Impassable roads could lead to deaths

roadBUMBA - Villagers have appealed to the government to sort out dilapidated roads in their constituency.

The chair of Chimanimanis district council, Elijah Mugebe, warned that people could die because the poor road network was hampering distribution of food aid to thousands of needy families.

Transport operators have shunned the routes, while professionals such as teachers and nurses have left en masse.

The villagers say they have talked to the local Zanu (PF) MP, Samuel Undenge, but to no avail.

He is sabotaging us because he accuses our section of supporting Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC (T). We are now appealing to the top brass in the government to help us, said Tawanda Mucheka, one of the villagers.

The roads that link places such as Risutu, Chikukwa, Mhakwe and Chayamiti are in a bad state, which has had an impact on small-scale farmers who use the road to transport their produce to Chimanimani business centre.

People have resorted to walking or using ox-drawn carts because bus operators have stopped providing services.

Mugebe said they were being hindered by lack of funds and obsolete equipment to repair roads.

We are facing financial challenges, as most farmers are failing to pay rates to council. The US dollar is elusive here. The council is failing to generate adequate revenue to repair the dilapidated roads.

We appeal to government to give us some funds to refurbish some of our roads otherwise people will die from hunger, he said.

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