Tun­nels con­tinue to threaten Kwekwe

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National/gender/health News - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

THREE Govern­ment agen­cies have va­cated their of­fices at a build­ing in Kwekwe which is un­der threat of col­laps­ing from cross cut­ting tun­nels that run un­der­neath the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, it has been es­tab­lished.

A snap sur­vey by Sun­day News dis­cov­ered that En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency, Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and the Kwekwe Civil Court have al­ready been evac­u­ated from their of­fices af­ter the struc­ture de­vel­oped wide cracks and amid fears the Govern­ment build­ing might col­lapse.

The whole city is un­der threat from large tun­nels left by some min­ing con­cerns which op­er­ated in the area. Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter seen by The Sun­day News writ­ten by the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing the Govern­ment depart­ments should have va­cated the build­ing in March this year.

Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Public Works di­rec­tor, Mr Philip Mukura said the min­istry noted that the wide cracks that the build­ing was de­vel­op­ing were caused by un­der­ground min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Mukura stated that there was loom­ing dan­ger of a pos­si­ble col­lapse of the build­ing into dis­used cross cut­ting tun­nels that run un­der­neath the gold min­ing town. The build­ing houses about five min­istries.

“Kwekwe Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fices is op­er­at­ing as a com­pos­ite of­fice in Kwekwe. We house sev­eral min­istries like the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral’s of­fice, Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Civil Court and DA’s of­fices. The build­ing has de­vel­oped wide cracks and is vis­i­bly sag­ging due to dif­fer­ent set­tle­ments caused by un­der­ground min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The build­ing is un­safe for use and we rec­om­mend that we evac­u­ate the ten­ants ur­gently to avoid a loom­ing dis­as­ter,” reads part of the let­ter.

Min­istry of Mines and Min­ing De­vel­op­ment in 2014 dis­patched a team of en­gi­neers led by Deputy Min­is­ter, Eng Fred Moyo to as­sess the in­ten­sity of the risk fol­low­ing re­ports that some build­ings in Kwekwe’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict and its east­ern side were at risk of col­laps­ing into dis­used cross cut­ting tun­nels that run un­der­neath.

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