By Perseverance Javangwe
An elderly woman who resides in Kwekwe’s Mbizo 12 suburb (ward 4) is appealing for help after her house was destroyed by a tree which fell as a result of the heavy winds that were experienced recently.
The traumitised Gogo Constance Zvidzai is not at easy after the incident, she feels unsafe to leave in the house after what transpired. Speaking with this reporter at her homestead, she said the incident took place unexpectedly and she doesn’t have the adequate funds to repair the damaged roof, windows, and walls.
“Dambudziko rakatiwirawo pano pamusha semhuri, tiri panguva yakaoma, kugara hedu asi hana dzedu hadzina kutogadzikana, izvozvi. Hatinyatsozivi kuti madziro aya achakasimba zvakadii. Tinenge tichingofunga kuti pamwe tichawirwa futi. Saka tinokumbirawo kune vanokwanisa kutibatsira, vatibetserewo kuti imba ivakwe pakakanganisika tigokwanisawo kugara zvakanaka (We are appealing to those who can afford to help because as it stands we don’t feel safe, we are no longer sure if the house is still strong enough after the incident. We are not at easy at the moment, therefore if anyone can help us, we will be pleased)” said Gogo Zvidzai.
When this reporter visited the place the tree had already been cut, however the impact of the fallen tree was disastrous with four rooms being badly affected. Gogo Zvidzai narrated how it happened.
“We were seated outside, under the tree when the winds started. So we then decided to get inside the house because the wind was becoming too much. After a few minutes inside the house, we had a large noise and the asbestos fell, when I entered the next room to check, I saw some tree branches hanging inside. So we ran outside with my grand children fearing for our lives.
“We then heard the girl who lives in the other room crying for help. She was hurt by the asbestos and the bricks that had fallen, her room was close to the tree. She was not able to open her door from the inside, so we pushed it hard from the outside. She was complaining about her leg so we rushed her at Ruvimbo Clinic and she is recovering well,” she narrated.
Ward 4 councillor, Mercy Ranga said it is a difficult period for Gogo Zvidzai especially during these tough times and it will be a remarkable thing if she can acquire help soon.
“Disasters happen unexpectedly and it is difficult for Gogo Zvidzai because this happened at a moment where the situation in the country is tough for her. It’s difficult after such a disaster to quickly get funds to repair the damaged roofs and walls. To those who can help her, please kindly do so because she is going through a lot as it stands,” said Cllr Ranga.
Kwekwe recently experienced heavy winds and about three houses in Mbizo 12 were affected including Gogo Zvidzai’s. The other two houses had their roofs blown away and when this reporter visited, the owners had already replaced them.