Police have released some names of those who died in yesterday's accident, which has since been declared a national disaster.

The accident, whose death toll has since risen to 26, occurred along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway yesterday and it involved a ZUPCO and Unifreight, now Pioneer, buses.

Those who perished in the accident are:

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),
Tafadzwa (12),
Tanaka (7)
and Tashinga (7) all form the Chinyama family.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Service and National Housing, Dr Ignatius Chombo confirmed government's decision to declare the accident a national disaster.

He said this when he visited those injured at Parirenyatwa hospital, in the company of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Obert Mpofu.  

So far, 13 of the injured are still admitted at Parirenyatwa hospital with three said to be in a critical condition.    

Dr Mpofu expressed concern on the continued road carnage, saying government will in the next few days review the maximum speed limit pending the on-going rehabilitation of the country's roads.

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+1#nobz2015-01-19 20:44
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0#Solo2015-01-19 21:08
This is a sorry sight. Rest in peace!

There is too much police presence on our roads. The reality of the situation is that transportation companies uses what is called "transit time" to do business. If it costs 30 minutes per road block with an uncountable number of road blocks per 50km stretch, it means that drivers will use speed to cover up lost time. In any case why does it take a police officer 55 minutes to writE a ticket for a missing rear reflector?

Speed cameras can be used to curb speeding and all those police officers manning roadblocks daily removed. South Africa for example has plenty traffic but they don't mount plenty roadblocks like Zim.
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0#offtopic2015-01-20 06:16
anti police members are a problem. why police iro pioneer rakapinda mu oncoming lane. kuvenga police kwako ngakurege kuti uite wrong judgment. may their souls RIP
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+1#Marl2015-01-20 08:20
The problem in this case is not the speed. Yes it contributed, but there is an urgent need for the widening of the roads themselves. Have you seen two heavy vehicles passing each other on some of our roads, they damn well near side swipe each other. Whilst the ideal of dualisation ought to be tabled and acted upon as a national emergency, i applaud the strategy used in some South African roads where they simply dualise in the most critical area.
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