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Harare pavements now death traps
Community Radio Harare (CORAH)
January 16, 2013
Take a walk
along Harare's street pavements, chances of encountering uncovered
holes with a potential of stumbling or getting you injured are very
high unless you skirt around them.
It gets worse
during the night in badly lit streets where people have been injured
after being trapped into open holes that have remained uncovered
man identified as Spencer blames the local authority for failing
to cover pits along some pavements and streets in the city centre.
like the potholes in our main roads, holes on pavements must be
covered. The City Council must cover the pits to avoid dangers associated
with them when people get trapped," he said.
Chris, a vendor
in the Central Business District (CBD), said he has seen a number
of people breaking their legs after stepping in open holes that
have characterised most pavements in the city.
are posing serious dangers to the lives of city dwellers. They are
also causing traffic congestion in the CBD which in many cases results
in accidents, he said.
A taxi driver
who preferred anonymity, said city authorities should put danger
warning signs to caution drivers. "They put moulds of mud
on the road and forget to put danger warning signs. As a result,
our cars get damaged without any compensation. Our roads are now
jungles because of council," said the visibly angry driver.
of Waterfalls said this morning (Wednesday) he witnessed a car veering
off the road as the driver tried to avoid a pit. "It seems
council workers are going around digging trenches just to meet their
hours of work without supervision and are not worried about the
plight of motorists and pedestrians. Today, l witnessed a car skidding
after the driver had tried to avoid a pit," he said.
comment Harare City Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said council
workers are always encouraged to put warning signs whenever they
dig trenches. "We constantly remind our workers to get rid
of the pits. However, it depends on the type of pipe they would
have mended some of them need to be open for some time," Gwindi
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