Following a Covid 19 Lockdown by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and with Police officers in Marondera mounting several roadblocks some residents have come up with ways to get to the Central Business District (CBD).
The lockdown was meant to reduce or deal with the movement of people and vehicles as a measure to arrest the spread of the deadly Coronavirus that has resulted in 14 people being tested positive and recording 3 deaths in the country.
Open Council Marondera did a survey and established five routes being used to evade police checkpoints.
Below are the five escape routes being used by residents to get into town in defiance of the lockdown.
- Residents in suburbs like Ruware Park, Morning Side and Rusike use the Murewa Road, then connect into Harare-Mutare highway before tearing across the golf course into town. Some use the Rudhaka Stadium road, cross over the railway line and connect at Chicken Inn. These routes are used to evade police checkpoints at N.Richards.
- Residents from Cherima, Dombotombo and those who stay in the industrial site go behind Proton Bakeries (thereby evading roadblock at N.Richards), cross into town via the NRZ station.
- Residents from Nyameni and Cherutombo use a footpath between the Police Headquarters (PHQ) and AFM headquarters before coming out at the Marondera Showgrounds. This way is used to evade a roadblock mounted near the Magistrate Court along Ruzawi Road.
- Residents from Ward 9 and 12 in Cherutombo go along Siringa Road before using a footpath that branches to the right (towards CBD) just after a depression at Naymeni Clinic before coming out at Thembani Flats along First Street and then into town. This route is used to avoid a police checkpoint at Cnr Siringa and First Street.
- Those from the low density areas like Paradise Park , Winstone Park and Lendy Park only avoid one roadblock at Siringa and the Marondera Central Police Station before accessing the CBD
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has since declared Covid 19 as a global pandemic that has seen more than one million people testing positive.