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people doing extra-ordinary things
January 31, 2013
From late last year to
this period, there has been a spate of accidents varying in magnitude
and degree. The majority of which have occurred on the Chakari Road.
This road is the only smoothly tarred road in our once lovely Chegutu
town. This means that most drivers in this small town find pleasure
and joy driving along this road. Even those without a driver-s
license find themselves on the road trying it out in their latest
auto acquisitions. Most of the drivers and auto-mobile owners in
this small town are either new farmers or gold panners popularly
referred to as makorokoza (for they are involved in almost everything
of which gold panning is their major activity).
The latest of these
infamous accidents have claimed the lives and property of three
notable residents. One of those killed recently include a man, who
was popular in our town. He was a skilled man. He used to repair
stoves, irons and refrigerators for the town-s inhabitants,
we sadly miss him. The second was a young lady who had just graduated
from high school and was just about to start her tertiary education
at the UZ. This was the most touching of all. The parents had just
raised the fees and had bought her all they could from their meager
resources, only to lose their precious gift this violent way.
While another unfortunate
widow, who had just spent a fortune in trying to upgrade her house
so she could rent it out for survival, woke up one morning to see
her house damaged beyond repair and her imagination. When our team
got there, she just wept throughout the period, we could not figure
out what the house actually looked like from the debris. To add
salt to injury when the old lady woke to investigate when she heard
the noise, her visitor had disappeared in thin air up to now she
does not know how it happened and who did it neither does she know
the type of vehicle involved. She is indeed back to square one.
The neighborhood is equally flabbergasted.
We can go on and on but
then I think the most important and notable thing that we, the Chegutu
Community of Life have done is what I think is worthy to take note
of, in response to these accidents. We have campaigned and put up
posters and flyers in letter boxes and handouts, encouraging the
residents to put up humps and deeps on the road leading or passing
through their houses. The response has been remarkable, encouraging
and overwhelming. Residents have started to put up some humps and
deeps on all major and busy roads in the town-s high density
suburbs. This has made it very safe for our loved ones in the town,
However we have faced
stiff resistance from the town-s officials whom we had approached
and still intend to engage so they may compliment our work by putting
up hazard road signs that will warn our motorists and visitors,
so they look out for these humps to curb further incidents and accidents.
We have also involved the police to put up road blocks in and around
the high density where the accidents occurrences have been so high.
The police-s response has been swift, which is quite commendable.
We are also going to lobby the VID to resume the Learner Driver
Provisional Tests in Chegutu again, so that most of these aspiring
drivers would be able to get the necessary qualification to operate
their auto-mobile machines. Well, Comrades that-s what we
are doing here, what about you? Until next time.
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