Editorial 2017 “Who is responsible for Road Safety?”
Crash News AFRICA 2017
Uganda: Nine killed in Masaka road accident
The injured victims were rushed to Gombe hospital.
The wreckage of a taxi. PHOTO: Simon Ssekidde
Nine people have been confirmed dead and nine others seriously injured in a fatal accident at Kalandaazi, Buwama Sub County in Mpigi district on the Masaka –Kampala highway.
The accident involved a commuter taxi registration number UAW 171W that was heading to Kampala from Masaka and a Toyota Premio registration number UAM 215B heading in the opposite direction.
According to the eyewitnesses, the accident happened at about 4:30pm on Sunday when the speeding commuter taxi which was overtaking other vehicles failed to break, its tyre burst and it rammed into a Toyota premio. The taxi swerved off the road and overturned several times and the Toyota Premio plunged into a nearby swamp. The injured victims with broken limbs were rushed to Gombe hospital in Butambala district. Mpigi district Police Commander, Ahamad Kimera Sseguya said police were yet to identify the deceased and the survivors.
Last week, while officiating at the marathon to mobilize funds to build a ward for accident victims at Nkozi hospital, the speaker of Parliament Rebecca kadaga appealed to all motorists on Masaka – Kampala highway to be disciplined and avoid speeding.
Kalandazi where the accident happened is listed as a death corridor on the Masaka-Kampala highway and it has been a scene of many fatal accidents. The Uganda traffic police are manning check points under what is described as the Fiika Salama operation meant to deal with errant drivers. One of the check points is at Kalandazi The ill fated taxi had just passed the check when the accident occurred.
Ghana: Deputy Speaker insults critics of prepaid towing
25th June 2017
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, has described as narrow-minded, arguments against the mandatory towing fee for all vehicle owners, which will be paid to the owners of Zoomlion Waste Management Company, with the state getting next to nothing, in a scheme which empowers the Ghana Police Service, to be at their extortion best to secure 5 percent of the sum collected for Zoomlion.
The insults by Joe Osei-Owusu, former Chief Executive Officer of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), was reaction to calls by the public for the law to be scrapped, as it amounts to daylight robbery.
As boss of DVLA, Osei-Owusu, championed and got the roadworthy responsibility under the Authority privatized, putting money in the pockets of private individuals, who could build and acquire licenses for that purpose. The privatization process, denied the state-owned DVLA its revenue base, as it only get a paltry sum from the private garages.
He is again championing this venture for Zoomlion’s Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL) to cream money from the poor taxi drivers, Trotro drivers and other car owners, into deep pocket individuals, who will push any agenda no matter the cost, so long as their financial interests prevail.
In a Citi News interview, Mr. Osei-Owusu, who readily uses insults and strong language in making his points, argued that, the policy was in the supreme interest of road users, after research showed that a huge number of road accidents are caused by broken down vehicles.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) was expected to begin a nationwide towing programme in July 2017, to ensure that all vehicles that breakdown on highways are cleared off the roads. For this reason, drivers were required to pay a road safety fee ranging between GH¢10 and GH¢200 in addition to their road worthy certification fees.
40 Ghana cedi = 10 US dollars
Commercial vehicles and taxes will pay GH¢40, mini buses will pay GH¢80, while heavy duty trucks will pay between GH¢80 and GH¢200 annually, depending on their tonnage. Non-commercial vehicles are expected to pay GH¢20. The Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL) has already acquired some 118 trucks ahead of the implementation, for the exercise.
Kenya: 5 die
25th June 2017
A family in Voi is mourning the death of five family members in a road crash that yet again highlights the country’s unacceptably high traffic death rate. And even though the transport and safety authority says the road accident deaths have reduced compared to last year, the lower numbers are anything but comforting to those who have lost their loved ones.
Five people from one family perished early Friday in a road accident along Voi Mwatate road. The deceased were transporting the body of their relative for burial in Wundanyi when the accident occurred.
Multiple vehicle collision leaves 2 dead, 7 injured
24th June 2017 James de Villiers, News24
Johannesburg – Two people were killed and seven injured in a multiple vehicle collision on the R21 northbound before the Atlas turn off in Benoni on Saturday morning, paramedics said.
It is understood that one driver had swerved to avoid a pedestrian running across the road, causing a truck to jump the centre medium and veer into oncoming traffic, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement. In total, two large trucks and three light vehicles collided.
When paramedics arrived on scene a man and elderly women were found dead in their vehicles. They sustained multiple injuries and unfortunately nothing could be done for them, Meiring said. The seven other patients were treated at the scene for moderate injuries before being taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment.
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigation.
One person has been confirmed dead and 17 others seriously injured after a minibus in which they were travelling got a tyre burst and overturned in Fort Portal District.
The victims were mourners travelling from Rwimi to Kamwenge.
Rwenzori East police public relations officer, Lydia Tumushabe said the accident happened on Saturday afternoon at Rurama along Fort Portal-Kamwenge road. The injured were rushed to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital. The wreckage of the vehicle, registration number UAU 116G was towed to Fort Portal police as investigations continue.
