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