Just four months after the Zanu-PF leadership in Masvingo expressed satisfaction with the government project to tar the 57 km Gutu-Buhera Road, the entire road has been swept away by heavy rains exposing huge incompetence by the engineers celebrated even by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In August, party provincial chair Ezra Chadzamira said the $26 million rehabilitation of Mhandamabwe-Chibi Turn-Off Road and the ongoing upgrading of Gutu-Buhera Road would drive economic growth in those areas.
He said a recent Zanu-PF provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting expressed satisfaction with progress on the two road projects.
“We held a PCC meeting recently where members expressed gratitude to the Zanu -PF Government under President Mnangagwa’s stewardship for the good work that is taking place in the upgrading of the Chibi Turn-Off-Mhandamabwe Road and the Gutu-Buhera Road,” he said.
“We are very happy with the work currently taking place on the two road projects, which will no doubt improve the living standards of our people through faster movement of human traffic and land cargo.”
Before his words have even dried from his lips, this week, the 5km stretch of the road that had been built has been badly damaged and washed away by heavy rains. Experts say the damage is so bad the work will need to be started all over again.
The project was started in July 2018 with Government promising to complete and commission the first 10km stretch of the road between Hamandishe Village and Soti Source River just after Chitepo Primary School in November of the same year.
The same project was started and abandoned more than 25 years ago when VP Simon Muzenda was still alive.
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