Dande gul­lies threaten Mushumbi

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Mash Cen­tral Bureau

MANYAME River bank ero­sion has formed a gully that is eat­ing away six me­tres of land close to Mushumbi Shop­ping Cen­tre in Mbire Dis­trict every rainy sea­son threat­en­ing to form an­other river that will iso­late the shop­ping cen­tre, Chit­sungo Mis­sion Hospi­tal and res­i­den­tial stands.

Mbire Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Clau­dious Ma­jaya said an­other gully at the con­flu­ence of Dande River and Hun­yani River is head­ing to­wards Gov­ern­ment of­fices.

So far three chalets owned by Tsetse Con­trol Unit have been swept away by the river and at Mushumbi shop­ping cen­tre the gully is now 900 me­tres away.

Mr Ma­jaya said a ma­jor dis­as­ter was likely to oc­cur in about three years if noth­ing is done.

“The river banks are col­laps­ing about six me­tres of land each rainy sea­son. There is also a mi­gra­tion of base­flow be­low the river bed threat­en­ing to form an­other river close to the shop­ping cen­tre from Manyame River,” said Mr Ma­jaya.

“The gully is 900 me­tres away from Mushumbi shop­ping cen­tre and if an­other river is formed this will af­fect the bridge to Chit­sungo Mis­sion Hospi­tal at the up­per side and ren­der the whole growth point in­ac­ces­si­ble.

“The shop­ping cen­tre will not be ac­ces­si­ble from Chit­sungo or from Kanyemba. The river will flow be­tween the shop­ping cen­tre also leav­ing res­i­den­tial stands iso­lated. The same prob­lem is hap­pen­ing along Hun­yani Bridge to the south where Dande River flows into Hun­yani River.

“The gal­leries are eat­ing land north­wards of Gov­ern­ment of­fices. Dur­ing the last rainy sea­son a chalet be­long­ing to Tsetse Con­trol Unit was swept away and an­other was also swept away the pre­vi­ous year.

Mr Ma­jaya said the threat has grown be­yond their ca­pac­ity as a lo­cal au­thor­ity and they are seek­ing as­sis­tance from rel­e­vant min­istries.

“This prob­lem started long back and it is some­thing we have known for quite some­time. We brought the is­sue be­fore the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing and the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try,” he said.

“We had to ap­proach our pro­vin­cial of­fices af­ter at­tempts to look for fund­ing from em­bassies was fruit­less. This was be­cause the prob­lem was be­yond us as a lo­cal au­thor­ity.

“At the mo­ment we don’t have any so­lu­tion be­cause this re­quires ex­per­tise. The threat has grown be­yond our ca­pac­ity.”

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