LATEST: Kwekwe horror crash declared national disaster

Wreckage of the Sprinter involved in the accident

Wreckage of the Sprinter involved in the accident

Munyaradzi Musiiwa, Midlands Correspondent
THE Kwekwe accident which claimed 31 people after a Pfochez Yutong Bus burst its front right tyre before sideswiping with Mercedes Benz Sprinter has been declared a national disaster and Government through the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has pledged to assist the bereaved families.

The State will meet funeral and burial expenses.

Speaking during his visit of Kwekwe, head of the inter ministerial committee on national disasters and Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Savior Kasukuwere said President Mugabe had authorized the declaration of the accident as a national disaster.

Minister Kasukuwere said Government will supply coffins, meet funeral costs and provide transport.


“President Mugabe has authorized that this tragic incident be declared a national disaster. Government will mobilise resources to assist the bereaved families with transport to take their relatives’ bodies to their respective areas of burial as well as supplying coffins and food for the funerals. This is the second largest disaster that we have ever had,” he said.

Briefing Minister Kasukuwere, Police Officer Commanding Midlands Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Abigail Moyo said the accident could have been avoided if the driver of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bhekithemba Tshuma had reduced speed and pulled off to the left to avoid the impact.

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  • Fio massive

    Don’t blame the dead

  • Bambo

    Defensive driving helps at times
    Quick thinking and reaction are major factors

    • herbert hungwe

      Minimum age of a driver should be 40 years. We need mature drivers on the roads. These sprinters are always going fast 160 km/hr at night. Ini handikwiri. These vehicles are also poorly serviced, old tyres . People should not risk their lives by travelling in such dangerous drivers. We are to blame as a nation as these accidents are always taking our loved ones. Parliament is not doing enough to tame our roads.

      • chengetai

        Sir you can’t blame the young drivers for accidents…sometimes the so called mature drivers are reckless as they believe they have enough experience on the road to drive dirty

  • rue

    What can we do as a country to help rebuild the roads. Its not the the rich who are usually affected by these things because their roads are not bad. But ordinary people

  • Bert

    Potholes are whose fault? Blood is on your hands..

  • D. Mandudzo

    Yes the roads are bad but lets also not forget how people jus sit in the car at the edge of their seats hesitant to warn the driver about their speed. Its actually a syndrome vanhu vanotya kuudza madriver kuti ari kumhanyisa…..jus yesterday I was travelling from a funeral the driver was speeding and people were jus sitting there sehonye until I said driver speed yako yanyanyisa then I heard so many voices chipping in “chokwadi yanyanya” ini ahhh. People should speak out against reckless driving or they let some lunatic put their life into jeopardy!!!