PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Wednesday came face to face with Harare’s chaotic service delivery when two huge holes at the intersection of Rotten Row and Samora Machel Avenue delayed by about 30 minutes a politburo meeting at the Zanu PF headquarters.
Mugabe was due to chair a politburo meeting at 9am but came 30 minutes later after the large holes at the centre of the road caused a security scare.
His security men, including the bomb disposal squad, were seen checking the holes and lifting the warning signs at 8:45am. The holes were dug by council workers to repair burst water pipes last weekend.
Mugabe was due to pass through the intersection at 8:50am on his way to Zanu PF headquarters for the meeting.
Harare town clerk Nomutsa Chideya expressed horror when the Zimbabwe Independent alerted him at 8:50am that Mugabe’s men were examining a “crater” left open in the middle of an intersection by his workmen.
“Oh no, oh no,” he exclaimed. “How many times do I have to tell these guys (Works department) to complete work they have started?” cried Chideya before calling for “Jaravaza” from the Department of Works. Michael Jaravaza is acting director for technical services.
The motorcade passed through the intersection at 9:20am from State House.
Council workers then arrived to fill the craters at 10:20am. They left after some 30 minutes.
Mugabe’s motorcade later drove back through at 12:45pm. At about 2.20pm the council workers were back to drain the muddy pool after lunchtime rain showers.
Apparently this wasn’t enough as they were back again yesterday morning to seal over the patchwork.
This time instead of using Rotten Row via the Prince Edward St junction with Josiah Tongogara, the presidential motorcade was forced to come and go along Samora Machel Avenue.