Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will no longer outsource expertise for capital projects as most of the skills are locally available at competitive costs.
Addressing the Zanu-PF Mashonaland East Provincial Coordinating Committee on Saturday, President Mnangagwa said, “Never again will foreign monies and foreign expertise be used to develop roads and other infrastructures which government can easily embark upon. Such an approach would stop unnecessary foreign currency outflow.”
Local companies are rehabilitating the Beitbridge-Harare highway after government terminated Austrian firm Geiger International’s contract following its failure to kickstart the project.
The company was awarded the contract in 2016 and it was withdrawn two years later.
So far, the Zimbabwe leader said, local companies have covered ground at a relatively low cost.
“Over 100 kilometers have been done and the Beitbridge-Chirundu Highway which had been cost at USD1,9billion, was now being done for a mere USD600m, much of it in local currency.”
He added that unity is imperative for the country’s success.
“If we are united, share ideas and have unity of purpose, our country will prosper.”