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Zimbabwe Parliament says mines and companies should move 10 percent of their goods by rail

The Parliament of Zimbabwe has recommended that the government introduce a law that requires that mining houses and commercial companies move at least 10 percent of their cargo by rail.

The chairman of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee Christopher Chitindi said this will complement the recapitalisation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe.

“A Statutory Instrument that limits the transportation of coal by road and mandates mine houses and other companies to move at least 10% of their cargo by rail should be promulgated. This will complement the recapitalization of the NRZ,” he said when he presented the recommendations made by the Committee on Tuesday.

Chitindi also said that the US$400m NRZ-DIDG-Transnet deal should be expedited.

Below are all the recommendations made by the committee.

 HON. CHITINDI: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. I rise to table a report of the Transport and Infrastructural Development Portfolio Committee. Budget allocation of 2018, Vote 11, was US$87 501 000.00.

Introduction .

As Government gears itself for the much needed economic turnaround, the critical role played by the transport sector cannot be over emphasized. Given the unpleasant state of road, rail and air transport infrastructure across the country, it is imperative that efforts be made towards recapitalising and retooling the state enterprise mandated to preside over this very important sector. While it is clear that public resources are a far cry from requirements alternative financing arrangements such as loans, strategic partnerships, triple PPPs and privatization of parastatals…

HON. MARIDADI: On a point of order Mr. Speaker Sir.

THE HON. SPEAKER: What is your point of order?

HON. MARIDADI: Mr. Speaker seeing as we have many Portfolio Committees in Parliament, I humbly suggest that instead of having Chairpersons of Portfolio Committee go through the entire report with introductions and who was in the Committee can we not go to the meat of the matter where there are recommendations. We look at recommendations because I think those are the issues that the Minister would want to grapple with. I thank you. It needs – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. SPEAKER: I thank you. Can you speak to your recommendations please?

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