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AT the time of writ­ing this let­ter a truck had plunged into Deka River af­ter miss­ing the nar­row Deka bridge near Chilota Mine in Hwange. Many more ve­hi­cles have ac­ci­den­tally plunged into the river af­ter miss­ing the bridge. De­spite all these ac­ci­dents noth­ing is be­ing done to widen the bridge. Prepa­ra­tions to up­grade the bridge had reached an ad­vanced stage some years back but it re­mains a mys­tery why the project was aban­doned de­spite vis­i­ble prepara­tory ef­forts on the ground. Read­ers of this col­umn will tes­tify that I have al­ways ex­pressed con­cern over the nar­row bridge but my dis­tress calls have al­ways been cries in the wilder­ness. The Deka bridge is a death trap. The re­spon­si­ble au­thor­ity should hear my plea. —

CAN Se­nior Bu­l­awayo Traf­fic Po­lice Of­fi­cers ex­plain the pur­pose of a road­block by Drill Hall Traf­fic Po­lice right at the gate of VID where they im­pound all kom­bis, buses and trucks go­ing for a cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness test or de­mand bribes. What is their aim or ob­jec­tive? To dis­cour­age PSVs from ob­tain­ing cer­tifi­cates of fit­ness when they ex­pire? VID is the only place where we ob­tain COFs so how do we get there since we can­not fly? Mean­while the same po­lice of­fi­cers know where to find kom­bis with no COFs that will never go to VID at 6th Av­enue and Kal­bro but they will never go there. They pre­fer to im­pound those go­ing to ob­tain one at VID. Honda Fits are pi­rat­ing daily but the same po­lice of­fi­cers ig­nore them and pre­fer im­pound­ing kom­bis at VID gate. Where is the logic surely? Be­sides most kom­bis go­ing to VID are driven by ei­ther me­chan­ics or kombi own­ers so can these po­lice de­tails be found where their ser­vices are se­ri­ously re­quired. —

I WANT to thank all the ath­letes who rep­re­sented us at the Olympics. It is an hon­our to make it to such an arena. In fu­ture, we need to aim for gold. If our neigh­bours are do­ing it, there is no rea­son why we must not. Let us in­vest more in sport as a na­tion that makes the most out of the tal­ent we have. —

I WISH Zim­dance­hall artiste Soul Jah Love a speedy re­cov­ery. Hope­fully, he will soon be fit and back in the stu­dio do­ing what he knows best. On a dif­fer­ent note, the state of our roads leaves a lot to be de­sired. Fre­quent ac­ci­dents must jolt au­thor­i­ties into ac­tion. —

I AGREE with your in­stal­ment shed­ding light on the true state of af­fairs dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. Peo­ple must not lie to born-frees and in­flate them­selves into su­per he­roes. At this rate, we will be told that in­de­pen­dence just hap­pened since hardly a week passes with­out be­ing told that so-and-so did not fight the war. —

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