The District Development Fund (DDF) has been allocated funds to acquire various pieces of equipment as government moves to rehabilitate roads in different parts of the country.
This was revealed by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Rugare Gumbo during his presentation of a ministerial statement in Parliament.
Though he could not state the exact figure the amount given will allow for the acquisition of various implements for road rehabilitation.
Gumbo said, “in response to the plea by the DDF for recapitalisation, Treasury has through ZINARA allocated resources to procure sixteen motorised graders and 24 supervisory vehicles.
“This will assist in alleviating the current shortage of heavy plant under the DDF.
Under the rural roads programme carried out until 2000, DDF constructed a total network of 25 000 km in the communal resettlement and small scale commercial farming areas.
At its peak, DDF had four (4) road constructions units per province.
Each unit consisted of; one dozer, two motorised graders, one front end loader, four tipper trucks, one flat-bed truck, one water bowser, one compactor, one low bed truck and one motorised fuel bowser.
However of late the department has fallen on hard times due to limited funding, lack of spare parts and acquisition of new equipment.
Currently only about 25 – 30% of its machinery is working while the rest is at various stages of disrepair with no guarantee for spares availability.
This has resulted in most rural roads becoming deplorable as there is no rehabilitation or repair.
The DDF is in charge of 60% of the national rural feeder roads inclusive of the newly opened resettlement areas which came with the land reform.