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Toll money should fix up roads, not toll plazas

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In the papers today we’re told that toll fees are to go up in Zimbabwe. This is because the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) is implementing “state-of-the-art toll plazas on the country’s highways.” And with improved conditions at the toll plazas, “The US$1 charged on small vehicles will be sub-economic and we are likely to increase the current fees,” according to the ZINARA spokesperson.

Because the plaza is really where this money should be going anyway?

As yesterday’s Financial Gazette article points out, Zimbabwe’s road network is stalled. The priority for ZINARA’s toll revenue should be fixing the roads, not fixing up the “toll plazas” where the tolls are collected.

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