By Staff Reporter
Marondera Municipality has resolved to convert a former police station into a clinic after the security forces abandoned it following a mob attack during last year’s demonstrations.
Once operational, the clinic will benefit close to 20 000 residents from Dombotombo and Rujeko suburbs who are currently being serviced by Dombotombo Clinic situated in Ruvimbo suburb.
Ruvimbo is however overwhelmed as it also carters for Yellow City, Morningside, Ruwari Park, Rusike as well as the newly created Rusike Extension residents.
Police have since abandoned the building
Police abandoned the heavily damaged building which is currently unoccupied following the attack by the angry mob and are now operating from nearby Dombotombo Police Camp.
In separate interviews with this reporter, both Marondera Mayor, Chengetai Murova and acting Town Clerk, Rinashe Nyamuzihwa confirmed the development.
“It is indeed correct that as council, we have since resolved to convert the building into a clinic,” said Mayor Murova.
He said the resolution has already passed both the committee and full council stages and what is left now is the implementation.
Efforts to Refurbish Structure Affected by COVID-19
“We are hamstrung by the emergence of COVID-19, otherwise work to refurbish the building would be at full throttle,” said the Mayor whilst also indicating that when the structure was first built during the colonial era, it was operating as a clinic before it was leased to the police in the early 80s.
In another interview, the acting Town Clerk concurred with the Mayor and said the proposal is that the building should be turned either into a clinic or an HIV testing centre.
The building was abandoned in January last year following protests ignited by a spike in fuel prices which resulted the death of 8 people and a single police officer.
Over 1 000 people in the country were arrested in connection with the public violence, arson, looting and destruction of property among other offences committed during that protest.