Bulawayo residents have urged the treasury to avail more funds to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe for the completion of the upgrading of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in the city which they say is long overdue.
Making contributions during a 2013 national budget consultative hearing by the parliamentary portfolio committee on budget, finance and investment promotion in Bulawayo on Wednesday, Bulawayo United Residents Association chairperson Winos said they are calling on government to expedite completion of many projects that are yet to be finished.
“As residents we urge the government to finance the completion of the airport because it has been long and owing to that Bulawayo has lost on chances of attracting potential international investors,” said Dube.
Ambrose Sibindi, secretary of the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association shared similar views saying failure to complete the JMN international airport has isolated the city from the international community.
“The half-heartedness of the government in funding the work at Joshua Mqabuko Airport cuts the city’s links with the outside world,” said Sibindi, “We hope this time the government will allocate more funds to the renovation of the airport.”
The finance ministry has scheduled the 15th of November for the fiscal policy presentation by Minister Tendai Biti. Currently, the ministry and the parliamentary portfolio committee are making nationwide consultations to gather input from various stakeholders.