BY STEVE EPHRAEM
PERSONS with Disabilities (PwDs) in Chipinge South are praying for authorities to consider availing a Department of Social Development (DSD) sub-office at Checheche.
Speaking to this publication on the sidelines of a Disability Champions workshop that was facilitated by Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) under the Inclusive Communities Project which took place last week in Mutare and was attended by PwDs from Chipinge and Chimanimani, Mr Manomwe Chagwiza of Chisuma in Chipinge South said his constituency is facing a lot of logistical challenges to access services from Chipinge town.
“We are facing a lot of logistical challenges when traveling from Chisuma or Mahenye to Chipinge town where offices of the Department of Social Department are located. We make three different trips to connect Chipinge town. First is Chisuma or Mahenye to Jack Quinton Bridge, then from the bridge to Checheche and finally from Checheche to Chipinge town.
“If you check well, ours might be the longest distance to Chipinge town, that is, more than 200km. We part away with not less than US$10 per trip per person. In my case I travel with an assistant, we need more than US$20 to town and another US$20 to travel back home.
“Our wish is for DSD to open a sub-office at Checheche. This will really help people of my condition to cut on logistical costs,” he said.