Parliament calls for road carnage fund

HARARE - Members of Parliament have called on government to create a Special Purpose Fund to cater for victims of road accidents.

The motion was moved by Zanu PF Mutoko West legislator Ricky Mawere. He said the road victims were being neglected by government. He was seconded by  Samos Mukanduri, the Zanu PF MP for Zaka East.

Mawere said he was saddened by the death of 26 passengers in a road accident along the Harare-Nyamapanda road in his constituency on January 18.

Police investigations revealed that the driver of the Pioneer bus lost control and encroached onto the opposite lane, resulting in a collision with a Zupco bus, which was travelling towards Mutoko.

He moved the motion as it emerged that only $8 was paid to the bus accident survivors.

“The incidents of road carnage along the same road have been prevalent over the years as far back as the Chivake bus accident in November 1989,” Mawere said.

“I am concerned that such accidents cause unbearable losses and sufferings to victims and their families.

“Such critical support in times of disaster needs to be complemented by a Special Purpose Fund which would cater for such eventualities and serve to raise the levels of disaster preparedness for the benefit of our communities.”

Then Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the accident a National Disaster and  recommended that the Civil Protection Unit  renders assistance to bereaved families.

Bereaved families were given a coffin, $200 and transport to carry the deceased for burial.

About 50 people were admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital with varying injuries after the fatal accident. While those who died received State assistance, government has not helped the injured survivors who are now battling to meet medical bills.

There are also reports that hospital staff were reluctant to attend to the injured without a guarantee that they would be paid for their services.

An accident victim, Tinashe, 14, detained in hospital with neck injuries said his son was given $8 ($3 for transport and $5 for foodstuffs).

Mawere said that government had to direct all public transporters to have comprehensive insurance and enforce all traffic laws without fear or favour.

Comments (2)

And pray do tell where is all this money coming from ?

ZIms - 9 February 2015

Road Carnage Fund- available for looting as usual!! The practice is entrenched in Zimbabwe fiscal policy.

Mukanya - 9 February 2015

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