- Published: 21 January 2015
- Written by Staff Reporter
POLICE have released all the names of the 26 people who perished when a Pioneer bus reportedly side-swiped a Zupco bus at the 35km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda Highway on Sunday, with the majority being juveniles from Mutoko and Harare.
Among the deceased were the two bus drivers Nyasha Matika (45), the Zupco driver, and Lovejoy Chabota (45) of Pioneer Unifreight.
Munashe Mudzengere (17) from Mbare;
Tawengwa Matyora (10) from Chief Chimoio, Mutoko;
Fortunate Kuyere (9) from Kadyamusungwa village, Chief Chimoio in Mutoko;
Movert Chikata (6) from Hwanya village, Mutoko;
Lucia Chabata (12) of Hwanya village;
Agnes Sakurangana (26) from Katsvairo village, Chief Nyachoma, Mutoko;
siblings Tafadzwa (12), Tanaka (7), Tashinga Chinyama (7) all from Johanne village, Chief Mutoko;
Nyaradzo Chihowa (32) from Johanne village;
Sylvester Mudzengerere (14) from Mbare;
Berlinda Mutize (18) from Unit N, Chitungwiza;
Lydia Nyakabau (17) from Hatfield, Harare
Patrick Mupemi (30) from Msasa Camp, Harare.
Police have also released the names of the other nine deceased.
These are Joyce Masanga (74), Monica Mapona (34), Belief Mapona (5), Tendai Round (4), Agnes Sakurangaranga (29), Beauty Hungwa (26), Winnet Chinomona (11), Sheilla Charehwa (20) and Rutendo Katsande (24).
The casualty toll rose to 26 following the death of another crash victim at Parirenyatwa Hospital after being admitted there. 23 people are said to have died on the spot.
Government has since declared the accident a national disaster and announced plans to reduce the speed limits on the country's major roads to minimise road carnage.
Speaking to journalists after visiting some of the crash survivors at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Transport minister Obert Mpofu said speed limits would be further reduced in light of the bad state of most of the country's highways.
"Our roads have become death traps, there is urgent need to address the state of the roads. It is necessary for the government to adjust the road speed limits in view of their poor state. We continue to urge motorists to drive with caution and try to avoid loss of human life," Mpofu said.