CHIMANIMANI – More than 300 Chimanimani villagers have started repairing roads and bridges in their area that were damaged by cyclones Chalene and Eloise that hit the eastern border district between December last year and January this year.
Chief Saurombe told Chipinge Times that villagers embarked on the work in Ward 17 three weeks ago when the damage had worsened and made the roads impassable because of the incessant rains.
The work is being carried out under the auspices of Saurombe Development Committee and the villagers are working with a meagre US$1 800 budget.
They will rehabilitate Saurombe Link Road and all the bridges along it including Biriri Bridge. This road is important because it links up seven villages namely; Saurombe, Tomeke, Zihu, Chibvuma, Bunza, Demeza and Musiandaka and the main Bridge, Biriri bridge.
The road also links up this ward with the City of Mutare, the main hospital in the area, Saurombe Business Centre and the Chief’s traditional court.
The Minister of State for Manicaland, Nokhuthula Matsikenyere said the roads and bridges are under the jurisdiction of Chimanimani Rural District Council.
“All these roads and bridges were destroyed by the recent cyclones, Chalene or Eloise and all those that were destroyed by Cylone Idai were repaired. Council roads are the ones that are yet to be completed and these are the ones that connects village to their shops,” she added.
Chief Saurombe thanked Border Timbers ( Charter Estates) for assisting villagers with fuel and Chimanimani Rural District Council (RDC) which pledged to support the project.
Saurombe Development Committee chairperson Fungai Tinoota appealed for support from well-wishers whether cash or construction material.
There are over 300 villagers that are involved in the project and these are drawn from seven villages. The villagers provide labor and material.