Mutasa North legislator courts investors for vital road rehabilitation

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Honde Valley’s main tarred road that links the mountainous area to Mutare  is now badly damaged hence the legislator of the area is contemplating meeting investors in the area to rehabilitate the road.

Speaking to Radio VOP, Mutasa North MP Chido Madiwa-Tsinakwadi revealed that  the need to rehabilitate the  road is now work in progress and she has already set a meeting with various stakeholders including investors in the area  to mobilise resources for rehabilitation.

“I have been running around to ensure that the road is repaired and I can confirm that I  have already  scheduled  a  meeting with all investors in  Honde Valley towards rehabilitation of the road,” she said.

The area boasts of a thriving small scale banana and coffee farming while of late tourism activities have been picking up after having subsided a bit. It is also home to tea estates in Aberfoyle and Katiyo.

Most motorists plying the road called for urgent rehabilitation of the busy road before serious accidents occur.

“I think the rehabilitation should be dealt with the urgency it deserves because the road is hazardous because it  is curved now coupled with the pot-holes that have  surfaced it becomes more deadlier, ”said  a motorist Dennis Manyika .

A small-scale  banana farmer in Mupangwa Irrigation Scheme,Kenneth  Mareya  who uses the road to transport his produces to Mutare and Murambinda bemoaned how most of the times he has to repair tyres because of the bad roads.

“I have lost count   when I had  to change tyres to my lorry because they would have been damaged owing to the state of this road,” bemoaned Mareya.

Mutasa Rural District Council chief executive officer George Tonderai  Bandure   revealed that the road belongs to the Department of State Roads referring questions to   the Provincial Roads Engineer who was not immediately available for comment.

However, one villager who requested anonymity said the indications that Mutasa Rural District Council is not responsible for maintaining the road then gives prominence the idea of  introducing devolution.

“My humble opinion is that this road should be under the Mutasa Rural District Council so that is why people are calling for devolution where local authorities can be able to mobilise their resources speedily to address challenges in their areas,” he said