motorists use Mnangagwa rally as password for tollgate free entry
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent visit to Gutu saw the Zimbabwe National Road
Administration (Zinara) losing thousands of dollars in a single day as hundreds
of vehicles were given free passage at a tollgate along Masvingo-Mutare Rd near
Roy business centre.
vehicles passing through the Roy tollgate to President Mnangagwa’s Gutu rally
where he lead a clean-up campaign only had to wave the national flag or Zanu PF
regalia to gain free entry.
lorries, omnibuses and cars passed in their hundreds without paying a cent
while some unscrupulous road users took advantage of the loophole to dupe the
Zinara officials even when they were not going to the rally.
one of the two incidents witnessed by this reporter, a Zupco bus approached the
tollgate and one young man disembarked and approached the officers and told
them that he was a Zanu PF youth chairperson and had two buses under him.
40 buses drawn from Zupco, schools and colleges passed through the tollgate
while a similar number of lorries and omnibuses gained free passage with
hundreds of small cars following suit.
personnel manning the tollgate had a list of buses and vehicles which were not
supposed to pay the toll fees but every other person who claimed to be going to
the rally was exempted from paying.
tollgates controller, David Vunganai said it was common knowledge that vehicles
that pass through a tollgate should pay tollgate fees before referring all
questions to Zinara public relations officer Connie Muraicho.
requested that questions be submitted in written format but had not responded
to them by the time of going to print.
it has also been established that all Zanu PF vehicles bought in the run-up to
the 2018 elections do not pay tollgate fees.