10 perish in horror kombi crash

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspondent—
A commuter omnibus evading a Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) checkpoint collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle in Murehwa yesterday morning, killing 10 people and injuring 13 others. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident in an interview yesterday. “The accident occurred at the 59km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda Road around 0700 hours.

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“A commuter omnibus was travelling from Murehwa towards Harare with about 23 passengers.

“It was stopped at a VID checkpoint and the driver wanted to evade the checkpoint. He then went into the right lane, which is the opposite lane, where there was also another commuter omnibus coming,” she said.

Ten people, nine women and a man, perished.

Of the deceased, four died on spot while two who had been transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare, were pronounced dead on arrival.

Four others were pronounced dead on arrival at Musami Mission Hospital, Murehwa.
Of the 13 injured, eight had serious injuries.

“This a very sad development in that there is a possibility that these (the deceased) are female breadwinners who were probably heading to Mbare to do their day-to-day business. We continue to urge drivers to be cautious always and for one to evade a check-point is quite sad,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She said bodies of the deceased were in the two hospitals’ mortuaries.
She appealed to people to always carry identity particulars when travelling and urged people with missing relatives to check with the police.

The deceased will be named once their next of kin have been informed.

The accident occurred barely a month after 11 people were burnt beyond recognition, while 14 others were seriously injured when a Honda HRV collided head-on with a Nissan Caravan at the 60km peg along Centenary-Mvurwi Road.

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  • Petros

    It is so bad, saddening and humiliating that we continue to lose lives, unnecessarily. I challenge the authorities to find a working solution to this kind of man-made tragedy. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace and their families be consoled.

  • Dzimbahwe Chivavarirwa

    I strongly believe regulations must be put in place to regulate, control
    and determine who should apply for a driving license and for what
    purpose. Especially focusing on Public Transport Drivers, in addition to
    age restriction, a minimum academic qualification must be set. Not
    wanting to be discriminative but i think only when and until our country
    want to reduce and curtail the frequency and magnitude of these
    grotesque yet avoidable accidents mainly caused by human error, poor
    judgement, sheer negligence and big-headedness, i think people of a set
    standard academic qualification should be the only Public Transport
    Vehicle Drivers. We need to introduce a distinct standalone Public
    Transport Drivers’ License.

    Let’s debate this issue please. Constructive criticism is welcome.

  • Mukotami

    who else??

  • Dube

    Some time passengers are to be blamed as well, they keep quite when these drivers drives like nutcases. they have got to speak out. Few times I have fallen out with kombi drivers coz of their behaviour.

  • mimi

    your intelligent

  • Mshika

    the question are the buses going to provide instant services provided by the combis, in as much as the combi drivers are of uncouth behaviour it is also imperative to note how they have transformed the public transport system.

    • sky

      6 or 8 Buses doing the CBD-Borrowdale route means a bus leaves every 7 and a half minutes which is fair to me. But to be sure we need to determine how many Kombis leave for Borrowdale in one hour and then we can substitute accordingly.

  • TeeCee

    Yes I agree, the age of some of these Kombi drivers is contributing massively to road carnage. Many are too young and therefore dont value life. Age restriction is the way to go. An age restriction of 35 for public vehicle drivers would fine.