This is the second fatal accident witnessed in the District in less than a week. On Tuesday (June 20, 2017) another accident claimed the lives of two people and left 33 others seriously injured.
In the accident which happened on Tuesday, eye witnesses told this reporter on that the Fuso truck, registration number UAS 065B, which was carrying mourners from Bulungu along Fort-Kasese road, heading to Kansenene-Harugongo in Busoro Sub-county scratched another car. However, the driver tried to speed off but failed to negotiate a sharp corner along Kakiza road. He lost control of the truck which fell on its left side thereby killing two on spot.
Woman hit by car, dies
An unidentified woman was fatally hit by a Toyota Land Cruiser at Koala along Chitungwiza highway today.
It is unclear how the accident happened.
Ghana: IGP’s vehicle in near-fatal accident
22nd June 2017
The badly mangled Toyota Landcruiser cross country vehicle driven by Chief Inspector John Ankomah, crashed into a KIA Rhino truck at about 9:20pm, at Nkawanda No. 2 near Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region. The truck with registration number GW 1756 and driven by 28-year-old Alhassan Kipo, was carting fertilizer from Accra to Tamale when the IGP’s vehicle also registered GP 1, rammed into it.
Another passenger onboard the IGP’s vehicle named only as Corporal Ntiful together with the driver, sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw for treatment. The Eastern Regional police have initiated investigations into what may have caused the near-fatal crash.
IGP, David Asante Apeatu The IGP, who was not onboard the vehicle at the time of the incident, is in the Ashanti Region attending the National Police Command Conference taking place in Kumasi.
The two day conference, which is under the theme “Transforming Ghana Police Service into a world class police- the role of Regional Police Commanders” seeks to brainstorm the work of the Ghana Police Service as an effective law enforcement agency. It is being attended by senior police officers, including all commissioners, deputy commissioners, regional and district commanders, among others.
Intercape bus in road accident
22nd June 2017
A Johannesburg bound Intercape bus is reported to have hit four cattle at Neshuro turn off last night.
An eyewitness who sent Bulawayo24.com the photo below said: “All passengers are safe but the driver is alleged to have sustained minor injuries.”
Human error caused 72% of traffic accidents in 2016: CAPMAS
By: Egypt Today staff 22nd June 2017
CAIRO – 20 June 2017: Seventy-two percent of traffic accidents in Egypt occur due to human error, according to CAPMAS figures released Tuesday. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a press release with the statistics of car and train accidents in 2016.
The total number of accidents rose by 1.1 percent in 2016 to record 14,710 accidents resulting in 5,343 deaths, 18,646 injuries and 21,089 damaged vehicles.
August and July had the highest number of accidents in 2016, 9.5 percent and 9.3 percent of the total number of accidents, respectively. Human error accounted for 72 percent of accidents. Technical problems in vehicles caused 18.2 percent of accidents and road problems accounted for 3.1 percent.
Daily road fatalities decreased in 2016 to an average of 14.6 deaths daily in 2016 after an average 16.9 deaths daily in 2015, and daily injuries decreased from 52.9 in 2015 to 51.1 in 2016. Death rates on inter-governorate roads fell by 18.3 percent to a total of 4,381 in 2016, and the injury rate also declined by 3.5 percent to 14,649 total injuries.
Highway deaths, however, rose significantly by 14.7 percent from the previous year recording, 962 highway deaths in 2016. Fatalities among 25- to 44-year-olds declined by 2.7 percent to a total 354 in 2016, representing 36.8 percent of all traffic accident-related fatalities.
Train accidents increased by 1.1 percent recording 1,249 cases. There were 62 train accident related fatalities, which is higher than 2015 by 44.2 percent, and 164 injuries, an increase of 65.7 percent.
Egypt recorded 14,548 traffic accidents in 2015.The crashes resulted in 6,203 deaths, injured 19,325 people and damaged 19,116 vehicles, according to the CAPMAS statement. “63.3 percent of accidents on highways in 2015 were due to human error, followed by technical issues with vehicles causing 22.9 percent,” read the statement.
Ghana: 6 killed 8 injured in car accident at Wansama
22nd June 2017
Six traders died on the spot at Wansama, a village in between Mumuni Camp and Samreboi in the Amenfi West District when a Kia Rhino truck transporting them veered off into a River.
Eight other victims who sustained various degrees of injuries are on admission and receiving treatment at the Samartex hospital in Samreboi. The deceased who are yet to be identified include a male and five females.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Atta Sarfo, Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) Commander in charge of Asankrangwa district who confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency said the incident happened at 1730 hours when the Kia Rhino truck with registration number AS 8772-10 was returning to Wassa Akropong from Wansama with the traders and their foodstuffs.
He explained that the deceased hail from Kumasi in the Ashanti region and were from the ages of 22 and 40 years. ASP Sarfo said the bodies had been deposited at the Enchi government hospital morgue in the Aowin district for the autopsy.
Namibia: Truck driver dies in accident
News – National 21st June 2017 by Netumbo Nekomba
A TRUCK driver died on the spot while a passenger was injured after the vehicle overturned 20 kilometres from the Mururani checkpoint between 20h00 and 21h00 on Sunday night.
