The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has posted on social media a breakdown of the costs incurred in refurbishing Pemba Bridge in Mvurwi.
His post comes after reports which suggest that the government allocated US$1.8 million dollars for the project which some say should not have cost more than US$100 000.
The figures are as follows;
BRIDGE: Bridge- 11×22.5m span skewed high-level carriageway bridge =ZW$6 289 398.34
ROAD: 1.1km x 11m Bridge approaches and surfacing using 300mm Asphalt Concrete =ZW$9 837 264.05
Total for the whole project =ZW$16 126 662.05.
The bridge was commissioned by Vice President Kembo Mohadi with some saying the commissioning should have been done by local authorities considering that the bridge “was a very small initiative.”
These reports come when there are pending court cases which allege that some government officials engaged in underhand dealings that prejudiced the state of billions of United States dollars in the past two decades.