Middle Sabi roads impassable

road_washed_away.jpegCHIPINGE The Chipinge Rural District Council has appealed to the government for funds to rehabilitate dilapidated roads in the district.(Pictured : Washed awaty road)

The councils Administration Officer, Susan Malati, said most of the roads in the district were in a very bad state after being washed away by floods in 2007.

Malati said the state of the roads had particularly adversely affected small-scale farmers in Middle Sabi.

Most of our roads were washed away by the cyclonic rains and are in urgent need of repair, she said.

As a result, some peasant farmers cannot ferry their agricultural produce to Chipinge town. Over the weekend, villagers were seen patching up the road linking Tanganda and Chisumbanje with stones and sand.

Roads linking the major highway with primary schools such as Masimbe, Maronga and Chibuwe have deep gullies that make them impassable.

Communication in the area is also a challenge, as there is no mobile network coverage and infrastructure for landline telephones was destroyed by floods..

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development has a target to construct and rehabilitate major roads across the country in its 100-day programme under the Short Term Emergency Recovery Programme (STERP).

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