The truck, belonging to Nel Snel Transport at Omaruru, was transporting more than 100 boxes of fish from Walvis Bay to the Democratic Republic of Congo when the accident happened on the Grootfontein-Mururani road.
Constable Gabriel Lukas, a traffic officer at the Mururani checkpoint, said he suspects that the driver fell asleep behind the wheel. “From my observation, he might have been sleeping. There was no other vehicle involved in the accident.
He had a passenger, but the passenger survived, although he complained of internal pains,” said Lukas. The passenger, Warren Ruben van Wyk (20), was rushed to Grootfontein State Hospital in an ambulance.
Road accidents: 36 killed, 1505 injured in one week
21st June 2017
ALGIERS- Thirty-six people have been killed and 1505 others injured in 1337 road traffic accidents during the period between 11 and 17 June, the Civil Protection said Tuesday in a statement.
Uganda: Police report
20th June 2017
Kampala businessman SK Mbuga hospitalised after nasty accident
20th June 2017
The wreckage of the motorbike on which SK Mbuga was riding before the accident. Courtesy photo
Job Bwire | Daily Monitor
Flamboyant Ugandan businessman and socialite Sulaiman Kabangala Mbuga commonly referred to as SK Mbuga was on Sunday rushed to hospital in critical condition after being involved in a motorbike accident. Mr Mbuga, one of the members of Rich Gang crew was going to his home in Buziga, an upscale Kampala suburb when he got the accident. The motorbike he was riding was damaged beyond repair.There had been rumours circulating on social media that he had died.
“He was involved in an accident near his home in Buziga. He is in hospital and out of danger. I should say he’s quite okay because he’s improving fast,” Mr Gashumba said when contacted.According to him, Mr Mbuga had just bought the motorbike and was test-riding it when the accident happened.
Mugabe orders ‘only’ 4 roadblocks per province
The Zimbabwe Republic Police will from next week unveil standard roadblocks of at least four per province, as Government responds to concerns raised by tourists and motorists regarding the prevalence of police on the roads.
Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said yesterday that he had directed the Commissioner General of Police Augustine Chihuri to remove all unnecessary roadblocks to ensure hassle free travelling.
Dr Chombo, who was accompanied by his deputy Obedingwa Mguni, was giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development chaired by Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF).
He said Government would soon unveil an electronic traffic management system that would integrate all transport stakeholders like the police, Vehicle Inspection Department, Zimbabwe National Roads Administration, Road Motor Transport and Central Vehicle Registry to bring to an end to traffic management challenges.
“We have told the Commissioner General of Police to reduce or remove all unnecessary roadblocks and leave the necessary ones,” said Dr Chombo.
Namibia: Two die in car crash near Swakop
News – National | 2017-06-19 by Adam Hartman
WRITE-OFF… The bakkie was a complete wreck.
TWO days after three people died on Erongo roads, two more were killed and one was seriously injured after a truck and bakkie collided near Swakopmund today.
The accident happened about 30 kilometres from Swakopmund at around 12h30.Those who died are the truck driver and a passenger in the bakkie.Although details are sketchy, Swakopmund fire chief Adri Goosen who was at the scene when The Namibian contacted him said it was a head-on collision.
Kenya: Passengers hit most in accidents
19th June 2017
Passengers continue to take the heaviest toll from road carnage even as National Transport and Safety Authority data shows a decline in deaths and injuries through road accidents.
Comparative data for the first six months of 2016 and 2017 show that overall death on the road has dropped by 9.6 per cent from the 1,457 recorded last year to 1,366 recorded as at June 14.
The data show that 21 more passengers have died since January rising to 342 compared to 321 last year. However, the number of drivers who died from the accidents fell 18.7 per cent.
Three students die in dawn road accident
By Ben Ahenda and Mercy Kahenda 19th June 2017
[Photo: Kipsang Joseph, Standard]
The wreckage of a bus belonging to Lokichar Secondary School at the Kaptimbor blackspot on the Kabarnet-Iten road. Three people died on the spot and several others injured after the bus rolled downhill. Three students died on the spot after their school bus rolled several times at a blackspot two kilometres from Kabarnet town.
Six other students are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at the St Luke Hospital in Eldoret where they were transferred to from Kabarnet County Hospital. The accident occurred Friday at the Kaptimbor blackspot on the Iten-Kabarnet highway at 6am when the bus veered off the road and rolled downhill. Baringo Police Commandant Peter Ndung’u said the bus hit a guard rail and rolled several times before landing in a ditch. The roof of the school bus was ripped off on impact, with students’ personal effects strewn all over the scene.
Spinal injuries The 66-seater bus belonging to Lokichar Secondary School in Turkana County had 52 occupants — the driver, his assistant, four teachers and 46 students. Other injured students were rushed to Baringo County Hospital. The hospital’s Superintendent Dr Stephen Kalya said the students taken to ICU were stable. “They had abdominal and spinal injuries, which required special attention and treatment, but they are stable and out of danger,” he told reporters at a press conference attended by Rift Valley Region Director of Education Mrs Mary Gaturu and Baringo County Executive for Health Dr Andrew Kwanyike. The injured were attended to by intern nurses due to the ongoing nurses’ strike.
