By ZBC Reporter
Villagers in Chipinge have appealed to government to fast-track the reconstruction of Tanganda Bridge which was destroyed by Cyclone Idai in March last year.
Villager 78- year old Gogo Gumbojena carefully navigates her way through the improvised wooden steps at Tanganda Bridge, risking not only her life but that of the 3 year old grandson on her back.
This is the predicament of several villagers in Chipinge west after the devastating Cyclone Idai destroyed the bridge which links them to the nearby shopping center, school and clinic.
Upsound “Our appeal to government is if it could repair our bridge on time. This is our only way to the grinding mill, to the shops, to school, to the clinic and every day I go through this…..” Gogo Gumbojena
Her plight is similar to that of many other residents.
”It is now a year and our bridge is still in this state which basically means no car can pass to this side so we are really disadvantaged…” lamented another villager.
”Our pregnant women and ECD children pass through these steps so imagine what would happen if any of them misses the step…” says another resident.
Chipinge rural ward 4 councillor, Alderman Godfrey Makuyana said the bridge does not rank top of the priority list of bridges being repaired by government.
” Yes attempts were made to repair this bridge but because it was not rated as critically busy, tools were downed. But as you can see, this is the only passage used by our people to access basic services so it is my appeal that it should be repaired as a matter of urgency…..” says Makuyana
Government is seized with reconstruction work in Chipinge and Chimanimani with busy roads and bridges having been given first priority.
Meanwhile, Councillor Makuyana has described compliance to the lock down guidelines has satisfactory in his ward, saying residents now understand what COVID-19 is and how to prevent its spread.
By ZBC Reporter