PICTURES: “Renovated” Jeka / Tandavarai Bridge

Jeka or Tandavarai bridge which is along the Mwenezi river in Mberengwa was swept away by Cyclone Dineo-induced floods in 2017 and since then, residents have had a difficult time using the bridge during rainy seasons.

Jeka tandavarai bridge

The bridge survived acts of saboteurs during the liberation struggle. See the picture below to see what it used to be like.

MBERENGWA JEKA BRIDGE BEFORE IT WAS SWEPT

 

Back then, the government announced that US$7 million had been mobilised for the purposes of rehabilitating the bridge but the structure in place at the moment does not suggest the money that was allegedly poured into the project.

Below are the recent photos.

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Despite the scary appearance, cars and buses can now cross over the Jeka bridge. Its durability is, however, not known. Authorities say it is a make-shift bridge.

The bridge links Mberengwa West, a constituency represented by the former Transport Minister, Joram Gumbo, and Mberengwa North represented by Tafanana Zhou.

Those in Mberengwa North would want to use the bridge to access Jeka business centre where Jeka Rural Hospital is situated while those in Mberengwa West would want to have access such as schools and Irrigation Schemes.

Jeka tandavarai bridge Hospital

Schools that attract those in Mberengwa West include Chegato Primary and High School, and Ruzengwe Secondary School.

Some residents of Mberengwa North are plot holders in Chimwe-Chegato Irrigation Scheme in Mberengwa North and would like to use the Jeka Tandavarai or bridge.

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