GOVERNMENT INVOKES (32) (c) OF CIVIL PROTECTION ACT OF CHAPTER 10.06 of 1989 and offers $200.00 per deceased

Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.GOVERNMENT INVOKES (32) (c) OF CIVIL PROTECTION ACT OF CHAPTER 10.06 of 1989 and offers $200.00 per deceased in horror crash at the 8 kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road on Wednesday night that killed 14 peopleSibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

THE Government has said relatives of 14 people who died in a horror crash at the 8 kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road on Wednesday night will receive assistance from the State to bury their loved ones.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.
Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said “I have since invoked Section (32) (c) of the Civil Protection Act Chapter 10.06 of 1989 and therefore assistance of $200.00 per deceased is being rendered to the bereaved,” said the Minister.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.
13 people died on the spot, and Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson said another accident victim died on admission to the United Bulawayo Hospitals, bringing the death toll to 14.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

Those who died were mourners from two families who were going to a funeral in Masvingo.

Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the lane of oncoming traffic.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

It collided with the kombi and dragged it for a distance.

The truck’s load — tonnes of glass and wooden pallets — crushed the kombi.

The accident occurred when a haulage truck hit a pothole and veered off the road resulting in its trailers colliding with a kombi carrying mourners.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

Meanwhile, police yesterday released the names of the people who perished in the road accident : Gift Sibanda (43), Gracious Sibanda (41), Luke Sibanda (65), Sovia Sibanda (37), Agnes Ngwenya (55), Danisani Masukume (40), Esther Moyo Mangena (21), Gladys Nyathi (65), Grace Ndemera (48), Magret Dube (46), Rebecca Dube (65), Sinikiwe Mangena (32) and Yvonne Machingauta (32).
d.Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle

Kombi driver who hit and dragged a cop for 25 metres with his vehicle killing him instantly while speeding off a roadblock jailed three years

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A commuter omnibus driver who hit and dragged a police officer for 25 metres with his vehicle killing him instantly while speeding off a roadblock three years ago, was today sentenced to an effective three years in jail.
Talent Mudzimba (32) was arrested in 2014 and was initially charged with murder.
During trial at the High Court, the charge was changed to culpable homicide.
The matter was then referred to a lower court for trial.
Mudzimba then appeared before magistrate Ms Nomusa Sabarauta.
He convicted him after a full trial.
Mrs Sabarauta sentenced him to five years in prison before setting aside two years on condition of good behavior.
In addition, he was prohibited from driving all motor vehicles in respect of Class 1 and his licence was cancelled.
Details to follow….Tendai Rupapa Herald
file photo of a previous kombi driver refusing to stop and driving wiyh acop hanging on to his windscree.

HAULAGE TRUCK DRIVER (29) speaks about the horror crash that killed fourteen komi passengers in Bulawayo.

Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.FOURTEEN people from two families travelling in a commuter omnibus to a funeral in Masvingo died when a haulage truck collided with their vehicle and crushed it in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.Fourteen family members who were on their way to  a funeral were killed, while three were seriously injured when a haulage truck carrying glass hit a pothole, encroached into the lane of oncoming traffic resulting in the collision with a kombi the mourners were travelling in. On the left is the pothole, while right the Bulawayo Fire Brigade retrieves bodies from the wreckage. — Picture by Eliah Saushoma

The accident happened at about 10PM on Wednesday.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident yesterday. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 8km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road, where 14 people died and four others were seriously injured.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

“The accident involved a South African registered international haulage truck towing two trailers, and a Toyota Hiace minibus that was carrying 18 passengers onboard and a body.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi. Thirteen people from the minibus died on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

“Due to the state of our roads, the ZRP is appealing to motorists to avoid travelling at night and observe speed limits to preserve life. As police, we are quite saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives in situations which we could be avoided. Let’s all preserve the sanctity of human life”Sibusiso Ngwenya's photo.

Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the oncoming traffic lane.

The truck narrowly missed the kombi but its trailers whipped into the smaller vehicle’s path and dragged it for a distance, before pushing it under the truck.

The truck’s load — tonnes of glass and wooden pallets — crushed the kombi.

The driver of the haulage truck, Mr Lameck Marapira (29), escaped with minor injuries while four people in the kombi survived.

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Thirteen people died on the spot and another died on admission to the United Bulawayo Hospitals where the other three are still admitted.

The other survivor was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where he is reportedly in a critical condition.

Mr Marapira, who appeared distraught, said he did not see the pothole as it was filled with water.

