Liberty Dube Post Correspondent—
EIGHT people were killed while several others were injured in road traffic accidents that occurred in Manicaland province from December 15 up to Boxing Day.Last year during the official festive season period, which is from December 15 to January 15, there were 129 accidents which claimed the lives of 18 people while 64 sustained minor and serious injuries.
The eight fatal accidents took place in Mutare’s Central Business District, Nyanga, Chikanga, Rusape, Sagambe and along the Harare-Mutare highway.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said on December 22, at the 250 km peg, along the Harare-Mutare highway, 22-year old Precious Phyllis died on the spot after the vehicle Registration Number AEA 7689 she was travelling in overturned once and landed on its roof. In another incident, a six-year old boy, Energy Ganda, was knocked down and died at Mutare Provincial Hospital after Paul Munyadza (37) who was driving a Nissan UD Registration number AAL 8842 lost control and rammed into him.
On December 24, at 20km peg along Headlands/Karori road, Taurai Ngoya of Karori Farm was driving an unregistered tractor towing a trailer which had 10 passengers on board. One of the passengers, Sarudzai’s sandal fell on the ground and she suddenly jumped to pick it while the vehicle was in motion. She was ran over by the trailer and died on the spot.
An unknown cyclist was also hit and died on the spot on December 23 near Matimba Business Centre in Buhera after the driver of a truck owned by Delta Company Murambinda, Edwin Mudarikwa, encroached onto another lane.
On the same day, Rutendo Teta (2) of Chief Katerere in Nyanga died on the spot after she was hit by a Toyota Noah Registration number ADM 8975 which was being driven by Lancelot Mutuda of Harare.
In Honde Valley, Naison Mangezi who was riding a bicycle rammed into a stationary grader which was by the roadside. The incident happened at Sagambe Turn-off in Chief Sagambe area. He was rushed to Hauna Hospital but died upon admission.
In Chipinge, 25-year-old Evason Nehumayi who was driving a white Ford Ranger Registration Number ADV2778 died after his car veered off the road and overturned three times before it landed on its roof.
Insp Kakohwa said that most accidents were caused by speeding failure to negotiate sharp curves, as well as overtaking errors. He urged motorists to exercise extreme caution.
“Most of the accidents were mainly caused by speeding and negligence so we urge motorists to obey traffic laws and exercise extra caution on the roads. Passengers must also refrain from boarding pirate taxis because most of them are not certified to ferry people. They lack fitness tests and insurance that is required in the event of tragedies. Drivers should desist from speeding or attempting to drive under the influence of alcohol,” said Insp Kakohwa.