Nine more bus crash victims identified

HARARE - Zimbabwean police on Tuesday identified nine more passengers who perished in a fatal road accident involving Zupco and Pioneer buses  along the Harare-Nyamapanda road on Sunday.

The nine were identified as Joice Masanga, a 74-year-old female of number 5225 Unit ‘E’, Seke in Chitungwiza,;, Monica Mapona, a female (34) of ZRP Tomlinson Depot in Harare; Belief Mapona, a female minor (5) of ZRP Tomlinson Depot in Harare; Tendai Round, a male minor (4) of 10088 Glenwood Park in Harare.

Agnes Sakurangaranga, a female (29),, of Katsvairo Village, Chief Chimoyo in Mutoko; Beauty Hungwa, a female (26) of 120 Overspill in Epworth in Harare; Winnet Chinomona, a female (11) of Rukawu Secondary School in Mutoko; Sheilla Charehwa, a female (20) of 1189 Waverly in Kadoma; and Rutendo Katsande, a female (24) of 10088 Epworth in Harare.

Vengai Chinyama lost his wife, Nyaradzo Chihowa and three children, a son Tafadzwa (12) and twins Tanaka and Tashinga.

Police had earlier on Monday identified Nyaradzo Chihowa (32), Sylvester Mudzengerere (14), Belinda Mutize (18), Lydia Nyakabau (17), Patrick Mupemhi (30), Nyasha Matika (45), Lovejoy Chabota (45), Munashe Mudzengerere (17), Tawengwa Matyora (10), Fortunate Mukunyere (9), Movert Chikata (6), Lucia Chababa (12), Agnes Sakurangoma (26), and Tafadzwa (12), Tanaka (7) and Tashinga (7) - all from the Chinyama family.

Six survivors are still admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital, police said.

“As the Zimbabwe Republic Police, we continue to appeal to the motoring public to exercise extreme caution on the roads, avoid speeding and the use of defective vehicles,” police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said.

The accident, which claimed 26 lives and left 45 people injured, was declared a state of disaster by the acting President Emerson Mnangagwa on Monday.

The affected families will receive a coffin, $200 each and transport to help with burial arrangements, according to Ignatius Chombo.

    Comments (1)

    Dai Mwari mapindira! Imagine 26 lives at one go! Its so painful especially to the affected families. To the deceased "May your souls rest in Peace".

    Grieved Mother - 21 January 2015

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