The names of the nine people killed in a road accident between Rusape and Mutare, on the Harare-Mutare highway, have been published by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Five people died on the scene, and four more died while being transferred to the hospital. After a burst tyre, the driver of an Isuzu KB truck lost control of the vehicle on Tuesday, causing the crash. The Isuzu truck was driving from Rusape to Mutare.
The accident victims are mainly senior citizens and have been identified as:
- Caleb Siguwa (80) of Rusape
- Jairosi Chitovamombe (78) of Rusape
- Maria Mukuyi (60) of Rusape
- Norah Luwanja (58) of Odzi
- Betty Mukura (64) of Rusape
- Tizai Joseph Makaruse (67) of Rusape
- Gadloza Mandizha (61) of Rusape
- Johnson Tekere (72) of Rusape
- Betty Mudewaire (64) of Rusape
National police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi called on motorists to avoid speeding and overloading their vehicles when travelling. In a statement, assistant commissioner Nyathi said,
The Police urges drivers to avoid overloading vehicles and observe stipulated speed limits. The Zimbabwe Republic Police is saddened by the sudden loss of lives through road traffic accidents in the country. Drivers should be exemplary on the roads.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi also stated in a separate statement that the overall road traffic injury figures for the 2021 Easter Holiday are significantly worse than the same time last year.
In total, 231 injuries occurred this year, compared to 178 accidents the previous year. Twenty-six people died in 2021, compared to eight in 2020. In 2021, the number of people injured in road traffic collisions was more than seven times higher than in 2020, with 149 people injured in 2021 compared to just 22 in 2020.