Story by Mercy Bofu
THE people of Masvingo have applauded the Second Republic for upgrading the Harare-Beitbridge Highway, with the dualisation of the 20km road into and out of Masvingo having eased congestion in the city.
Masvingo Provincial Heads of Departments this Tuesday toured part of the dualised road into Masvingo, along the Harare-Beitbridge highway to appreciate work being done by the Second Republic.
The motoring public applauded the government for the project which they said has reduced congestion while beautifying the Ancient City.
“We are excited about this project which we as motorists feel will reduce the number of accidents along this road,” said one of the motorists told ZBC News.
Another added, “The government is doing well in terms of road rehabilitation and we are looking forward to a completed Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway.”
Masvingo Provincial Roads Engineer, Robert Mukome said of the 294 km road stretch to be upgraded in Masvingo province along Harare Beitbridge Highway, 216 km is now open to traffic.
“We still have about 78 km to go of the 294 to be covered in Masvingo province so that we finish the retrofitting of the existing road and simultaneously dualising the Harare Masvingo and Masvingo Beitbridge link,” he said.
Masvingo province is excited about the project under the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) which will improve business within the area.
“As a province, we are excited about what the government is doing for us. We are looking forward to improved business after finishing this road which links us as a nation to South Africa and Zambia,” said Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honorable Ezra Chadzamira.
The upgrading of the Harare-Beitbridge highway is among the Second Republic’s flagship projects as the country moves towards attaining an upper middle-income society by 2030.