Kwekwe fatal road accident claims six lives, seven others injured

Phillipa Jaja

Six people were killed while seven others were injured when a Nissan NP300 which was travelling towards Kwekwe was involved in a head on collision with a Honda Fit which was travelling in the opposite direction yesterday.

The Zimbabwe Republic police confirmed the accident and said the deceased were taken to Kwekwe General Hospital Mortuary where three of them were positively identified whilst the injured were taken to Kwekwe General Hospital and Gweru General Hospital respectively.

“Six (6) people were killed whilst seven (7) others were injured at the 15 kilometre peg along Kwekwe-Gokwe Road on 21st May 2023 at about 1800 hours.

“A Nissan NP300 with three (03) passengers on board, which was travelling towards Kwekwe, was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Fit vehicle with eight (08) passengers on board, which was travelling in the opposite direction. As a result of the accident, both drivers and two (02) passengers died on the spot whilst two (02) other passengers died on admission at Kwekwe General Hospital.

“Three (3) victims were positively identified by their next of kin as:-Edward Mutimbu, a male adult aged 40 of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service, Headquarters, Tafadzwa Chokera, a male aged 24 of Zhombe Business Centre, Anna Muzeziwa a female adult aged 42 of Zhombe Mission Hospital.

“The other three (3) victims are yet to be identified by their next of kin.

“The bodies of the victims were taken to Kwekwe General Hospital Mortuary for post mortem whilst five (5) of the injured victims are admitted at Kwekwe General Hospital. The other two (02) victims are admitted at Gweru General Hospital.”

Zimbabwe loses an average of 5 people per day to road crashes whilst rail death rate occurring during the first six months of the year 2022 accounted for 80 percent.

Government last week announced that it is in the process of revising certain pieces of legislation on rules and regulations to come up with stiffer penalties for motorists who cause fatal road traffic accidents as a result of negligent driving and human error.

Most accidents have been attributed to negligent driving, human error and speeding.

However other road safety stakeholders such as the Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) have called on responsible authorities to not only upgrade most of Zimbabwe’s road infrastructure and equip enforcing agents so they can complement their presence on the roads effectively.

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