War vets die in accident

18 May, 2016 - 00:05 0 Views

The Herald

Bulawayo Bureau
TWO war veterans died on the spot, while 13 others escaped with serious injuries when a bus they were travelling in hit a beast and veered off the road before overturning in Filabusi.

The two deceased former freedom fighters – Cdes Saziso Sibanda and Betty Madhochi – were on their way from a meeting organised by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni, in Gwanda on Saturday.

Matabeleland South police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkosilathi Sibanda yesterday confirmed the accident.

Cde Sibanda was from Gwanda while Cde Madhochi was from Gweru.

This week, Matabeleland South police said they will soon start taking stern measures against farmers whose livestock stray onto highways.

Offenders would be fined $20 for every beast that strays onto the road at night and $10 per beast during the day with culpable homicide charges being preferred in fatal ac- cidents.

Meanwhile, one person was killed while 28 others were injured, eight of them seriously, when a Mutare-bound Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rammed into a Sabot staff bus at Mabvuku turn-off yesterday morning, writes Tedious Manyepo.

According to eyewitnesses, the Sabot staff bus from Mabvuku heading for the city, failed to give way to the speeding minibus which crashed onto the articulated bus’ trailer.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident as she expressed concern on the inhumane behaviour of onlookers who were taking photos instead of lending a helping hand to accident victims.

“It is unfortunate that people’s lives continue to be lost due to human error. But our latest concern as the Zimbabwe Republic Police is the inhumane behaviour being exhibited by citizens at accident scenes. Instead of lending a hand or else calling the police and ambulance services, people, especially the youths, are seen busy taking photos to share on social media platforms.

“That culture is not Zimbabwean, to say the least. Are we wishing each other death?” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

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