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The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) is a Zimbabwean government department under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Once led by Felix Mhona, in 2021 the Board Chair was Michael Madanha and CEO was Nkosinathi Ncube. Its key mandate is to ensure the maintenance of the country's roads including the major highways.

Contact Details

Physical address: Zinara House, Stand No. 489, Runiville, Glenroy Crescent, Highlands, Harare Telephone: 0242 442711-3, 0242 442783, 08677 007 463/4

Background

ZINARA as a body was established in terms of the road act (chapter 13:18). It was established in 2002 with the aim of enhancing road network system throughout the country. Its core business, in consultation with the minister of transport, communication and infrastructural development is fixing road user charges and collect such charges or any other revenue of the road fund.[1]

Functions

  • In consultation with the Minister and the responsible Minister of Finance, to fix road user charges and to collect such charges or any other revenue of the Road Fund.
  • To assist the Minister in setting maintenance, design, construction and technical standard and to monitor adherence to such standards by Road Authorities.
  • To allocate and disburse to road authorities funds from the Road Fund in accordance with rules prescribed by the Road Administration.
  • To audit the use of funds from the Road Fund by the Authorities and to ensure that disbursed funds are utilised for the purpose for which they are intended and in accordance with rules prescribed by the Road Administration.
  • To monitor implementation of road maintenance works by Road Authorities.
  • To assist Road Authorities in making annual or multi-year road maintenance rolling plans.[2]

Organisation Structure

ZINARA is run under the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development.

ZINARA Board 2021

ZINARA Executive 2021

Events

Projects

Since its establishment in 2002, ZINARA has:

Maintenance of:

Other major roads refurbishments which were started in 2012:

  • Masvingo-Bubi
  • Chivi-Mupandawana
  • Chivhu-Gutu-Chatsworth

In the Midlands Province:

  • Kadoma-Empress Mine
  • Mberengwa-West Nicholson [3]

First toll plaza:

  • 2013, ZINARA also facilitated the establishement of the country's first toll plaza in Bulawayo. The first toll plaza was commissioned on 10 April 2013, about 16 kilometres from Bulawayo. [4]

In Mashonaland East:

  • Harare-Chivhu
  • Chivhu-Nyazura

In Mashonaland West:

In Mashonaland Central Province:

In Manicaland Province:

In the second half of 2014, ZINARA also embarked on a project to refurbish the highway from Harare Central Business District to Harare International Airport which is one of the country's busiest roads. ZINARA took over the project from Harare City Council in June 2014.[5]

Successes

ZINARA was commended for its efforts in rehabilitating some of the country's major highways which had claimed a lot of lives due to bad state. These include chief among them the Harare Bulawayo Highway which was resurfaced in 2014 and it was also dualised from Harare although it is still far from being complete. The Harare - Mutare Highway was also resurfaced in 2014. This also came along with the dualisation of the road from Harare which is also an ongoing initiative. In 2014, ZINARA also embarked on an initiative to register all vehicles in the country. The initial deadline for the registration was 31 November 2014. Most motorists heeded the call and managed to register their vehicles. This enabled the Ministry of Transport to use the data in its developmental agendas.

Corruption Allegations

It was reported that ZINARA, as of November 2014, was owing its creditors a total of about USD$40 million in cumulative debts. The parastatal is said to have been collected a monthly surplus of a whooping USD$5.5 Million but it goes on to acquire loans which eventually turned to bad debts pushing the organisation into a debt crisis. [6] The parastatal which also collects annual revenue of about USD$130 Million from the country's 26 toll gates was said to have been marred by mal-administration and this prompted the government to investigate the issue. This resulted in the deposition of Thomas Mutizhe the former finance director on 27 November 2014. There were also serious irregularities in the manner in which the ZINARA was issuing and awarding tenders and this attracted speculation of mass corruption within the department. The general public has also questioned the pace in which the major highways are being refurbished. [6] The general feeling is that ZINARA receives a lot of income from the toll gates but in return it has not performed to the expected standard.


References

  1. , History,ZINARA, retrieved:05 Jan 2015"
  2. , What ZINARA Does,ZINARA, retrieved:5 jAN 2015"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 , 20 Roads to be Repaired Before Xmas,Zimbabwe Mail, published:16 Dec 2014,retrieved:05 Jan 2015"
  4. , M. Chideme Resources,The Herald, published:10 Apr 2013,retrieved:5 Jan 2015"
  5. , Airport Road Project: Phase 1 almost complete,The Herald, published:12 Nov 2014,retrieved:"
  6. 6.0 6.1 G. Mazara, Heads to Roll at Debt Ridden ZINARA,The Herald, published:-05 Jan 2015,retrieved:5 Jan 2015"