“My front wheels locked and I lost control. The truck uprooted a streetlight. I came to a stop against an embankment on a bridge near the scene,” he said.

“The kombi’s lights dazzled me. I didn’t see it and thought I had passed it when I heard a loud bang and screams.”

Mr Marapira said he immediately went to check on what had happened and sought assistance from other drivers and Riverside residents who called emergency services.

The South African registered truck was carrying glass panes to C.H. Naik from the neighbouring country.

Mr Marapira, who is a Bulawayo resident, said he left South Africa on March 6 and it was unfortunate that the accident occurred when he had arrived home.

Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Petersen said his office received a call at 11:47PM and arrived on the scene at exactly midnight.

“When our team arrived at the scene, the kombi was under the truck. Our crew could not rescue the victims and we had to call for a Nyoni Brothers’ crane to lift the truck,” said Mr Peterson.

Police and the fire-brigade crew battled for more than four hours to extricate the kombi and retrieve the bodies.

Two of the survivors forced their way out of the wreckage.

A majority of residents, who had gathered to watch, shied from the scary sight as the mangled bodies were pulled out and lined up side by side before quickly being covered with blankets.

Most of the bodies were intact except for one which had a missing hand and the fire brigade crew had to look for it in the wreckage.

The coffin had broken into two pieces but the body was intact, still tucked in a blanket covering it.

A heap of bodies were laid on a tent and covered in blankets before a police truck collected them later on.

Residents said they alerted the Bulawayo City Council of the pothole more than three weeks ago but no action was taken.

“This pothole is in the middle of a lane. We called council several times but they did not respond… sadly lives have been lost now,” said a resident who only identified himself as Thulani.

A driver from Bakers Inn who plies the Bulawayo-Gwanda route every morning said he had seen it and reported to council but to no avail.

“Just yesterday I was talking about this pothole, I told my assistant that it was very dangerous because at night it would be full of water and most drivers are caught unawares when they plunge into it. Swerving to your right, you risk a head-on because you would be encroaching onto the lane of oncoming traffic,” said the driver.

Traffic from both ends was detoured through Sunninghill suburb as emergency crews retrieved the bodies and carried out investigations. Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle
PHOTO1- Lameck Marapira, driver of the haulage truck

THREE escaped unhurt after a private charter plane crash-landed at Bulawayo J.Mqabuko Nkomo Airport on Tuesday evening.

THREE people escaped unhurt after a private charter plane crash-landed at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport on Tuesday evening.

The plane, a Beech Baron 58, was coming from Charles Prince Airport in Harare when it “belly landed” after it developed a mechanical fault, just before 7PM.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) chief executive officer Mr David Chaota said the plane’s pilot communicated that the plane had developed a mechanical fault before landing.

“The pilot communicated that his plane had developed a mechanical fault because the undercarriage failed to extend resulting in the  belly landing.

“In simpler terms, the wheels failed to release resulting in the light crash. There were no casualties, the pilot and his two passengers escaped unhurt,” said Mr Chaota.

He said the plane was intact with no exterior damage.

Mr Chaota said the plane did not block the runway as alleged by some people but had to be moved away for further investigations.

A source however said after the crash-landing at around 7PM, authorities quickly removed the aircraft from the runway and minutes later, an Air Zimbabwe plane landed.

“The plane crash-landed here in the evening shortly before the Harare-Bulawayo flight landed.

“There was panic as some people thought it was an     Air Zimbabwe plane which had crashed,” said the source.

In January, a Central Air Traffic Services (CATS) aircraft that was transporting gold from Bulawayo to Harare crash-landed in Kennilworth, Bubi District in Matabeleland North due to engine failure.

The Cessna 206 aircraft, which had two people on board, was transporting 22 kilogrammes of gold worth about $800 000.

One of the two people sustained minor injuries following the crash. By Auxillia Kanongomara-chronicle

Three family members from Borrowdale die in crash on holiday trip to Vic Falls at Insuza along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.


THREE family members died while three others were injured yesterday when a vehicle they were travelling in burst a front tyre and overturned at Insuza along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.

The accident occurred at the 71km peg at about 3.30PM.

Bulawayo Fire Brigade senior divisional officer Mr Linos Phiri yesterday said the car which was involved in the accident had six members of a Harare family on board who were travelling to Victoria Falls on holiday.

“Six family members from Borrowdale in Harare were on board the Toyota Hilux when its front tyre burst resulting in the car overturning at the 71km peg in Insuza along the Bulawayo- Victoria Falls highway.