The students were on their way back to school from the Rift Valley Secondary Schools Term Two B Games at Kabarnet High School. The Turkana County team had just been eliminated from the games.
Mugabe’s govt, police, drivers liable for the horror accidents
A fortnight ago, Zimbabweans woke up to the tragic news that 43 people had perished and 23 others seriously injured when a Zambia-bound King Lion bus veered off the road and hit a tree along the Harare-Chirundu high way.
The accident that happened in the Nyamakate area near Karoi revived calls for government to ban night driving for public transport vehicles and raised questions about the effectiveness of the many police roadblocks on the country’s roads.
Former Finance minister Tendai Biti took to Twitter to express his outrage over the unchecked road carnage and invited relatives of the people who died in the accident and survivors to contact his law firm with a view to fight for their rights in the courts.
Biti (TB) who described Zimbabwe’s road carnage, where an estimated 1 700 people died on the roads annually, while 30 000 are injured as soft genocide, told our reporter Obey Manayiti (OM) that he is gathering evidence before taking the government to court.
He believes the government, police, drivers and insurance companies are liable for the accidents and , therefore, people must use the law to fight so that they minimise road accidents.
One dead in ‘high-speed’ Durban crash
18th June 2017 Kaveel Singh, News24
The vehicle in which the person died. (Supplied, Crisis Medical). Durban – One person has died following a “horrific” collision between a mini bus taxi and car early on Saturday morning in Durban.
Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle Van Reenen said that the accident on Chris Hani Road also left 12 people injured.Van Reenen said they were called to the scene near to the Queen Nandi Drive intersection at around 05:00.
Pedestrian hit as matatu swerves to avoid ‘grave’ crash
A 38-year–old man yesterday morning died after he was hit by a matatu in Ol Kalou town. The matatu belongs to Nuclear Sacco knocked down the man at at 8:26am. Nyandarua Central police boss Wilson Kosgei said the victim’s name could not be disclosed, since family members had not been notified.
Matatu driver David Mwangi said he was driving from Nairobi to Nyahururu with 14 passengers on board. As he approached Tumaini House on the Ol Kalou-Gilgil road, another matatu made a sudden U-turn, and as he swerved to avoid it, hitting the victim who was on the opposite side of the road. The passengers in the matatu were not injured.
“If I did not swerve, the impact on hitting the other matatu would have had grave consequences,” he said Witnesses said the driver lost control of the vehicle as he swerved to avoid the turning vehicle.
“The vehicle was speeding while the other made a sudden U-turn, forcing the driver to swerve. The victim could not escape, since he was drunk. Some minutes earlier he was almost hit by a lorry,” a witness said. “Motorists should drive slowly to avoid killing people,” witness James Gichohi said
Kosgei said a week ago two elderly men were killed in an accident in Gakorofa, on the Ol Kalou-Nakuru road. He said serious measures will be taken against the Nuclear driver if investigations reveal he was in the wrong.
Bus accident, 9 injured
Nine people sustained minor injuries when a Gachegache bound Kudakwashe bus they were travelling in burst a left front tyre, swerved and landed in a ditch in Makande, Mashonaland West Province.
Police spokesperson for Mashonaland West Province, Inspector Clemence Mabgeazara confirmed the accident which occurred last night in the remote part of Kariba rural. He said all the nine injured passengers were treated and discharged at Kanyati clinic in the Gachegache fishing camps area.
Man in critical condition after his vehicle overturned on Moot street Daspoort
17 Jun 2017, Daspoort, Pretoria: A man is in a critical condition after he lost control of his car in the west of Pretoria on Friday. Best Care ambulance service spokesperson Xander Loubser said this happened in Moot Street, Daspoort around 09h15.
“The driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into a palisade wall,” said Loubser. His vehicle overturned. “The man had to be removed from his vehicle by Best Care and the fire department. He was transported to Eugene Marais hospital in a critical condition.”
Loubser said the exact cause of the accident was unknown. He said a water pipe burst on impact and residents could possibly expect a water supply interruption.
Fatal accident along Bulawayo-Harare highway
Bulawayo24.com has received unconfirmed reports of a fatal road accident that occurred along Bulawayo-Harare highway near 1 Brigade yesterday evening. A source who sent photos of the crash to Bulawayo24.com said it involved a “Sprinter en-route to Harare”.
From the two images sent by the source, it appeared as though the vehicle hit crashed into a tree. Details about the accident are still sketchy. Bulawayo24.com will be updating this story as soon as more information come in.
3 people dead, 1 critical, 2 serious in N3 head on crash
Netcare 911 Paramedics | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI
16 Jun 2017, Pietermaritzburg: Just before Midnight on the 15th June 2017, Netcare 911 paramedics and various other emergency services responded to a horrific crash on the N3 North by the New England Road off ramp.
Reports from the scene indicate that an errant party had crossed the centre median and collided head-on with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and found accident debris and the twisted frames of the vehicles, consistent with that of a high impact collision, spread over the highway.
