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ZRP urges drivers to exercise caution on the roads

Story by Peter Chivhima

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned drivers to desist from errant behaviour in the wake of an increase in fatal road traffic accidents.

The nation was this Tuesday plunged into mourning after 22 people perished in a road traffic accident involving a Toyota Quantum and a haulage truck along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Highway near the Khandweni Store in Esigodini.

This and other road traffic accidents which occurred recently have seen the ZRP joining hands with key stakeholders to curb road carnage.

“I wish to say that the festive season is upon us. It is therefore important that I take this opportunity on behalf of the Zimbabwe Republic Police to urge the nation, especially all motorists and pedestrians to exercise extreme caution on the roads. Let us all join hands in putting an end to carnage on our roads. Always remember not to drink and drive. We are also saying no to speeding. It is imperative that we all respect the sanctity of life. Towards this end, the Zimbabwe Republic Police together with other stakeholders such as the Vehicle Inspection Department and Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council shall be highly visible on all major roads enforcing traffic rules and regulations,” said Commissioner General Matanga

Commissioner General Matanga said this during a briefing and debriefing of United Nations Peacekeeping mission officers in Harare this Thursday.

He said, “Let me hasten to say that I am aware that the duty of peacekeeping has its challenges. You saw first-hand, the terrible consequences of war. As you recounted your experiences, it left vivid images in our minds that you were dedicated to ensuring that the people of South Sudan enjoy the same peace that we have here in Zimbabwe. It is also clear that while your duties placed you in harm’s way, such experience no doubt, engraved in you the virtues of self-sacrifice, justice and morality even as you join your peers and colleagues at the various workstations.”

Zimbabwe has in the past proved to be a force to reckon with on peacekeeping missions, with Major Winnet Zharare becoming the first Zimbabwean to receive the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate Award in 2021.

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