Communities in Mudzi district have expressed concern over delays by the government in repairing the Rwenya Bridge which links Mudzi and Nyanga districts which was destroyed by cyclone in 2013.

Imagine having to spend five years without a bridge to link with neighbouring communities and accessing basic social services that is the story of people from Rwenya area of Mudzi.

“We have been cut from our neighbouring communities, we are appealing to government to help us,” said some of the villagers in the area.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Apolonia Munzverengwi who toured the bridge said it needs to be repaired as a matter of urgency.

“This bridge needs to be repaired as a matter of urgency, we can’t have people living without communication,” she said.

Not only is the bridge a link to communities, it is also used by the country’s security forces for border patrols with its destruction now a major security concern, said Commander 2 Brigade Brigadier General Felix Mhonda.

“We use this bridge for our border patrols and its destruction is now a security concern, we no longer have access to all our areas of patrol,” he said.

Cde Munzverengwi had a feel of the local people’s experience when crossing the river which leaves them in danger of being swept away especially when it is rainy season.