Namibia: Minibus victims yet to be identified
News – National by Marx Itamalo 16th June 2017
TEN of the 15 people who were killed in a minibus accident about one-and-a-half months ago between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo are yet to be identified.
The accident which happened on 31 April involved a minibus in which 10 people were burnt beyond recognition and a bakkie whose five occupants died on the spot. Police commissioner Sydney Philander told The Namibian yesterday that the National Forensic Science Institute is still busy with the identification process, as well as the submission and validation of samples.
Philander said the bodies would only be handed over to the police and then the relatives when each body part has been positively identified through DNA testing. He added that the forensic examination is being done in Namibia and not in South Africa, contrary to what some people believe.
Tanzania: Ray of Hope for Three Karatu Accident Survivors
15th June 2017
Photo: The Citizen
Dar es Salaam — Three pupils from Lucky Vincent Primary and Secondary School, who survived a tragic road accident in Karatu two months ago, are doing well as they continue with their rehabilitation, according to their nurse.
Mount Meru Hospital nurse Symphrose Silale, who flew with the three children to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, US, said doctors have removed pins, which were inserted in Doreen Mshana’s jaw bone and hand.
In a video clip shared by Singida North Member of Parliament Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, Ms Silale said the doctors also removed POP bandages from other two children- Sadia Ismael and Wilson Tarimo’s hands on Wednesday.
Ms Silale said the three, who are living at Roland McDonald’s House in Sioux City LA, have been undergoing rehabilitation at Mercy hospital three times a week.
Several killed as speeding bus hits train in Benin
COTONOU, (Reuters) – Several people were killed when a train operated by a subsidiary of French industrial group Bollore in Benin collided with a speeding bus, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Benirail train was travelling on the railway that runs from the capital Cotonou to the northern city of Parakou when it collided with the bus, which was exceeding the speed limit, early on Tuesday morning, Ramani Kassoumou, a senior official at the National Centre for Railway Security (CNSR), told Reuters.
Interior Minister Sacca Lafia said the accident caused “several deaths” but did not offer specifics. Hospital sources in the city of Save near where the accident occurred said at least four people had died and another 30 were injured.
Bollore is the operator and largest stakeholder in Benirail, with the remaining stake held by the Benin and Niger governments and other private investors. A Bollore spokesman in Benin could not be immediately reached for comment.
At least 79 people were killed in a crash in Cameroon last October on a train operated by Camrail, also a Bollore unit. Bollore declined to comment on the report at the time.
(Reporting By Allegresse Sasse; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Tim Cocks/Mark Heinrich)
Accident claims four in Lukenya, Machakos County
By Erastus M Mulwa 15th June 2017
Two Administration Police officers were among four people who died in an accident involving a Toyota Land Cruiser and a saloon car belonging to the Machakos County on Monday night. The other two were officers of the county government.
Athi River OCPD Shama Wario said the accident at Lukenya area along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway occurred as the driver of the Land Cruiser, which was heading towards Nairobi, tried to overtake but collided head-on with the county vehicle, killing the four on the spot.
Spikes victim seeks help
A 43-YEAR-OLD Warren Park woman is appealing for help after she was allegedly injured in an accident caused by a ZRP traffic cop spike. Nyarai Chituu was injured on January 25 at around 8pm on her way from work at corner Mbuya Nehanda Street and Nelson Mandela Avenue when a police officer threw a spike and missed the target, hitting her in the process.
As a result, Chituu sustained a deep cut on her right leg and she is still nursing the wounds. Chituu told H-Metro that she was shocked and surprised by the conduct of the police officer. “After hitting me with a spike, the police officer ran away instead of helping me leaving me injured at the scene.
“I used to think that the duty of the police is to serve and safeguard the nation and its people but that is not what I see considering what happened to me. “No action has been taken against the police officer. I went and lodged a complaint at Harare Central Police Station and up to now no action has been taken,” said Chituu.
She added: “The use of spikes by the police should be banned permanently because the incident occurred at around 8:05 pm and the police were still using spikes at that hour and injured me yet nothing has been done. “My children need food, clothes and school fees, I also need clutches so I am seeking for assistance in any kind so that my condition will improve.”
Those wishing to assist Chituu can be contacted on 0773906609.
17 Children injured in Taxi Crash Durban
Rescue Care Paramedics | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI
14 Jun 2017, Bluff, Durban: Seventeen children have been injured after the taxi they were in rolled on School Road in the Bluff around 14h00.
Rescue Care Paramedics were called to the scene and on arrival found that a taxi carrying school children had rolled, knocking a school child over who was walking on the pavement then colliding with a wall.
A total of seventeen school children had sustained various injuries. More ambulances were called to assist with the multiple casualty scenes.
Once all of the injured had been stabilized on scene they were transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.
At this stage the exact cause of the collision is unknown however SAPS were on the scene and will be investigating further.
St Anne’s pupils protest after matatu hits their traffic marshall
St Anne’s Primary School pupils during their protest on Jogoo Road, Nairobi, following an accident involving a man who helped them cross the road, June 14, 2017. /COURTESY
St Anne’s Primary School pupils and their teachers demonstrated on Wednesday over an accident involving a man who helped them cross Nairobi’s Jogoo Road. An Embassava matatu driver hit traffic marshall Martin Luganji, who was hired by the school to help the students cross the road.
