Residents of Sengwe in Chikomba east are appealing to the government to urgently repair Fiyado bridge which was washed away by Cyclone Idai, a few hours after being commissioned.

The 14th of this month is the day Chikomba villagers celebrated the official opening of Fiyado bridge.

Hardly 24 hours later, the tears of joy turned into tears of sorrow as Cyclone Idai washed away the newly commissioned bridge which had come as relief to the villagers.

Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga toured the bridge and said the government is prioritising rehabilitation of infrastructure destroyed by Cyclone Idai.

“The government has already set up an inter-ministerial team to expedite the rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructure in the areas affected by Cyclone Idai and Chikomba is one of them,” he said.

The Vice President was accompanied by Zanu PF Politburo member, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, the area’s legislator Dr Sekai Nzenza, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Cde Joel  Biggie Matiza and Mashonaland East Minister of State Cde Apollonia Munzverengwi.