Harare City Council is reviewing its systems to ensure swift payment of road contractors. It seems that workers in its Works Department were demanding kickbacks to process payments to firms repairing the city’s roads.
This, of course, delayed roadworks as the companies downed tools owing to non-payment. This left roads in a sorry state with heaps of gravel evident on long stretches and in some cases partially blocking vehicles.
The companies were contracted to rehabilitate roads under the $17 million Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme and the city processes their papers for onward payment by Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara).
Environment Management Committee chairperson Councillor Herbert Gomba yesterday said the city resumed roadworks which included resealing, pothole patching and reconstruction following payment to some contractors.