8 of the 21 Masvingo bus accident victims positively identified

8 of the 21 Masvingo bus accident victims positively identified
Published: 17 April 2012 (10518 Views)
Masvingo provincial police spokes-person Inspector Tineyi Matake said they had positively identified eight people who are among the twenty one who died in yesterday's accident along the Beitbridge Masvingo road at 2am.

Those identified were Melody Manyeruke (43) of Chitungwiza, Makatendeka Chingodzo (2 months), Phyllis Mlambo of Mazowe, Arthur Gopoza (age and residential address not given), Aneti Chingodzo (6), Diana Mutikinyi, Temba Zimhamba and Prisca Koga.

Family members have been informed.

Twenty one people, including the driver and his conductor, were killed while 45 others were injured when a Beitbridge-bound bus veered off the road and crashed into a tree along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road early yesterday morning.

A two-month-old baby was among the deceased.

The accident occurred near Ngundu Growth Point.

Masvingo Provincial Governor and Resident Minister Titus Maluleke visited the accident scene yesterday and described the day as sad for the entire nation

He urged bus operators to put in place adequate measures to protect passengers.

"I want to challenge bus operators to put in place adequate measures and protect the lives of innocent travellers who continue to fall victim, sometimes to reckless driving," he said.

He urged the Government to speed up the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Road to curb carnage.

Secretary for Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Mr Partson Mbiriri also visited the scene and castigated bus operators for failing to stick to their timetables, saying the Government will take stern measures against errant drivers.

"There is a very serious issue of adhering to timetables which operators are ignoring and it’s a serious cause for concern to us as Government," he said.

Mr Mbiriri said the ill-fated bus was scheduled to travel from Harare to Plumtree at 7am yesterday.

The bus, according to Mr Mbiriri, however, left Harare for Beitbridge at 2am.

Minister Chombo said the Government will assist families of the victims with US$200 each.

- Byo24News

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