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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  • yowe

    This is sad

    • zimbotry

      Also unnecessary.

  • Chamunorwa

    There is very little incentive for drivers to obey the law. Those who police checkpoints are sometimes corrupt. Vehicles are not serviced properly. Speeding is only punishable by token fines. Drink driving is tolerated. Overloading of vehicles is also acceptable. The government needs to introduce stern measures for dealing with reckless or negligent driving. Imprisonment for a long period should be a serious possibility for those who speed or injure others due to their bad driving. Vehicle owners must also be obliged to pay significant compensation for road accidents.

  • sad ad angry

    If this driver is alive, he should be jailed for life. You see we can’t always blame the police or vid. We need to be responsible. Kutamba nehupenyu hwevanhu ikoko and us as citizens and passengers we need to start valuing our lives. It won’t suprise me to hear that those people were busy cheering the driver to run away and also blaming the VID.

  • twerty

    Combis must be banned long distances.latter even in town Bring back united and long distance buses.

  • moholo

    Hapana apa, apa wanacharamba nemukadzi wake wacho wasta time paTV kuyambira wanhu. Makombi drivers hawanzwe, plus mapurisa too corrupt..Its very sad..

  • str8arrow

    sky wagona wena. To many reading your comment it may seem trivial and overly simplistic, but the point it raises is very pertinent wangu. Time for radical transport sector transformation mhen. Vanhu vaperera mumigwagwa ye Zimbabwe. There has been so much unnecessary loss of life and a relook at the whole transport sector and how it is regulated would be welcome dai vakuru vaida kumisa this diabolical carnage on Zim roads.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    The kombi drivers have a deplorable attitude when it comes to driving. But who has exercebated this behaviour? Supendous amount of roadblocks and the corruption that comes with the stops. And speaking of corruption, we pay tolls each day yet there is ABSOLUTELY nothing to show for it except fatcats at ZINARA giving themselves obscene perks. We need self introspection Zimbabwe.

  • Rasta!

    Yes, yes and yes! 1 bus takes several combis off the road…it is a much more efficient use of fuel and will help in decongesting roads. There is a serious lack of political will in our country just do right by the people. We are in desperate need of better leaders in Zimbabwe.