By ZBC Reporter
THE people of Mberengwa have called for the construction of a permanent structure at Jeka Bridge which was swept away by Cyclone Dineo.
Three years down the line, Mberengwa villagers are still visualising trails of Cyclone Dineo’s destruction at Jeka Bridge.
Calls for a permanent structure at the bridge which links Mberengwa west and north grew louder during the meet the constituency meetings graced by the area’s senator, who also the minister of foreign affairs and international trade, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo.
Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer Mr Thompson Maeresera says there is need to avert a possible hazard of a collapsing bale structure.
“As a council, the bridge is of paramount importance for us to serve our communities. We are therefore contemplating diverting part of devolution funds but that would require a buy-in from the ministry of transport,” said Maeresera.
Senator Moyo pledged to escalate the issue with his counterpart the minister of transport and infrastructural development.
“We are alive to the fact that this temporary structure has overstayed. it was meant to assist communities for a short period of time, hence we will engage the responsible ministry for assistance,” said Dr Moyo.
The Bale Jeka bridge which is over Mwanezi River was constructed by the Zimbabwe national army after the permanent structure was destroyed by cyclone Dineo alongside Nkankezi bridge in Matabeleland south.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has highlighted the fruits of the re-engagement drive following an investor’s interest in the mineral-rich Sandawana mine.