Harare needs $600m to patch potholes

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) needs approximately $600 million to fix ubiquitous potholes on the capital’s roads, an official has said.

George Munyonga, the city council’s roads operations manager, told the Daily News the roads were in a very bad state hence the refurbishments going on, which have earned community buy-in.

“Most of the roads you may think are good actually need a lot of help,” he said while patching a road in Mufakose.

“There are small cracks that when it rains you will notice them and these need resurfacing. Depending on the size of a pothole, it may cost approximately $5 per square metre to fix, while it would cost $30 000 per tonne of tar for a kilometre stretch of road.”

Enock Mupamawonde, the Ward 35 councillor, said volunteers from the community saw it fit to help in sealing the potholes.

He said motorists have found it a nightmare to navigate the roads to their homes and shopping centres, and as such they have agreed to work together to fill the potholes.

“Perhaps to a certain extent we can improve the quality of life as far as infrastructure is concerned,” Mupawonde said.

“The target was the main roads therefore we started with the road which starts from Spar into other main roads including Mupani and Musasa road all the way to Marimba Police Station.

“Police clearance set us back as we had a clearance for one day and had to wait for that. And we also underestimated the technical process which is involved. The road is now better if council wants to come and patch with tar.”

Mufakose resident Ananias Chakanetsa said the community initiative was necessitated by the dangers the roads posed.

“You can see with the kind of vehicles that are being driven, they are not roadworthy. We have to assess also that not all accidents are caused by recklessness on the part of drivers and overloading but by the condition of our roads.

“We are now requesting for more gravel to fill other spaces on our roads that have patches. Every day we start work on the roads at 8am until 4pm,” Chakanetsa told the Daily News.

Margret Runhare said the onus was now on council to finish off with tar as they had already done part of the work.

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Comments (1)

It isnot about patching up the potholes. It is about re surfacing almost all roads and I am wondering if that can be done with the country almost on its knees finacially.If by the grace of God, we manage to get the required finances, there is need to give the contract to guys who have a track record of road construction and not those we musangano wano gadzira highway road ne badza remunzungu. Wakomana tiri kuita mahumbwe ne nyika yedu iyi.

Mambo - 20 January 2014

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