BUSINESS people in Nkayi Business Centre are bemoaning the poor roads linking the district with Bulawayo, Kwekwe, Lupane and Victoria Falls saying the state of the network is curtailing potential investment and business growth.
In an interview, a businessman in the Matabeleland North district, Bennius Ncube said the roads were deplorable and this is slowing down business, as a few people would brave the poor roads to come and do business with them.
“Nkayi roads are dilapidated, especially the road which connects Nkayi and Bulawayo discourages business growth.
“Bulawayo is our main trade town, we go there sometimes to buy cement at PPC but unfortunately other transporters will not want to deliver at Nkayi due to poor roads so our stuff will delay for something like a week or so,” said Ncube.
He says if the roads were rehabilitated, the district will be well placed to benefit from tourists who will be going to Victoria Falls, passing through Nkayi.
“These roads linking Nkayi to Bulawayo, Kwekwe, Lupane and Victoria falls, but all buses choose a longer route whilst there is a short cut in our area. Its difficult to make business, but if this route was proper tourists going to Victoria Falls, buses would pass by Nkayi giving us business,” said Ncube.
A councilLor in the Nkayi Rural District Council Kufakwezwe Ncube said for any development to come by, there has to be a well up road network. He says the state of the roads in Nkayi is to blame for the district’s slow rate of growth.
“Our district roads network discourage business growth, for businesses to boom or grow in any area there is need to have good road network to lure investors,” said Ncube.
The rehabilitation of the dilapidated Bulawayo-Nkayi Road will not be done anytime soon, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister, Joram Gumbo said early this year.
The road, whose construction began in 1993 and was supposed to be completed by 1999, has been at the centre of debate over the structural underdevelopment of Matabeleland.
Presently, less than 50km of the nearly 170km Bulawayo-Nkayi road has been widened and resurfaced.