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MASVINGO – The Zimbabwe Government, which is not happy with the workmanship on most roads built in the country after 1980, has appointed a Germany company to do quality control of the $980 million project to dualise Harare-Beitbridge Road.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo confirmed the development but declined to disclose the name of the company which will act as the independent engineer for the project.
However, The Mirror understands that the Germany company will at every stage do quality checks and approve work done. The company will also ensure that the terms and requirements of contract are met by the major contractor.
Germany is known for having some of the best construction and engineering companies in the World.
Gumbo particularly condemned the workmanship on the Mhandamabwe (Chivi)-Shurugwi Road build by the Chinese which became bumpy and started peeling of only a few years after construction.
"A German company will supervise the work, we do not want a repeat of the Mhandamabwe Road, zvemugwagwa unopfupfunyuka hatidi (we don't want a road whose surface peels off )," said Gumbo in reference to the Shurugwi-Chivi Road constructed in the early 80s'.
Geiger International from Austria is the main contractor of the highway which is financed through a build operate and transfer model.
The company's local representative, Engineer Benox Mugabe also declined to reveal the name of the Germany company preferring to say the selection process has started.
"The independent engineer has not been selected yet although the process started some time ago," said Mugabe.
President Mugabe is going to conduct the ground breaking ceremony near Chaka Business Centre on May 18 according to a Press release by Minister Gumbo last week.
The independent engineer will be jointly financed by the main contractor and the Government of Zimbabwe.
 "The independent engineer will be ensuring that we comply with best practice, checking on quality of work and making sure that we stick to the terms of reference of the contract," said story news

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