Manama Road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in progress

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

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

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