Mugabe declares Harare road network a state of disaster

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has declared Harare metropolitan province’s road network a state of disaster, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has announced.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

Harare’s roads have been badly affected by incessant rains with potholes now making some of them virtually impassable.

“Harare metropolitan province has suffered the brunt of the La Nina phenomena and has received rainfall amounts of 120% to 200% above normal. These excessive rains have decimated the road network throughout the province,” he told journalists in Harare yesterday.

“Given the magnitude of the extensive damage to the road network and the attendant risk to injury, loss of life together with the economic impact of an unusable road network, His Excellency, the President, has declared a state of disaster in regard to the road network in Harare metropolitan province in terms of subsection (1) of section 27 of the Civil Protection Act chapter 10.06.”

Kasukuwere said a response strategy and resource mobilisation programme was being crafted to mitigate the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Services Department has warned that Cyclone Dineo, which started off the Mozambican Channel, will hit the southern provinces of Zimbabwe starting last night for a period of 24 hours threatening lives of thousands of villagers along its path into Botswana.

The department’s head of forecasting, Tichaona Zinyemba, said they were working in partnership with the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) warning people in the cyclone’s path to evacuate to higher ground.

“The cyclone will bring lots of rains and pretty strong winds at speeds of up to 68km/hr and this would affect mainly areas in the south-eastern districts such as Chiredzi, Mwenezi, Zvishavane, Chipinge and Beitbridge,” he said.

Zinyemba pointed out that even if the rains might not be very heavy, they would cause damage because of the saturation of the ground.

The cyclone has since been downgraded to a tropical storm by other regional meteorological services.

The under-resourced CPU has said it is working with development partners to offer temporary shelter and food to the victims of the cyclone.

Principal administrative officer in the CPU, Lameck Betera said there were on the ground monitoring the situation and encouraging people to evacuate.

“We have issued warnings for people to evacuate from the areas that will be directly affected. The department is working with co-operating partners like World Vision to assist would-be victims,” he said.

14 Responses to Mugabe declares Harare road network a state of disaster

  1. Stokononzi February 17, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    Regai inaye inga makaita mukwerera wani.

  2. Nokuda February 17, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    The roads were a disaster even before the rains. All this due to corruption, money for road maintenance being diverted for personal use.

    • sigadula February 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Bulawayo-Nkayi Road should have been declared a state of emergency along time ago, but because its in Mat. Land, Mugabe cares less. This is clear discrimination no matter where you are standing. Mugabe, be fair.

  3. zero February 17, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    chiiii chimwe chisiri National disaster manga musati mazviona nazvino nxaaaaaa

  4. spiralx February 17, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    Hold the press. One disaster finally recognises another. Both of them being visible to everyone else, for decades now.

  5. Nacido Rico February 17, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    The ministers are to blame for looting and feeding the nonagenarian with wrong information.
    The leader shouldn’t be afraid to go into High density areas and parts of industrial areas to see for himself the delapitated roads.
    The ministers are crooks, lazy, greedy, liars and are a shame to Zim.
    THATS THE REASON WHY I ALWAYS SAY, WHITES ARE BETTER THAN US THE BLACKS WHEN IT COMES TO RUN THE COUNTRY AND ORGANISATIONS.

    • NACIDO RICO February 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

      The leader must not be afraid to visit the high density and industrial areas and see the DILAPIDATED roads.

  6. Janana wa Bikaz February 17, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Uncle Bob the citizens declared this disaster decades ago,there is nothing new to this.You now want to use the rains as a scapegoat when we all know that roads turned into gulleys ages ago.The biggest disaster of all is you grandpa Bob and your hangers on.Roads are a better disaster than the thieving zanu pf mafia party.Now the citizens want to hear you declaring yourself an unmitigated disater.

  7. Janana wa Bikaz February 17, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Uncle Bob the citizens declared this disaster decades ago,there is nothing new to this.You now want to use the rains as a scapegoat when we all know that roads turned into gulleys ages ago.The biggest disaster of all is you grandpa Bob and your hangers on.Roads are a better disaster than the thieving zanu pf mafia party.Now the citizens want to hear you declaring yourself an unmitigated disaster.

  8. Tembertshuma February 17, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    RG unopenga asi

  9. Nacido Rico February 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    The ministers are to blame for looting and feeding the nonagenarian with wrong information.
    The leader shouldn’t be afraid to go into High density areas and parts of industrial areas to see for himself the delapitated roads.
    The ministers are crooks, lazy, greedy, liars and are a shame to Zimbabwe.
    THATS THE REASON WHY I ALWAYS SAY, WHITES ARE BETTER THAN US THE BLACKS WHEN IT COMES TO RUN THE COUNTRY AND ORGANISATIONS.

    • NACIDO RICO February 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      DILAPIDATED.

  10. sam February 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    confused leadership where were they when things were going down to this level flying to Asia idiotic minds

  11. mhayo February 18, 2017 at 4:22 am #

    I’m speach less … Bt I cn express Hw I fill abt u bob…. f**k u … that’s all

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