Mugabe spared potholes

HARARE - Barely a week after the government declared Harare’s roads a state of disaster, roads leading to President Robert Mugabe’s urban and rural residences remain smooth, something that observers say shows that government is not showing the nonagenarian the whole picture.

Mugabe sneaked back into the country on Friday night from his annual holiday in the Far East, and left for Ethiopia the following day, but he hardly noticed the potholes, judging from the roads that he uses.

Hours before Mugabe’s arrival road works employees could be seen patching up potholes along the road leading to his residence in the posh suburb of Borrowdale.

“Stampede to fix the presidential motorcade route. Shocking. Why should this route get special attention? Wither ‘no money’? #FixOurRoads,” Fadzayi Mahere, an advocate who has been very vocal about the country’s state of affairs, wrote on her Twitter account.

The post was accompanied by a video of some of the men at work repairing the road. The Daily News also witnessed the work in progress.

The roads that 92-year-old Mugabe uses are in stark contrast to most roads in Zimbabwe which are potholed and have become every driver’s nightmare.

To his critics Mugabe is not only a failure but he is also the author of the country’s myriad of problems because, as the late nationalist and former minister Cephas Msipa once said, he is surrounded by liars.

“Mugabe is the emperor of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is his personal fiefdom. Zinara (Zimbabwe National Road Administration) went into overdrive to repair Borrowdale road in the past few days to ensure that the emperor would have a smooth ride to his mansion. This is a dictatorship gone awry!” MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said.

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere recently declared the roads in Harare a state of disaster, adding that they will engage other companies to speed up repairs.

“We will certainly write to the Office of the President and Cabinet and waiver some of the requirements because we have a state of disaster. We have not had sufficient funding in the City of Harare to look after the road infrastructure,” he said.

The roads in most urban towns have been rendered impassable as a result of serious potholes that have been damaging cars.

Local authorities blame Zinara for holding unto the money that is supposed to be used for road maintenance.

While Harare City Council expects between $40 million and $70 million per year in vehicle licence fees from Zinara, it is only getting an average of $1 million, town fathers say.

The road that leads to Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba is also smooth and ranks among the few that have no potholes and whenever any are spotted, they are quickly fixed.

For some people this just shows that Mugabe does not see reality.

“...saka prez vachizofunga kuti zvinhu zviri bhoo muZim (That’s why the president thinks everything is ok in Zimbabwe) @ProfJNMoyo @Hon_Kasukuwere hamuonewo kuti vanonyeperwa so (Do you not see that he is being lied to),” a Twitter user identified as Vachibhanzi said. ‏

Another user also said Mugabe is divorced from the reality.

“He is made to think Zim roads are like the one he uses,” another user, whose Twitter name is Kelvin wrote on his account.

Comments (7)

That was the call for state of disaster by kasukuwere,to fix Borrowdale road.Seke road has no ministers using it,no whites but poor Zimbos,povo.Mbare road at fly over is sickening.no minister uses that road from city centre.Its filthy by the bridge going into mbare.

viola gwena - 30 January 2017

Mugabe is not divorced from reality,he knows the situation on the ground.Its only that he is an old dictactor with an evil heart who pretends not to know the truth so that the suffering masses will give the wicked dictator a benefit of doubt and as a result the people end up accusing his hangers on of lying to him about the situation on the ground.He uses his feigned ignorance to get the people's sympathy yet he is the author of all the mess that we find ourselves in.The buck stops with him!

Janana wa Bikaz - 31 January 2017

Mugabe is not divorced from reality,he knows the situation on the ground.Its only that he is an old dictactor with an evil heart who pretends not to know the truth so that the suffering masses will give the wicked dictator a benefit of doubt and as a result the people end up accusing his hangers on of lying to him about the situation on the ground.He uses his feigned ignorance to get the people's sympathy yet he is the author of all the mess that we find ourselves in.The buck stops with him!

Janana wa Bikaz - 31 January 2017

Tete its evrywhere.Yes that bridge from Cameroun street into Mbare siyaso is filthy.Korera is manifesting there.Vendors sell open food under the bridge where street kids and drunkards were urinating and defacating overnite.But come to glenn view tete viola.Yu will be sory .

tazvida mandima - 31 January 2017

When the majority of government officials become thoroughly corrupted,{ as here in Zimbabwe) the country ceases to progress.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 31 January 2017

If you think there are potholes in Highlands wait till you go to Highfileds. If you are angry at the state of the roads in Glen Lorne, wait till you go to Glen Norah. Same with Borrowdale vs Budiriro.

Raphael Toro - 1 February 2017

Tete Viola, do we realy have to hire whites to live in Seke for the road to be fixed.Tete Viola lead us to parliament to demonstrate on roads.African leaders only listen to noise.Lets make noise tete.Ndimi hanzvadzi ya baba.Baba is busy spending his pay on prostitutes while we the children suffer,going to school barefoot.

munazo - 1 February 2017

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