VICTORIA FALLS – The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joel Biggie Matiza has said the government has stepped up efforts to rehabilitate road networks that link tourist destinations to ensure easy accessibility and safe travel.
Speaking during the wildlife economy summit recently, Matiza said work was being done to make sure the road network to these destinations is accessible and safe for driving.
“I am glad to say as a Ministry we have managed to acquire funds, though insufficient to make sure aerodromes and roads are dualized and safe for traveling. For example work on the road from Bulawayo to Vic Falls is being done. On Mutare highway, work is also being done and we expect by the peak of the tourism season, roads to some destinations will be complete,” Matiza said.
Most major roads are past their phases while railway lines are almost obsolete. The poor railways lines have resulted in the use of haulage trucks which have been heavily blamed for damaging most roads around the country.
Tourism is one of the biggest foreign currency earners in the country with three main destinations in Zimbabwe, Nyanga in Manicaland, Victoria Falls and Kariba suffering a huge set back from domestic tourism due to the unacceptable state of the roads.
Tourism players have been calling for the complete rehabilitation of the road networks.