- Published on 30 April 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
Victims of Vazungu Bus accident that killed six people on the spot in Honde valley will be compensated.
An official with the bus company said his company was moving from household to household assisting the bereaved families and some with medical bills.
"We feel for the bereaved families. We are with them as they mourn their beloved ones. We are also hearty for those nursing injuries. It is our company policy to assist. the victims," said the official who was only identified as Aleck.
He said proprietor Benjamin Chikwana went to Nyanga to visit some of the victims who were still in hospital and others who were hospitalised in Mutare.
"We will assist the victims and we are actually assisting them but they are just scattered all over so it is our policy that we visit each household identifying the needs so that we can help them," added Aleck.
He said today they will visit some victims in Harare and Chitungwiza. He added that insurance claims took a bit long making them chip in to help with what they can as the victims process their cl;aims with the insurance company.
"The victims will also have to claim compensation from insurance because the bus was insured. But it takes a bit long that is why we are chipping in to help with what we can now," he said.
The Vazungu bus crashed in Mutasa on 17 April at around 10pm while ferrying Freedom in Christ International Church members to an Easter gathering at Gatsi, Honde Valley near Bonda Mission. Six people died on the spot, while 63 were injured, 11 of them seriously.
Acting Manicaland Traffic co-ordinator Chief Inspector Cyprian Mukahanana attributed the accident to speeding. He said police were yet to locate the driver who fled after the accident.
"The driver disappeared from the scene soon after the accident. Efforts to trace his whereabouts are being frustrated by his employers who are not helpful. It is almost a week since the accident happened and we are not making any headway to interview the driver," he said.
Church members who were at the scene of the accident last Friday morning said the driver was speeding and failed to negotiate the sharp bend near Nyamazi River.