“Three people died on the spot while three others were injured. One of the injured was trapped in the car and extricated by the Fire Brigade crew at about 4.30 PM,” said Mr Phiri.

He said those who died were aged 10, 12 and 30 years.

The injured were rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo.

The Insuza accident puts the road accident death toll to seven since New Year’s Day and 35 since Christmas Day.  Police had earlier yesterday said four people died in road traffic accidents on New Year’s Day. One hundred and eighty five crashes have occurred since December 25.

National Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, yesterday said although fewer deaths and accidents were recorded on January 1 this year compared to the same date last year, motorists should continue driving with caution.

“We recorded a total number of 67 accidents on New Year’s Day as compared to 81 on the same day last year. Four people died this year as compared to eight last year.

“The number of people injured on New Year’s Day were 23 as compared to 55 last year, while the number of vehicles impounded for defects and being unroadworthy also decreased from 125 to 94,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

He said three road traffic accidents occurred in Harare on the first day of 2017, claiming the four lives.

Chief Supt Nyathi emphasised the need for motorists to observe traffic rules and regulations and to be cautious on the country’s roads.

“Most accidents occurred between 12AM and 6AM. We reiterate that motorists should be careful when driving at night, avoid speeding and stop going through red robots,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development is on record saying 85 percent of accidents in the country were due to human error.

MPs listed 12 other causes of accidents in the country that include bad state of roads, speeding, drunken driving, fatigue, use of cellphones when driving and going through red robots.

The use of second hand tyres, stationary and defective vehicles as well as stray animals on the roads, inadequate road signage and markings as well as lack of traffic enforcement were also cited.

The committee said the government should increase fines charged for traffic offences so that they are deterrent and introduce traffic courts where routine offenders are charged and licences are endorsed or cancelled.

Pamela Shumba. source-chronicle

BULILIMA injiva died on the spot after his car collided head-on with Umusa Wenkosi Busand was dragged for 30metres


A BULILIMA injiva died on the spot after his car rammed head-on into a bus and was dragged for about 30 metres while he was on his way to Plumtree Town coming from his rural home in Diba area.

The car collided head-on with Umusa Wenkosi Bus that plies the route.

Witnesses said Power Ngwenya (37) remained trapped in his car underneath the bus for about seven hours before the Plumtree Town Council Fire Brigade team pulled the wreckage out.

Villagers said Ngwenya who works in South Africa had returned three days back to spend time with his family over the festive holiday.

Police spokesperson for Matabeleland South Province Inspector Philani Ndebele confirmed the incident which occurred on Friday along the Plumtree-Tjankwa Road.

He said Ngwenya failed to give way to the bus resulting in the head-on collision.

“There is an accident which occurred at the 13-kilometer peg along Plumtree-Tjankwa Road involving a bus and a small car where the driver of the small vehicle, Power Ngwenya died on the spot.

“Ngwenya approached a T-junction and failed to give way to the bus which resulted in the head-on collision and he died on the spot,” he said.

Insp Ndebele said the bus was coming from Bulawayo heading for Khame area in Bulilima with passengers on board while Ngwenya was coming from his rural home in Diba area going to Plumtree Town.

Insp Ndebele appealed to motorists to adhere to road regulations to avoid loss of life.

He also advised motorists to ensure their vehicles were roadworthy.

“This accident was caused by human error as most accidents which are recorded during this time of the year. I would like to appeal to motorists to ensure that they adhere to road regulations in order to avoid unnecessary loss of life especially during the festive season,” he said.source-Bulawayo24

Six feared dead after they were swept away pushing broken truck off flooded Chongwe Bridge in Chiredzi, 14 swam to safety



Six people are feared dead after they were swept away as they pushed a vehicle that was stuck in the middle of a bridge on a flooded river in Chiredzi.

The other 14 who were also pushing the same truck managed to swim to safety.

The police sub aqua team had by yesterday evening retrieved one body and is continuing with the search.

National police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident yesterday, which occurred at Chongwe Bridge in Chiredzi on Wednesday evening.

“On December 14, at about 8PM, a Mazda Titan truck was travelling along the Chiredzi-Maware Road towards Maware Ranch with 19 passengers on board. On trying to cross Chongwe Bridge, which was overflowing, the vehicle’s engine suddenly switched off in the middle of the bridge.

