RESIDENTS in Harare are concerned there is no balance between maintenance of major roads and roads in residential areas.
Under the $421.6 billion National Budget presented by Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, support towards roads amounts to $31.6 billion.
And while there has been major works on major roads in the country, overseen by ZINARA, the same cannot be said for roads in residential areas, with City of Harare in particular indicating they will act only when funds are availed.
Indications are a lot of holes in the system must be covered before the issues of potholes in residential areas can come to an end.
“They need to consider residential places, in the ghettos, because one would find out that there are lots of dusty roads with potholes (as compared to major roads),” said Rumbidzai Mateura from Warren Park.
Government has been applauded for the work done in major highways so far while residential areas’ roads have become an eyesore.
With the coming of the rains, fears are the situation could get worse.
Harare City council spokesperson Michael Chideme said they will fulfill their role once “disbursement of funds by ZINARA takes place”.
“After the calculations are made, we will take our role,” he said, adding that apart from the issues of roads, focus is on the drainage systems in the city, a perennial problem for residents.
In the past, councils have been under fire for failure to give proper service delivery to residents by aligning their policies with national policies.
The 2021 budget presented on Thursday comes at the back of a new blue print, National Development Strategy, which takes over from the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).