The demonstration that began at 9am saw the pupils and teachers sit on the road, barricade it using rocks and march on streets. Commuters were forced to use alternative routes. “They are demanding justice and erection of bumps,” a witness told The Star.
Luganji, who helped pupils cross the section of the road in Mbotela area, was reportedly hit at 6.30am on Tuesday. He survived his injuries, contrary to earlier reports that indicated he died. Luganji said he also leads the children across the road in the evenings.
School principal Mary Cheruiyot said they decided to demonstrate as many accidents take place on the road. Police, Governor Evans Kidero and Education CS Fred Matiang’i went to the scene. The Governor ordered the erection of bumps by the end of the day.
Blind Comrades hero Richard Monisi hailed after dying in hit-and-run accident
Veteran blind Comrades Marathon runner Richard Monisi has been hailed as a hero after his death in a hit-and-run accident on Saturday in Johannesburg.
In an interview with Runner’s World website in 2016‚ he said that as a child he did not know he had a disability but acknowledged that he often bumped into things‚ would fall and hurt himself but he thought it was normal: “didn’t everyone fall?” The interview further revealed that at the age of 12 Monisi was admitted to Elim hospital in Louis Trichardt‚ Limpopo‚ after contracting typhoid‚ an infectious bacterial fever.
“While he was there‚ the attending doctors took the opportunity to examine his eyes and confirmed what his mother had been telling him all along – he was blind. But there was hope‚ and they were able to operate on Monisi’s left eye‚” Runner’s World revealed. The operation was able to restore five percent of his vision.
Doctors helped Monisi use his hands to identify objects by feeling around their edges. They also applied for him to attend the Pretoria School for the Blind‚ but he had to leave after Grade 10 because of his age.
He got his start in running after he was spotted while begging at a mall. Gerald Fox‚ the founder of Rocky Road Runners‚ noticed his runner’s physique and offered to support him. Monisi woke up at 3am and trained alone until 6am to avoid peak-hour noise like traffic that could confuse him.
Elephant falls on vehicle, one person killed
ONE person died and the other was injured when their vehicle hit an elephant in Victoria Falls, police confirmed. The vehicle hit the jumbo which then fell onto the roof of the vehicle trapping the two.
Officer commanding Victoria Falls District Chief Superintendent Jairos Chiwona identified the deceased as John Obester Banana (44) who died on his way to Bulawayo on Friday where he had been transferred following the accident that occurred on Thursday night. Mr Banana and the driver Mr Benard Munapo (48) employed by Pamusha Lodge, were coming from a boat cruise on the Zambezi River when the accident occurred.
It could not be established where Mr Banana hails from as police said investigations were still in progress, although his next of kin had been notified. “I can confirm that we received a report of two people who were involved in an accident along Park Way near waterworks. Mr Benard Munapo (48) who is employed by Pamusha Lodge was driving a Toyota Regius belonging to the lodge with a passenger John Obester Banana when he hit an elephant,” said Chief Supt Chiwona.
He said Mr Munapo failed to avoid a herd of elephants resulting in the accident. Some motorists rescued the two and rushed them to Victoria Falls District Hospital where they were admitted. Mr Banana was transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo because of his condition but died along the way.
12 injured in Roodepoort
13 Jun 2017, Roodepoort: Twelve people sustained minor to moderate injuries after a Polo and a taxi collided on Goldman street and Golf club Terrace in Roodepoort during the early hours of this morning.
At the time of their arrival, ER24 paramedics found the taxi lying on its side. Ten passengers and the taxi driver were found outside of the taxi and the driver of the Polo was found next to his vehicle.
ER24 transported six patients to Helen Joseph Hospital for further medical care. Six more patients were transported to nearby hospitals by other emergency services on scene.
5 dead, many injuries in Cape Town, Durban accidents
2017-06-11 Mxolisi Mngadi, News24
Four people have died in a taxi accident in Durban. (Rescue Care)
Durban – Five people have been confirmed dead in Durban while scores of others have been injured in several accidents around Durban and Cape Town, paramedics said on Saturday.
Three women and a man died when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck on the along the N2 just before the Spaghetti Junction in Durban on Saturday at about 06:00, said Ceron Lennox, Rescue Care spokesperson. “One person was in a critical condition and Advanced Life Support stabilised her and placed her on a manual ventilator before she was airlifted to a nearby awaiting hospital in a critical condition,” Lennox said.More ambulances were called to the scene as there were another 14 people who had been moderately injured in the collision which were stabilised on scene before being transported to nearby hospitals for the necessary definitive care they required, she added.
A pedestrian, in his 30s, died on the N3 near the M13 in Durban after he was hit by a vehicle.
Head-on collision: Paramedics were called to the scene at about 08:30 and they found the pedestrian lying in the fast lane of the highway. “While paramedics were loading the critically injured man into the helicopter, his vital signs deteriorated. Despite the continued efforts of the medical crew, he later succumbed to his injuries on scene,” said Werner Vermaak, spokesperson for ER24.
