Are contractors hired by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to do road markings in the city centre using Sub Standard paint?

CLAIM: Ward 4 Councillor Silas Chigora said contractors who were awarded a tender to do road markings in the city centre are doing a sub-standard job as the paint they use to make the road markings wears off quickly.

SOURCE: Cllr Chigora raised this concern during the full council meeting held on October 2, 2019. He said the council is losing a lot of money as they invest substantive amounts into the project. He said the markings wear off barely a few months after being painted.

BACKGROUND: Cllr Chigora said the contractor’s failure to make durable road makings was unjustifiable as some markings that were made long ago are still visible on some streets.

“The road markings that we are doing in the city are disappearing within a short space of time. We have raised this issue before and we are wondering what is happening. For example, if you go to fort street now, there were markings that were done during trade fair and now they have worn out,” he said.

“As council we tend to wonder why we are spending so much money on substandard jobs. We cannot be doing double jobs all the time. Roads that were marked years ago are still in good shape. If they start wearing away before the rainy season starts, what are we going to do about it? We need to find out if it Is the contractors we engaged or it’s the type of paint that is being used.”

Verdict: True.

An investigation conducted by CITE at the mentioned sites showed that the road markings done April towards Zimbabwe International Trade Fair along Fort Street are beginning to wear off.   

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