Concerned youths volunteer to fix impassable roads.

The poor state of Chitungwiza road network

By Mjamaru and Jill Mangachena

Youths across Chitungwiza have been enraged by the Municipality’s failure to maintain the deteriorating road network across the town and are voluntarily organising themselves in fixing the pot-holed road network which had become impassable due to the heavy rains currently pounding Chitungwiza.

The cash-strapped local authority has failed to maintain the road network in Chitungwiza since the onset of the wet season and the heavy rains have exacerbated the situation.

Most roads in Chitungwiza are in a sorry state, seriously inconveniencing commuters and the motoring public. This has angered residents who accuse public officials and elected leaders of neglecting their obligations.

“As residents of Chitungwiza we are failing to understand how the municipality continues to be ignorant of the sorry state of our roads. Motorists are having trouble navigating these roads because of the potholes which are everywhere and because some of them wouldn’t know how deep the potholes are they end up damaging their cars,” said Abisha Nyati (43) of Unit L.

Residents think that corruption and mismanagement of municipal resources have led to the infrastructure.

 “The high levels of corruption in this town, city and country are greatly inconveniencing us, the general public. The people supposed to respect our rights as citizens are the ones actually depriving us of those rights. We need better infrastructure and its continuous maintenance,” said Ray Chisvo of Riverside.

All roads in Chitungwiza are in a sorry state with pools of water and huge potholes making it impassable whenever it rained.

Residents have however stated that the repair is only temporary and will still need the council to do a permanent job for them.

“Before the end of the rainy season these roads may be totally as worn as they were before repairs they do not have proper equipment and material to effectively repair the damaged roads,” said Ethel Gambe of Zengeza 3.