Monday, May 20, 2019

Matiza evasive on the disappearance of $4 million worth of tar

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Tanyaradzwa Tizora
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Joel Biggie Matiza has remained silent pending the investigations pertaining the missing $4 million worth of Government bitumen of the construction of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway that disappeared from Chivhu last month.
Eight drums of bitumen were found at a house in Tshovani in Chiredzi recently which led to the implication of ZINARA officials. Bitumen was also confirmed missing in Gweru and Zvishavane. Investigations are underway, this was hinted by Police sources.
Ever since the Government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has embarked on road construction projects that run into hundreds of millions dollars the demand for bitumen has increased and this has led it into ready and big market.
Investigations of the eight drums of bitumen that were found in Tshovani are underway and these being questioned are ZINARA bosses. It is suspected that the drums were stolen from a department of roads construction site at Bufflalo Range.
The bitumen scams have taken place during a time when the countries road system has completely collapsed thereby causing countless fatal accidents and this has taken the nation by shock.
Matiza said he did not have the police report pertaining this issue and would advise when he gets it.
“I don’t have the Police report yet will advise when I get it, “ said Matiza.