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    Gutu schools, clinics missing power since Idai

    Berta Chikwama.


    GUTU – Many schools in Gutu Central and Gutu East have had no power since the disruptions caused to power lines by Cyclone Idai in March this year.
    There is no power along an 80km stretch of Gutu-Kurai Road from Mpandawana to Bhasera after several transformers were affected and this has caused blackouts at many schools, business centers and clinics.
    Particularly affected are Munyikwa High School, Gonye Business Centre, Alheit High School, Bhasera Business Centre,  Chimombe Rural Hospital, Bhasera Police Station, Guzha Business Centre, Rasa Business Centre, Mekia Business Centre and Mushwai Business Centre.
    Authorities and businessmen who spoke to The Mirror said that their predicament has been worsened by the fact that there is not only a critical shortage of fuel when they try to turn to generators but the fuel is also expensive.
    Zesa Public Relations Manager Fullard Gwasira said he was not aware that Gutu power supplies  were affected by the Cyclone and he promised that the matter would be looked into and resolved.
    “I did not know that Gutu was affected by Cyclone Idai, the faults will be attended to and rectified”, he said.
    The MP for Gutu East Berta Chikwama said they are working on the issue together with Gutu Central MP,  Minister Winston  Chitando.
    “We have been approaching Zesa who said they will try to fix the problem, but you have to get more information from them,” said Chikwama.
    Alheit head Benard Tagutanazvo said the school is being forced to use a generator every day since Idai ravaged through the area.
    “Fuel is very expensive and we are therefore in a very tight situation without power. There is no electricity in the whole Gutu East”, said Tagutanazvo.
    A resident at Bhasera Growth Point, Chokuda Mudyanadzo said people at the growth point are being forced to use firewood to cook and the price of firewood shot up to RTGS$30 per scotch cart.
    “Cost of living has sharply gone up because of the power blackout.  We are living an expensive life. I am a welder and my business has stopped while butcheries are unable to provide meat because there is no power.
    “We also have Chimombe Rural Hospital which is seriously affected by the power outage. The Police Station also doesn’t have power”, he said. 
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