“The passengers went out in a bid to push the truck to the other side of the bridge. Suddenly the water levels rose resulting in six people being swept away,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

He said 14 people including the driver managed to swim to safety.

“So far one body has been retrieved from the stream and the police sub aqua team has intensified the search for the remaining bodies,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

He appealed to members of the public to desist from crossing flooded rivers.

“We all have to play our part in safeguarding life. This is a disturbing and unfortunate incident,’ he said.

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned of heavy rains and potential flooding in some parts of the country until December 22.

The MSD said heavy rains have already damaged property in some parts of the country including Hwange, Guruve and Chitungwiza.

Members of the public have been urged to continue monitoring the weather conditions.

The MSD has also warned members of the public against crossing flooded rivers.

—Pamela Shumba-source-chronicle.

President Jacob Zuma had to stop mid-speech when the tent he was in collapsed at a Day of Reconciliation event in Gopane


A fierce storm saw all news broadcasts cut and people stampeding out after the marquee’s top was lifted in the air by strong winds. Before the tent’s collapse, President Zuma was enjoying a warm reception from the crowd as he conducted a lengthy history lesson on various aspects of the holiday.

As he turned to the topic of Marikana, declaring, “The incident was painful and traumatic not only for the families but all South Africans”, the tent collapsed. President Zuma was subsequently removed from the venue by his bodyguards. – News24 

SEVEN cops seriously injured when their vehicle overturned as they rushed to attend to a mock plane crash Bulawayo airport.


SEVEN police officers were yesterday seriously injured when their vehicle veered off the road and overturned as they rushed to a mock plane crash scene at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo.


The accident occurred at about 11AM along Airport Road. It happened as panic reigned supreme in Bulawayo after the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe’s (CAAZ) reported a fake plane crash at about 9AM.  This was part of a drill to ascertain disaster preparedness and responsiveness of emergency teams.

Emergency sirens rang as ambulance services and the fire brigade teams sped to the usually quiet airport, about 20km north of the Bulawayo city centre.

Among them was a group of police officers who were in a Land Rover Defender.  Its driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road and overturned, throwing out the seven officers.  The injured officers were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital for treatment.

Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube could not immediately comment on the matter.

The story about the plane crash went viral on social media platforms, with some speculating that it was an Air Zimbabwe aircraft coming from Harare.

JMN International Airport manager Mr Passmore Dhewa confirmed the simulation exercise, saying it was important in the airport’s rankings as it is used to evaluate disaster preparedness.

“This is a basis even from the national and international perspective. We’ve auditors coming when we’ve airlines coming they take it up from there, seeing how safe is your aviation? We do these exercises regularly,” he said.

Mr Dhewa said in the exercise they invite the country’s emergency services who include the fire brigade, ambulance services and police.

He said the teams will be assessed based on the time they took to respond to the event.

“In fact we’ve up to seven and there’s a committee called ‘critique committee’ which is at the various points at hospitals, here at the crash scene and at any other point. So they’ve got members who’re filling what we call a critique form. After the exercise when we declare the exercise over they will come together to discuss, compile a report and we will meet to discuss the shortcomings, where we did well and how we can improve. They’re monitoring every agent that has responded,” he said.

He said part of the drill’s objective was to evaluate the media’s response and how it could efficiently spread information.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the airport there was thick smoke in the air, which a majority of people on social media took as confirmation that tragedy had struck.

This was followed by Mr Dhewa’s “confirmation” of the incident.

However, he denied the news crew access to the crash scene. “We’re reporting that there has been a crash at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport.  An aircraft, a Boeing 747 from Kenneth Kaunda Airport carrying 60 passengers and six crew members has crashed at the end of runway 02 which is our second runway. We don’t have many details as of now as rescue operations are underway . . . ,” said Mr Dhewa.

The Chronicle news crew was one of the first teams to arrive at the airport, beating ambulance and fire brigade teams that arrived minutes later. —Nqobile Tshili, source-Chronicle

A Zambian boeing 747 plane has reportedly crashed at Bulawayo Joshua Mqabuko airport which is roughly 20km from Bulawayo city



ZAMBIAN BOEING 747 CRASH: A Zambian boeing 747 plane has reportedly crashed at Bulawayo Joshua Mqabuko airport which is roughly 20km from Bulawayo city. There are reports of a huge plume of smoke seen billowing from the crash scene at the airport. It is no secret that Zimbabwe’s fire fighting ability is heavily limited by lack of water for the firefighting cews…more news to folow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. Source-Bulawayo24

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