Chipinge youths con­struct bridge:

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Correspondent

YOUTHS in Mutema (Chipinge West) have part­nered the District De­vel­op­ment Fund (DDF) to con­struct a 63 me­tres Nyunga bridge, which was dam­aged by Cy­clone Eline 15 years ago.

The bridge is ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned next month.

Prior to its con­struc­tion, many school chil­dren and vil­lagers were made to risk their lives walk­ing on the bed of the cro­codile in­fested Nyunga River.

The bridge plays a key role link­ing Mutema, Charuma, Mu­sani, Nya­mure and Manesa ar­eas.

It also links the com­mu­nity to the ever­green Mutema ir­ri­ga­tion scheme, Mutema Se­condary School and Birchenough Growth Point.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the youths Mr Sa­muel Masilo said the bridge would be ready for pub­lic use next month.

Mr Masilo said the bridge would con­trib­ute im­mensely to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He said once the bridge was com­pleted, busi­ness link­ages would also be re­stored.

“We are now about 73 per­cent com­plete, and at the rate at which work is go­ing, we should be through next month. We are grate­ful to the sup­port we are get­ting from DDF,” said Mr Masilo.

“The bridge has been ly­ing idle since 2002 when it was de­stroyed by Cy­clone Eline. Vil­lagers had a tor­rid time to cross the river to trans­port their goods es­pe­cially to Birchenough Growth Point.

“This had neg­a­tive ef­fect on the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity as they had to travel long dis­tances to sell their agri­cul­tural pro­duce from Mutema ir­ri­ga­tion scheme.

“The con­struc­tion of the bridge will also come as a re­lief to school chil­dren as they will no longer miss les­son dur­ing rainy sea­son. They can­not cross the river when it is flooded,” he said.

“The project is di­rectly em­ploy­ing 20 youths who were re­cruited from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Among them are two women,” he added.

Mr Zu­varimwe Marango, a lo­cal vil­lager, wel­comed the restora­tion of road net­work.

“The con­struc­tion of the bridge will boost the lives of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties be­cause our lo­cal roads are now linked to the main roads. We can now trans­port our per­ish­able pro­duce with­out has­sles,” he said.

Mutema youths work on the Nyunga river bridge in Chipinge

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