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Mbudzi Interchange to Miss Completion Deadline

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Harare, Zimbabwe – The much-anticipated Mbudzi Interchange project in Harare is set to miss its completion deadline, sparking concerns among residents and commuters who were banking on the infrastructure to alleviate the city’s notorious traffic congestion.

The Mbudzi Interchange, a flagship project aimed at decongesting traffic flow at one of Harare’s busiest intersections, was initially scheduled for completion by the end of June. However, delays attributed to logistical challenges and unforeseen technical issues have pushed the deadline further, with authorities now reluctant to commit to a new specific date.

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Felix Mhona, addressed the concerns in a press briefing yesterday. “We understand the frustration this delay causes to the public. The project has faced several challenges, including procurement delays and technical setbacks. However, we are working diligently to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible without compromising on quality,” Mhona stated.

The delay has not only caused inconvenience for daily commuters but also raised questions about project management and oversight. Residents living near the construction site have expressed their disappointment, citing increased traffic woes and safety concerns due to ongoing construction activities.

“The construction has been dragging on for too long. We were hopeful that by now, we would have seen some progress that makes our daily commute easier. Instead, we are dealing with more traffic jams and detours,” said Tafadzwa Moyo, a local resident.

The Mbudzi Interchange, once completed, is expected to significantly reduce travel time and improve road safety in the area. The project includes multiple flyovers, underpasses, and improved road networks designed to handle the high volume of traffic that currently causes daily bottlenecks.

In response to the delay, opposition parties have criticized the government’s handling of the project, calling for more transparency and accountability. “The people deserve to know why this project is behind schedule. We need clear answers and a solid plan to ensure this doesn’t become another abandoned infrastructure project,” said MDC-T spokesperson, Witness Dube.

Despite the setbacks, the government remains optimistic about the project’s future. Minister Mhona assured that once completed, the interchange would be a “game-changer” for Harare’s traffic system, promising that the benefits will far outweigh the current inconveniences.

As the wait continues, commuters and residents alike are left hoping for swift progress and a timely resolution to the issues delaying the much-needed Mbudzi Interchange.

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