MBERENGWA – The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Joram Gumbo has said that he would soon visit Mberengwa to assess the damage to roads including the critical Jeka–Danga Road which traditional chiefs have said needs urgent attention.
Responding to the various chiefs' call for the rehabilitation of this road, Gumbo said it must be borne in mind that roads and bridges were destroyed throughout the southern part of Zimbabwe and this meant that Government resources were being spread thinly.
Chiefs Muposi and Mapiravana said Mataga-Jeka Road via Danga is a major road in Mberengwa as it stretches from Ngungumbane (Mberengwa South) to West Nicholson (Matabeleland South) cutting through Mberengwa East, North and West.
Speaking to The Mirror Chief Mposi called upon Government to prioritise critical routes when rehabilitating infrastructure.
"The Jeka-Mataga road must be prioritized. It was badly damaged from Danga to Jeka via Chegato. Boarding school children had to walk long distances to get transport as the route is now being shunned by buses and motorists.
"That road needs complete overhaul as it has huge gullies," said Chief Mposi.
Mberengwa North legislator Tafanana Zhou said he was mobilising the community to partake in "food-for-work" programmes to repair the roads.
Chief Mapiravana said although villagers are doing their best to fill up the gullies with stones, that did not help much because the damage is so bad that it requires big machinery. Two villagers James Zhou and Tendai Masarira were recently injured when their vehicle fell into a gulley
The chiefs also called upon Government to speed up the construction of Jeka-Tandavarai bridge across Mwenezi River which they said was going on at a snail's pace. They said that villagers from Masarira, Chegato, Magavakava, Ruzengwe have no access to medical facilities as a result of the damaged bridges and roads.
"The whole southern area was affected by floods and people must understand that Government is moving in phases to rehabilitate these roads and funds are being raised to help the situation," said Gumbo.
Minister Gumbo said he was going to visit the Danga-Mposi area soon to assess damage.local news