President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week officially opened a bridge in Karanda. The event attracted the ire of Zimbabweans on social media who criticized the president for wasting time officiating low-value and low-quality projects.
The official opening of the 180 meter Karanda bridge was used to launch the government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program 2(ERRP2). The bridge crosses the Ruya river.
According to a government official, Nick Mangagwa, the bridge “massively reduces the distance from Bindura to Mt Darwin using Rushinga Road.”
Mangwana also said the bridge makes it easier to access Karanda hospital.
Activist Hopewell Chin’ono said:
“Today Mnangagwa is officially opening this bridge in Mashonaland Central! I disagree with his Government’s policies, but he remains Zimbabwe’s president. It is at that point where I am deeply disappointed that a whole president would go to open this bridge, the work that should belong to a councillor. This defines how we are scrapping the barrel for good things!
“Imagine the fuel and the allowances that will be spent going there!🤷🏿♂️ All for this bridge which two vehicles can’t cross at the same time?”
Freeman Chari said:
“My issue with this government is its penchant to celebrate mediocrity. Karanda stonewalk was built 2 yrs ago and Mnangagwa wanted to open it in December 2019 but it was swept away (US$5m). Instead of cracking the whip, they gave them more money to do same shoddy stuff.”