The occupants of the vehicle that hit him did not sustain any physical injuries, he said.
Twelve people were injured when a taxi and a car collided head on, on the R103 near Cato Ridge, Durban, at about 06:00. ER24 and other services arrived on the scene where they found a taxi wedged into a tree next to the road. “Eleven people were found with minor injuries and another person was found with moderate injuries which included possible back and neck injuries,” Vermaak said.
In Cape Town, five people, including an 11-year-old girl, sustained various injuries when two vehicles collided on Jakes Gerwel Drive in Bonteheuwel at about 08:00 on Saturday, said Vermaak.
On Friday night, six people sustained minor to moderate injuries when a taxi and a car collided on the M19 near the R304 in Melkbosstrand, he said. “At approximately 08:30, an off duty ER24 paramedic was on her way home when she came across the collision. Upon assessment, she found that the taxi overturned during the collision,” Vermaak said. Two people sustained moderate injuries while four other sustained minor injuries. The injured were treated on scene and later transported to a nearby hospital, he added.
Prez Mugabe in NY laments ‘senseless loss’ of lives in Zim bus crash
10 June 2017
Robert Mugabe (File: AFP) News24 Correspondent
Harare – President Robert Mugabe has lamented the “senseless loss” of more than 40 lives in a bus crash this week on the main highway to Zambia.
Most of the dead were Zimbabwean cross-border traders on their way to Lusaka and then Malawi in search of goods to sell back home.
In a statement from New York where he is attending a UN summit on the oceans, Mugabe said: “The senseless loss of so many innocent lives in circumstances that could otherwise have been avoidable is heart-rending and most regrettable.” “On behalf of Government and the people of Zimbabwe, my family and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the affected families on the loss of their beloved ones,” Mugabe added.
Overspeeding Police investigations and accounts by survivors say the driver of the overcrowded 69-seater bus was on Wednesday night driving too fast along the treacherously windy northern road that links the capital Harare to the Zambian border post at Chirundu. The bus veered off the road at a curve and smashed into a tree.
National disaster Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa told parliament on Thursday that the accident would be declared a national disaster. In a separate statement he castigated public transport operators for putting people’s lives at risk by travelling in the dark and “chasing after profits without due regard to the safety of their patrons.”
Zimbabwe’s International Cross-Border Traders Association (ICTA) said that 40 of those killed were cross-border traders, drawn from five of the country’s 10 provinces.
Other accidents ICTA President Denis Juru called on the government to withdraw the passenger permit of the King Lion bus company. He cited several other accidents involving the company’s buses in recent years that have claimed the lives of traders. “So many children have been orphaned by the negligence of untrained King Lion bus drivers,” he said in a statement.
The company has not yet commented on the the tragedy.
35 bus crash victims positively identified
Relatives of the victims were still streaming in at Chinhoyi Hospital mortuary this Friday to collect the bodies of their loved ones. 18 of the 35 identified victims had their ages given, and these ranged between 25 to 46 years, with the majority being in their 30s.
Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba appealed to families who cannot account for their relatives’ whereabouts in the aftermath of the disaster to visit the Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital mortuary to try and help in identifying the remaining 3 bodies.
MDC-T mourns death of 45 passenger at Nyamakate
The MDC-T Spokesperson Obert Gutu has said his party joins the nation and the families in mourning the death of the 45 people who perished in the tragic bus accident at Nyamakate, near Makuti, on Wednesday evening.
“We mourn with the families of the deceased as well as with the entire nation of Zimbabwe,the sad and gruesome loss of life of Zimbabweans who were traveling to Lusaka,Zambia,in order to buy goods for resale to sustain their families.It is indeed,a very sad indictment on the unsafe driving habits of some public transport operators who fail to exercise due diligence and care on the country’s roads,” he said.
“Our national roads are in a serious state of despair and dilapidation as a result of decades of neglect and lack of proper maintenance,thanks to the misrule and mismanagement of the economy by the Zanu PF regime.We call upon all road users,particularly the drivers of public transport vehicles,to exercise maximum care and attention on the roads in order to prevent the unnecessary and tragic loss of lives.”
He said the MDC also calls upon the Zanu PF regime to ensure that all country’s roads are made safe and reliable for vehicular traffic.
“We are also deeply concerned by the lack of jobs in the country which has led to many young Zimbabweans to resort to cross border vending as way of survival and sustenance.We pray that the souls of the deceased passengers rest in eternal peace,” he said.
Ghana: DVLA set to introduce new licences, review contracts with service providers
8th June 2017
The Chief Executive of the Authority, Kwesi Agyemang Busia, told Joy News in an exclusive interview Wednesday it is unacceptable that service providers were taking 70 percent of revenues generated from the service they render to the public.
According to him, due diligence was done in some of the contracts signed by the past administration, adding there is the need to review them. “I have contracts that when we pay to one of the big ones I stutter simply because we over committed. “I think the cash flow and source of funds was not critically looked at because the contractors were making more money than the Authority before the ink on the contract dries,” he lamented.
He said such developments have led to a situation where although the Authority is not in a cash crunch, it is neither prudent nor sustainable, to continue on this path. “I didn’t want us to get to that point where drastic measures have to be taken,” he said.
