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HARARE, The government of Zimbabwe intends to set up a fund which will be used to rehabilitate infrastructure when the country is struck by natural or man-made disasters, says Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Savior Kasukuwere.

Zimbabwe has in the past two years had to contend with a drought and heavy flooding, disasters which have caused the loss of both human and animal life. Following a heavy drought last year which left millions requiring food aid, government had to appeal to the international community for drought relief in drought-stricken areas.

The government also had to send an international appeal for assistance following heavy flooding experienced mostly in the southern parts of the country in the last rain season. The flooding resulted in massive destruction of roads and other

infrastructure which require millions of dollars to repair.

Kasukuwere said here Wednesday a fund was necessary to avoid diverting funds meant for other national programmes.

We need to have a contingent fund available. As it stands right now, we end up eating into the national budget, we divert funds which are meant for either health, for other social requirements, education and so forth to try and recover what we would have lost in terms of floods or man-made disasters, he said.

So the agreement is that we must have a standby facility that will complement whatever the international community brings on board, in other words as we receive the support we are getting from other sister countries, other organizations, the United Nations systems for example, the country itself must be able to dip into its own wallet so to speak to finance and rehabilitate the country.

Following the floods, the government said it was mobilizing at least 100 million US dollars for a national emergency road repair programme to repair roads and associated infrastructure countrywide.

As of March, the Treasury had made available 14.5 million of the 100 million USD required for the emergency road repair programme, while the government, through the Zimbabwe National Road Authority, was also trying to get a 50 million USD loan from local banks.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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