The president of the Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has expressed his condolences to the families of victims who perished in an accident involving two buses at Rusape .
“This accident which we at PAZ hope will soon be declared a national disaster or tragedy has up to now reportedly claimed 47 lives,” said Paz president Tafadzwa Goliat.”At PAZ we urge all motorists especially those ferrying public commuters or passengers to exercise extreme caution on our roads to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
“We also urge the responsible authorities to see to it that our roads are in good state to minimize accidents,” he said.
Similar sentiments were said by SA oresident Cyril Ramaphosa, who sent his condolences to the people and Government of Zimbabwe following the deadly head on collision of buses that claimed 47 lives.
Forty-seven people comprising 45 adults and two children died on Wednesday while 70 others were critically injured when two buses along the Harare-Mutare highway collided head-on.
“On behalf of the people of South Africa, we send our deepest condolences to the Zimbabwean Government particularly the families who lost their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and we wish you (people of Zimbabwe) strength during this time of grief,” said Ramaphosa.
He appealed to motorists travelling between the two neighbouring countries to always exercise caution on the roads to avoid carnage, which he said had robbed families of their breadwinners.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa also sent a message of condolences to families who lost their loved ones.
The President said he learnt with deep sadness of the death of 47 people last night, adding that the loss of so many lives in just one traffic incident raise serious questions about the behaviour being exhibited on the country’s roads, especially that of public transport operators.