2 Zimbabweans die in accident, Tanzania, after importing a car from Japan THE two Zimbabweans who died in a horrific car crash in Zambia on Sunday night while driving from Tanzania were third-year electrical engineering students on apprenticeship at the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company in Bulawayo.

24-year-old Reward Nkomo (PICTURED) of Gwanda and Nicholas Dube of Bulawayo died on the spot when an Alpha Romeo vehicle that Nkomo had just imported was involved in a head-on collision with a haulage truck outside the Tanzanian border between Tunduma and Chilenje towns about 500km away from the Zambian capital Lusaka.

Nkomo was said to be behind the wheel at the time of the accident. Nkomo and Dube, who were close friends, died on the spot from impact and were found trapped in the vehicle.

Nkomo's father Agrippa confirmed the death of his son saying they had been notified of the accident on Monday by Zimbabwean police.

"From the information we are gathering, it was a head-on collision and we hear part of that road is bad. However, we have not heard what happened to the truck driver," the elder Nkomo said.

He said representatives of Nkomo and Dube families were set to leave for Zambia yesterday to go and positively identify the boys' remains and bring them to Zimbabwe for burial. He said they were still trying to raise funds to transport the remains back to Zimbabwe.

"We are still trying to work out on how we can bring the deceased home. We are looking at leaving for Zambia today (yesterday), but we are still running around to raise transport funds. We have two options, either to drive our own vehicle into Zambia or alternatively hire a funeral parlour to ferry the bodies to the border where a local parlour will take over," Nkomo said.

He said about $4,000 was needed to transport the remains.

Most Zimbabweans have resorted to importing cheaper second-hand vehicles from Japan and the United Kingdom via Tanzania as it is relatively cheaper than using South Africa or Botswana, which have banned imported used vehicles on their roads.

My Zimbabwe News' editor, who has been to Tanzania several times said he had witnessed several accidents every time he went to Tanzania. He said drivers take a great risk of driving without having adequate rest as the journey is too long.

"It's about 2,300km from Dar-es-Salaam to Harare. When one goes to collect a car there he normally drives both during the day and night. So these guys might have been tired and feeling sleepy when the accident occurred. Haulage trucks and buses are not allowed to cross the border before 5am so I believe the haulage truck driver might have slept adequately. Also the road is bad especially several kilometres before reaching the border, which is the area where the accident occurred. At times you are forced to travel on the right lane because the road is bad, and that puts vehicles at risk of having a head-on collision. Every time I have been to Tanzania I would always witness an accident, some of them being fatal," he said.




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khumbula
0 # khumbula 2014-07-17 08:32
rest in peace Nicho sizokukhumbula jaha elibanzi
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sunshine
0 # sunshine 2014-07-17 10:36
Ishe gamuchirai mweya yavo nokunyaradza mhuri dzavo.
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True Kepekepe
0 # True Kepekepe 2014-07-17 10:38
ones look as a joke!) ,you then have to endure another 250-300kms of narrow road. The 250kms or so with narrow road has serious curves and steep slopes. Maximum concentration is required till you get to Chilenge....it gets better from Chilenje. From Mukushi onwards its ok.

One thing that one needs to avoid, if its your first time, is getting into a convoy with 'hired-drivers' ! The 'hired-drivers' make a living out of collecting and delivering cars from Tanzania and these guys are speed maniacs! These guys know the terrain and they are very experienced and they fly boy!They want to complete the journey in the shortest possible time so that they quickly return for another collection. So the danger comes when you join their convoy and you get tempted to keep-up with them!

Its not out of place to see these 'flying merchants' doing 160km/hr or more.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-07-17 10:45
Quoting True Kepekepe:
ones look as a joke!) ,you then have to endure another 250-300kms of narrow road. The 250kms or so with narrow road has serious curves and steep slopes. Maximum concentration is required till you get to Chilenge....it gets better from Chilenje. From Mukushi onwards its ok.

One thing that one needs to avoid, if its your first time, is getting into a convoy with 'hired-drivers'! The 'hired-drivers' make a living out of collecting and delivering cars from Tanzania and these guys are speed maniacs! These guys know the terrain and they are very experienced and they fly boy!They want to complete the journey in the shortest possible time so that they quickly return for another collection. So the danger comes when you join their convoy and you get tempted to keep-up with them!

Its not out of place to see these 'flying merchants' doing 160km/hr or more.


True. These Tamanga-boys are dangerous.
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True Kepekepe
0 # True Kepekepe 2014-07-17 10:43
Mr Editor is correct....a lot of people driving from Tanzania to Zimbabwe do not get sufficient rest. They set targets that are very demanding.

Also as rightfully pointed out by the Editor the road from Tunduma up to Chilenje is not good; after enduring an extremely dangerous and a pot-holed infested 100-150kms stretch(the pot-holes will make local ones look as a joke!)

(sorry cut and paste gone wrong! The first part of the previous post should be as above).
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reshown
0 # reshown 2014-07-17 16:03
RIP guys. If only our economy would allow us to buy cars locally.
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base
0 # base 2014-07-17 16:44
RiP young boys ....it's so sad
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Joyful Mapipi
0 # Joyful Mapipi 2014-07-17 19:12
never thought we cld meet and be so close and lose u guyz jst lyk ths. we had a wonderful tym together in 2011. will alwayz remember u Reward and Nicholas. May ur souls rest in eternal peace. Gone so young, may the Lord be with ur families. Tingachema sei asi Mwari ndivo munyaradzi, tinyaradzei baba
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Auntie E
0 # Auntie E 2014-07-17 20:08
Its a sad thing to happen. Gone very early. May u rest in peace. Friendship till death.. Will be sadly missed boys. Again RlP. Tete
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Mlondolozi Ndlovu
0 # Mlondolozi Ndlovu 2014-07-18 09:39
Gone too soon guys. May your souls rest in peace.
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Henry Maviva
0 # Henry Maviva 2014-07-18 20:43
May their souls rest in peace, we will always remember you guys. UNkulunkulu nguye owaziyo.
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Ben
0 # Ben 2015-05-09 15:28
its nearly a year since l lost u bra/frend lwill miss u to the bits may your soul rest in peace. c u on the flip side of life
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Kudakwashe Gandanzar
0 # Kudakwashe Gandanzar 2015-09-22 16:38
Shame may they are souls rest in eternal peace, i also came on Saturday the 19th but i give credit to God, i also slept and found myself on the Yellow right lane.
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SIR TALENT
0 # SIR TALENT 2015-09-22 17:28
Its all about God's time and wilĺ that we cant opposse .

WE JUST PRAY THAT MAY THE HOLYSPIRIT COMFORT THEIR FAMILIES in this sad and difficult time.
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