He told this to the Senate in response to a question from Senator Agnes Sibanda who had asked whether the Ministry of Transport is supposed to pay for repairs if someone’s vehicle is damaged after hitting a pothole because the ministry is responsible for highways.
“I am sure if your vehicle is damaged by a pothole, the insurance is supposed to assist in making the repairs. You should not come to us,” Gumbo said.
Sixteen people were killed this week when a haulage truck hit a pothole and crashed onto a kombi.
Q & A
+HON. SEN. A. SIBANDA: Thank you Madam President. My question is directed to Dr. Gumbo, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development. I would like to know, because our highways are under your control, let us suppose I am driving along the highway and I hit the pothole and my car breaks down; are you supposed to pay for the repairs of my vehicle?
+THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. GUMBO): I thank you Hon. Sibanda for your question. You have no right to make the payments. I am sure if your vehicle is damaged by a pothole, the insurance is supposed to assist in making the repairs. You should not come to us. I thank you.