Home » General » JAPAN GIVES ZIMBABWE 21 MLN USD GRANT FOR HIGHWAY UPGRADING PROJECT

HARARE-- The Japanese government has given Zimbabwe a 21 million US dollars grant for the upgrade and rehabilitation of a 6.5-kilometre stretch of the Makuti-Chirundu highway in Mashonaland West province in northern Zimbabwe.

The stretch of road is the most dangerous with a high number of accidents and is dubbed Wafa-Wafa or Hell's Gate by the local people.

The project, to run between 2019 and 2021, will be implemented by the Department of Roads under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, supervised by Japanese highway engineers.

Under this project, climbing lanes will be constructed on the steep part of the road, alignment of lanes will be improved and sharp bends addressed, which is expected to contribute to smoother, safer traffic flow and a reduction of accidents by over 80 per cent.

Zimbabwe's Finance and Economic Development Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Toshiyuki Iwado and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative in Zimbabwe, Tomohiro Seki, signed the agreement for the project.

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo said the highway was a critical link between Zimbabwe and countries to the north such as Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The road also serves other various economic, social and tourist destinations along the route and gives access to the Mana Pools national park, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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