ZIMBABWE: BRIDGE/DAILY NEWS/11/10/17 SABANews 1
CHILONGA – RUNDE River continues to kill people each rainy season in the South-eastern ZIMBABWE area of CHILONGA, where a bridge was washed away by Cyclone ELINE in 2006.
The NEWS DAY newspaper says the water body is violently flooded whenever it rains, and many cases of drowning are recorded as people attempt to cross, either on foot, on canoes, or in motor vehicles.
It says despite a government promise 11 years ago to rebuild the overpass, the coming rainy season spells doom for the SHANGANI people who live on either side of RUNDE River and others who pass through.
The publication says last year alone, at least 10 people, SIX of them motorists and FOUR villagers using dug-out canoes, drowned after they attempted to cross the flooded river.
However, it quotes Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister JORAM GUMBO as saying the authorities have plans to reconstruct the Bridge, a project temporarily shelved due to the harsh economic environment.
He says they are currently mobilising resources amid hardships caused by sanctions imposed by the BRITISH-led Western powers and the UNITED STATES.
BRITAIN campaigned vigorously on the international arena to punish ZIMBABWE after the former colony displaced about FOUR-THOUSAND white farmers to resettle millions of stranded black peasants.
The embargo, combined with serious levels of corruption both in the public and private sectors, saw the closure of factories and other revenue channels – leaving the State coffers dried up.
Nevertheless, the authorities still face the duty to rebuild collapsing and rotting infrastructure throughout ZIMBABWE, including on the seized farms – where looting and vandalism have rendered some of the properties run-down./Sabanews/cam