Manama Road rehabilitation in progress
THE rehabilitation of Manama Road linking Gwanda town and Manama Mission Hospital has started, bringing relief to both villagers and travellers.
The construction of the more than 20 kilometre stretch from Bethel to Tuli Bridge, is being funded by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.
In March, Transport Minister Joram Gumbo promised the people of Gwanda that he would make sure that the road was tarred up to Manama Mission Hospital.
Ward 17 councillor, Cde Ephraim Nyathi, confirmed that work was in progress.
“They have covered a lot of ground. The road has been graded and they have put in new sand and ramped it in preparation to tar it.
“The stretch which they have covered is now close to 10 kilometres from Bethel to Fumugwe area,” said Cde Nyathi.
“Our relatives were dying in ambulances along the way because of the poor state of the road. Even pregnant women were prematurely going into labour after having been transferred to Gwanda provincial hospital, leading to death as a result of complications. We are very grateful to the Government for this project.”
Cde Nyathi also said the road network will make it easier for travellers to Botswana as the road network was now linked to Mhlapheli new border post road.
Two months ago, the District Development Fund (DDF) completed constructing a new 10-kilometre road to the new border from Mashaba Business Centre. — @pamssmup
Minister Joram Gumbo