THE billion-dollar dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge-Chirundu road is expected to create some 330,000 casual jobs and all the labourers will be recruited through Zanu PF structures, a government minister has said.
Masvingo provincial affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa revealed the government decision during a recent Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting held at Victoria Primary School.
As the country faces a crunch vote next year, the ruling Zanu PF party has faced criticism for failing to deliver on a promise to create 2.2 million new jobs when it won the last elections in 2013.
In November last year, the government signed agreement last year with the Austrian constructor Geiger International and China Harbour engineering company (CHEC) for the $2.3 billion road dualisation projects.
The work is expected to start next month and take up to three years. The project will be implemented in two phases starting with the Harare-Beitbridge road at a cost of $988 million.
“Recruitment of general laborers should be done through local Zanu PF leadership, we need to screen and take our people only,” Mahofa said.
“District chairpersons should have lists of party cadres so that when the programme starts, you are ready with the names of our youths.
“This is what we agreed as the leadership of the province.”
The Joice Mujuru-led opposition National People’s Party’s (NPP) provincial chairman Oliver Chirume condemned Mahofa’s remarks, saying politicisation of development “is what has destroyed the country”.
“The problem with Zanu PF is that it cannot separate government from party activities, hence the decay in the country. There should be no politicisation of development as this will scare away investors,” said Chirume.
“This approach is un-Zimbabwean; one should not get a job through a political party. This is not what the people died for during the war of liberation; they died for true democracy.”
Meanwhile speaking at the Zimbabwe International Business Conference in Bulawayo on Wednesday, vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said work on the project work start in the first weeks of May.
“In the first or second week of May, the President (Robert Mugabe) will be launching or groundbreaking the commencement of the construction or the dualisation of road from Beitbridge to Harare to Chirundu,” said Mnangagwa