ZINARA is “rebranding” & has allocated $17 billion to road rehabilitation

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ZINARA, Zimbabwe National Roads Administration, George Manyaya, allocation, $17 billion

The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) today held a press conference where it announced that it was undergoing a rebrand and will be allocating ZWL$17 billion towards road rehabilitation.

The breakdown of the 2022 allocation is as follows:

HARARE City Council1 116 288 970
BULAWAYO City Council338 232 414
GWERU Urban Council196 249 227
MUTARE Urban Council163 540 928
MASVINGO City Council122 170 765
MANICALAND444 246 412
MIDLANDS661 434 426
TOTAL ALLOCATION17 000 000 000

So… what’s new?

Well, not much… but also quite a bit, let me explain. To the former, there is nothing new in our teapot shaped country when it comes to our roads. For the longest time, dodging potholes has become commonplace, that’s if you aren’t making way for Mshikashikas who create their own lanes…

However, (and to the latter) it was refreshing to hear the ZINARA executive make the honest admission that the roads are very very poor. ZINARA’s new Chairman Dr George Manyaya said that they want to be as transparent as possible. He went on to say that their mandate is to disburse funds to the local authorities so they can rehabilitate/construct roads.

“The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) is a corporate body that was established in terms of the Road Act (Chapter 13:18). The body was established in 2002 in line with Government’s commitment to prioritize the enhancement of a good road network system throughout the country. The mandate of ZINARA is to fix, collect, disburse road user charges and mobilize revenue for roads development and maintenance.”


ZINARA also assists the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in setting maintenance, design, construction and technical standards and monitoring compliance to those benchmarks by road authorities. Additionally, the organization also performs any other function that may be in the Road Administration in terms of the Roads Act (13:18) or any other legislation.

Do the funds allocated even make a dent in addressing the appaling state of the roads?

Now, the argument will be “are the funds enough?” and you’d be quite right in asking that because if these amounts being given to local authorities are sufficient, why aren’t we seeing some improvements?

Well… it’s mainly down to the amount of money that ZINARA gets from its collections from toll gates, vehicle licencing etc. Those funds are split between repaying loans that the government agency has with external bodies like the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), allocations to local authorities as well as ZINARA’s operations.

All of these factors limit how much ZINARA can issue out to local authorities and organisations like the District Development Fund (DDF). In light of this shortfall, ZINARA’s new chairman Dr George Manyaya said that the authority has engaged banks to assist by way of financing to make up for the deficiencies. What has come from those conversations is yet to be known but we were told we should be hearing something soon…

What of the local authorities?

As mentioned earlier, it is the local authorities’ responsibility to make sure that the funds allocated are used to address the state of their roads. But with the way disclosures have happened in the past, few outside ZINARA and local governments know which roads have been earmarked for rehabilitation and how the funds have been used.

In the question and answer segment of the press conference, we asked ZINARA’s executive to provide that information on the authority’s website. By doing this, constituents will be able to track how much money will be disbursed to their local government and which roads will be fixed.

This helps hold local governments accountable for the state of the roads and will overall improve transparency. Because if things stay the way they are, the route one move is to go back to ZINARA and ask them about how the funds disbursed were used.

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  1. Hugh Jarse

    It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything improves on Zimbabwe’s roads! The rest of the country is on the way down, so don’t expect miracles here! Most of that will have already been squandered on mercs ‘n perks for the brass there!

    1. Anonymous

      That’s true broo

      1. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

        In the name of transparency, they should also say how much rebranding will cost.

  2. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

    If anyone notices, there’s a habit of gvt and parastatals of providing allocations, but ALWAYS at a future unspecified date. Months later, that money won’t have been disbursed and the recipients look like they are the ones dilly-dallying. When the actual disbursement is eventually made, it’s neither enough anymore, nor is it publicised.

    Why is money being wasted on branding? Roads are in a bad state and you are wasting money on rebranding, as if citizens have a choice in service. NSSA also rebranded, meanwhile pensioners are dying of starvation. It’s grossly irresponsible.

  3. Prophet

    Good initiative, we want good roads in our country.

  4. 20

    How much is the rebrand gong to cost and why is it being done in the first place…what exactly are the benefits…could the money for this now be used for zinara mandate ie roads

  5. Citizen

    Wierd! I wonder what the allocation mechanism is if not aligned to the coming elections; possibly, this is what’s going on

    DDF Allocation for votes & shady deals
    Dept of roads allocation – probably for also for shady deals and to “take over” roads that local councils (“failed” to maintain/fix

    What would make sense is for funds to be allocated proportionally to provinces; if Hre has 200 vehicles, it should get license fees for 200 vehicles. them perhaps subtract maybe 15% or whatever excess – where more money is collected than is needed in a province at a given time) to channel to the DDF et al

  6. Douglas Kaliwoh

    Are they rebranding so that they cannot be put to task on what they may have omitted or committed? Like being born again!

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