Cde Davis Marapira

The Nyamatikiti Bridge in Chirumanzu is almost 75 percent complete with villagers now having renewed hope of socio economic turnaround as the existing smaller bridge that connects Chaka Business Centre to Mashava gives the community headaches particularly during the rainy season.

Construction works at Nyamatikiti Bridge which had stopped towards the end of last year had created problems to local community leaders as villagers had lost hope of seeing the bridge coming to completion, but the resumption of works at the bridge has renewed hope to villagers and motorists.

Some of the community members and political leaders from Chirumanzu said they hope the bridge will be complete before the next rainfall season as the infrastructure will play a pivotal role in enhancing economic activities in the area.

The Minister of State in Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s office Cde Davis Marapira said government plans to surface the Chaka-Mashava road with tar as a way to create an alternative route to the Beitbridge-Harare highway and improve economic activities around the Chirumanzu area.

“We are looking at the possibility that this bridge will come in handy since we have a plan to tar this dust road. This will help the growth point to expand as it will connect Mashava and the main road. The bridge will also help farmers to transport their produce to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) thereby making lives of this community easier,” Cde Marapira said.

The Nyamatikiti Bridge which connects Chaka Business Centre and Charandura growth point is one of the many projects being undertaken by government through the District Development Fund as the second republic seeks to uplift the livelihoods of people in disadvantaged communities.