, a Chinese company was contracted to set up temporary structures to host the conference plenary meetings at the Chinhoyi University of Technology grounds.
The company is setting up a prefabricated structure similar to the one used for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly held in Victoria Falls in August.
The annual gathering is hosted on a provincial rotational basis.
Last year Zanu PF forked out US$6 million, which reportedly came from the Chinese, to construct the Gweru conference centre, situated 15 kilometres outside the city centre along the Gweru-Mvuma highway. The facility is now a white elephant as it lies idle after the conference.