DANGAMVURA-CHIKANGA legislator Esau Mupfumi (Zanu PF) has urged government to fast-track policies that will see commuter omnibuses confined to short distances, preferably urban routes, as they had increased road carnage on major highways.
Mupfumi made the call yesterday in the wake of a horrific head-on collision that claimed 15 lives along the Mutare-Chimanimani Road last Friday.
The accident involved a Toyota Regius vehicle travelling to Chipinge, which burst its tyres and encroached into the lane of a Mutare-bound Nissan Caravan commuter omnibus.
Although the accident has been declared a national disaster, Mupfumi assisted the bereaved families with caskets, transport and other financial support.
Ten of the deceased people were from his constituency. Addressing mourners yesterday, Mupfumi said: “I would like to thank the government for declaring the accident a national disaster. From the 15 people who died, 10 are from my constituency, and the majority of them had no funeral policies. So I had to assist them with caskets, transport and other small things.
“I was assisting anyone regardless of where they were coming from. But the other issue is that government had earlier said that commuter omnibuses should travel short distances only, but they are travelling long distances.
“I think the government should have policies which will see commuter omnibuses travelling short distances only because they are causing bloodshed on our roads.”
Meanwhile, the victims have been identified as Tsverukai Dhliwayo, Norman Mhere Jnr, Nyasha Dhliwayo, Nyasha Marumbiro, Boniface Chitiyo, Nancy Munhatu, Violet Muponda, Nicodemus Nezomba, Tatenda Felix Makono, Gladstone Makwezera, Tivakudze Simbarashe, Lovemore Chinemauya, Robson Madora, Cloud Masvikeni and Kingstone Tome.