The government has floated a tender for the preliminary and engineering design for Harare-Beitbridge road which will pave way for the construction of the highway which has been condemned by most road users.

The rehabilitation, dualisation and widening of the highway had failed to take off as a consortium of local business people under Zimhighways had challenged the floating of the tender in the courts.

The consortium has now withdrawn the litigation.

In a statement, Zimhighways Consortium states that they have agreed with the government through the Minister of Finance and Economic Development that they will be able to participate in the next tender for the upgrading and dualisation of the highway.

In a statement, the Coach and Bus Operators Association told its members that the construction of the road will be split into four segments namely: the 120 km stretch between Harare and Chivhu, the 147 km distance between Chivhu and Masvingo, Masvingo to Rutenga’s 149 km and 135 km from Rutenga to Beitbridge.

Efforts to get official communication from the government proved fruitless as the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Obert Mpofu referred all questions to the Permanent Secretary, Mr Munesushe Munodawafa, whose mobile phone went unanswered.

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