Masimba, Tensor, Exodus and Fossil to construct Harare-Chirundu highway in emerging monopoly

A group of local companies which are currently involved in the cconstruction of the Harare-Beitbridge highway are set to increase their stranglehold in the road construction sector after Government approved their contracts for the Harare-Chirundu highway.

Cabinet on Tuesday announced that it received and approved proposals on the partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and Bitumen World Pvt Ltd, Masimba Holdings Ltd, Tensor Systems Pvt Ltd, Exodus and Company Pvt Ltd and Fossil Contracting Pvt Ltd to upgrade, rehabilitate, widen and construct the 352km Harare-Chirundu Road, with Prostruct Consulting Engineers providing consultancy services for the project.

The new gig effectively means that the companies have a monopoly. The companies are also involved in the construction of Mbudzi Roundabout interchange, which is billed as a separate project.

Information Minister said in the post-cabinet briefing: “The project on the upgrading, rehabilitation and widening of the Harare-Chirundu Highway is intended to complement the North-South Corridor development programme which incorporates critical infrastructure such as the modernised Beitbridge Border Post, the Beitbridge-Harare Highway and the Mbudzi Interchange.

“The Harare-Chirundu regional trunk road will be split into five equal sections of 67,8km for the contractors to design and undertake works.

“Upon completion within the envisaged 24 months, the project will deliver a safer and more efficient road network as well as access to critical economic areas along the route, and enhance regional connectivity by ensuring that transit traffic connects seamlessly.

“Cabinet also approved the proposals on the partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and Tensor Systems (Pvt) Ltd, and Masimba Holdings Ltd on the upgrading of the 265km Karoi-Binga Road from gravel to surfaced standards, using loan financing.

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