The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) came to the rescue of the Negande community after constructing a 50 meter long footbridge across the Mawena River.

The footbridge bridge was constructed at a cost of $70 000 availed by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, with the ZNA having provided the technical expertise.

Speaking soon after commissioning the footbridge, Permanent Secretary for Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Mr Martin Rushwaya said the infrastructure will help provide a safe passage route for children and other pedestrians from the Nyaminyami and Binga communities.

Pedestrians were at risk of being swept away while crossing the flooded Mawena River which is also crocodile infested.

Director of the Civil Protection Department, Mr Nathan Nkomo said it is critical to strengthen disaster risk reduction mechanisms and deplored the state of Negande Secondary School which he described as a disaster in the making.

Chief Negande hailed the completion of the Mawena River footbridge but urged government to do more for the Nyaminyami community which is one of the country’s poorly developed areas.

Several river crossing points in Nyaminyami are without bridges and during the rainy season school children often fail to cross such rivers and lose out on lessons.