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Row over terminus

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Kadoma residents have vowed to scuttle the construction of a state-of-the-art $600 000 bus terminus at Waverley bus stop along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway where four people including two vendors perished in a tragic accident last year.

The residents’ association declared war on the project which has been on the cards for the past seven years, arguing building the new terminal would turn Rimuka terminus into a white elephant, while at the same time exposing the public to accident risks.

“We recall with painful memories the sad and unfortunate loss of lives at the same place that council now wants to construct a bus terminus. Building the terminus would be an insult to the people of Kadoma especially at a time we have more pressing issues,” the residents’ association.

Small-scale businesspeople who have erected tuckshops at Rimuka terminus are also disgruntled, fearing the move would throw them out of business.
They allege this is a ploy to favour Zanu PF activist Jimaya Muduvuri who runs a supermarket and service station next to the site.

“We have invested at Rimuka bus terminus and therefore cannot stand idle while council takes our businesses and places them in the hands of Muduvuri. Rimuka terminus cannot be allowed to close,” said Tito Marumisa who works from the rank.

But, Mayor Peter Matambo is adamant the project will proceed saying concerns raised by the residents’ association and businesspeople in Rimuka were nothing but political.

“This project will be good for Kadoma. It will be a Build-Operate-and-Transfer arrangement and therefore will not take anything out of our coffers. We will also accommodate anyone who wants to run a business there.

“We are not supporting Muduvuri, but we are merely following business trends, it is no longer attractive for buses to go to Rimuka and because of that we lose revenue and spend most of our time chasing buses,” Matambo said.

Council has not yet passed a resolution on the project and was now engaging residents and other stakeholders to get their “buy-in” before implementation.

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