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Harare City Council says South African company Group Five International did not consult it when it designed the Plumtree-Mutare Highway, resulting in the city fathers failing to highlight the need for some important features that could have been included.

The city’s director of works Engineer Phillip Pfukwa said if they had been consulted in the designing of the road, they could have highlighted the need for roundabouts on some busy roads in the capital among other features.

Eng Pfukwa said this on Thursday last week before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development that was on a familiarisation visit to establish if there was value for money on the $206 million project.

The committee chaired by Chegutu West MP Cde Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF) toured the road and ended up in Harare where they met the city’s mayor Mr Bernard Manyenyeni and senior officials.

Cde Nduna asked if they were consulted in the designing the road.

Eng Pfukwa said while G5 approached them with their plan, the construction firm already had the design.

“It was more of saying this is the design, this is what we are going to do, where are your water pipes and sewer pipes and so forth. But in hindsight, you are always wiser after the event,” said Eng Pfukwa.

Some of the features noted were the need for a roundabout near Kuwadzana Extension, Msasa Bridge and Mabvuku turn-off.

Eng Pfukwa said if Harare City Council was involved in designing the plan, they were going to propose such features like the need for a roundabout on busy roads.

In response, Cde Nduna said while Harare City Council was happy with the work by G5, the situation could have been better if there was consultation.

“The design was thrust upon them,” said Cde Nduna.

G5 was contracted to rebuild the highway from Plumtree to Mutare after Government and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) sealed a $206 million loan. Turning to financial disbursements from the Zinara, Eng Pfukwa said there was need for Harare to get a larger chunk than other cities considering that the capital had higher traffic volumes.

He said while Zinara sometimes gave local authorities equipment and in other instances disbursed cash, their preference would be money.

Eng Pfukwa said receiving money would enable them to apply for loans for capital expenditure on roads against the disbursement from Zinara.

“You can go to a bank and say I am entitled to $10 million every year from Zinara, can I have $300 million. The aantage is that you can do more work. Roads are constructed to last for long periods like 25 years,” Eng Pfukwa said.

Source : The Herald