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Marondera accident victims granted State-assisted burials

Story by ZBC News Reporter

Government through the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has granted state-assisted burials to the five people who perished in a road traffic accident along the Harare – Mutare highway on Wednesday morning.

Following Wednesday’s fatal accident which claimed five lives and left several people injured in Marondera, the government has moved in to assist in the burial of accident victims.

This Thursday, a delegation led by Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Applonia Munzverengwi visited the accident site along the Harare-Mutare Highway as well as Marondera General Hospital where some victims are receiving treatment.

“Government has taken over all the expenses to be incurred by all those injured. For the deceased, the government is taking care of the funeral expenses, and we are working very closely with the Insurance Council and Zimbabwe. On that note want to also take this opportunity to urge all operators to have passenger insurance cover,” said CPU chief director, Mr Nathan Nkomo.

Minister Munzverengwi urged all motorists to exercise caution and respect the sanctity of life.

“On behalf of His Excellency and on behalf of the Mashonaland East family, I would like to send our condolences to the bereaved families. My message to drivers all over Zimbabwe is, let us be cautious while driving. The festive season is not yet over, we do not want to continue losing our loved ones through accidents.”

Marondera Provincial Medical Superintendent, Dr Samson Pomo said the hospital is now left with seven admitted patients.

“From a total of 40 people, we are now left with 7. Three were transferred to Chitungwiza Hospital while 30 were discharged yesterday.”

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has since released the names of four of the five accident victims who were identified by their next of kin.

The victims are Kunaishe Madyira (7), Dudzai Teta (49), Sandukai Kamuriwo (50) and Rudo Chinyakobvu (60).

Meanwhile, three people have died in yet another road traffic accident involving a commuter omnibus at Eleven Miles near Chinhoyi along the Harare-Chirundu Road this Thursday.

In a statement released by the Zimbabwe Republic Police on their X handle, the commuter omnibus vehicle veered off the road and overturned once before landing on its wheels.

11 passengers were injured and referred to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital for medical attention.

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