A new driver’s Licence to be introduced: According to Mr Busia, the Authority will also phase out the existing driver’s licence and replace it with a new one which will be introduced to the public on July 18. He said the new driver’s license will have enhanced security features which will make it difficult to duplicate. “This is a unique card with a contact chip in it which is popular across the world like the new biometric passport,” he said.
Mr Busia said the Authority wants to ensure that there is only one legalised licence used in the country to counter duplication. Like the biometric passport, he explained that it will have a lot of security features some of which will be visible to the eye and others which are not. He believes this will also block the financial leakage in that department as the services of fraudsters and ‘goro boys’ will not be needed.
Explaining the frustrations of applicants having to wait for months before getting their licenses, he said the new driver’s license will be ready for pick up between three weeks and a month after the application has been submitted. For those who apply for the new premium service, they will receive their licenses within two weeks. Applicants will also have the option of picking it up at any of the DVLA offices across the country or having it delivered to their offices at a fee.
He believes this will create a hole in the activities of the ‘goro boys’ and in the long term when their efforts are frustrated, people will stop patronising their services. He revealed that the Authority is working to clear the backlog of applications pending since 2014. “For those who applied in 2014/15 and are captured in our systems, they should come back at no cost at all to get a new license,” he said.
Commenting on the development, transport expert, Cecil Gabrah, agrees that it is a smart move by the Authority as it has become easy to secure a fake license which is not good for the country. “It is really good and I support it and I commend them for making it conform to international standards with embedded security features. “It is now time to get police the required scanners and teach them how to scan people’s licences because at the moment I can tell you that 40-50% of licenses are not genuine,” he said.
He bemoaned the involvement of some DVLA staff in helping outsiders to create the fake license for unsuspecting members of the public. “I believe that the CEO with his team will weed all those people out and get genuine people.” Mr Garbrah wants the database to be linked with the National Identification Authority (NIA) system to add to the nation’s quest for a good national identification system. “It is time for us to do the right thing once we have another opportunity,” he said adding the new licence will help reduce the number of accidents on the road.
Road accidents: 74 killed, more than 400 injured in 10 first days of Ramadan
7th June 2017
ALGIERS- Seventy four (74) people were killed and 453 others were injured in 551 road accidents that occurred during the first ten day of the month of Ramadan said Tuesday, the National Gendarmerie in a communiqué.
Family of Limpopo accident victim devastated
The family of one of the nine victims killed in a road accident in Limpopo on Tuesday morning is devastated by the loss of a relative. Mathari Sefoka was among the people who died when a minibus taxi in which she was travelling collided with a truck. The accident happened on the R579 road between Lebowakgomo and Jane Furse at around 7am.
All nine victims were passengers in the taxi. Seven other passengers sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Lebowakgomo Hospital for medical treatment. Sefoka’s brother-in-law‚ Obed Leshilo‚ said they were still trying to cope with the loss.
He said Sefoka had a bright future ahead of her and that her family was looking to her for support going forward. Sefoka is the younger sister of Leshilo’s wife. “The whole family is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of their daughter. It is painful because she perished while en route to work‚ where she was doing an internship‚” said Leshilo.
He said Sefoka‚ who hailed from Thabampshe section of GaMasemola village near Jane Furse‚ had just begun an internship at the department of education’s circuit offices in Lebowakgomo. “She left home to return to work and promised to call upon arrival. And now this. The family is saddened‚” said Leshilo‚ adding that his wife was still too traumatised to speak.
According to the chairman of the Jane Furse Taxi Association‚ Magomarele Mokgoatjana‚ the taxi in which the victims were travelling did not have a permit to operate on the route.
4 perish after Matatu collides head-on with incoming vehicle in Wote
7th June 2017
Three drivers hurt after their cars are involved in a road accident in Limuru
June 6th 2017 By GEORGE MUGOResidents of Ngarariga area in Limuru watch the vehicles that were involved in an accident along the Nairobi Nakuru highway on Friday. Three drivers and one passenger are admitted at Tigoni Subcounty Hospital after their vehicles collided at Ngarariga, Limuru, on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Two passengers who sustained minor injuries in the Friday evening accident were treated and discharged. A Nissan AD station wagon, which was heading towards Nairobi, was obstructed by a motorcyclist while overtaking. It’s driver lost control and collided head-on with a Nissan X-trail.
The driver of a Toyota Probox behind the X-trail tried to swerve, but the vehicle crashed into the other car. “The X-trail engine burst into flames … we started evacuating the occupants. We were so scared it would explode,” Samuel Njuguna, a resident, said.
St John’s Ambulance official Anthony Kimani said the vehicles had two occupants each. He thanked wananchi for helping them evacuate the vehicle occupants
No jail time for owner of Pinetown truck that killed 24 people
2017-06-06 18:44 Kaveel Singh, News24
Gregory Govender with his lawyer (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban – There will be no jail time for the owner of a truck that crashed into several vehicles, killing 24 people on Fields Hill, Pinetown, in 2013.
Govender pleaded guilty to the Contravention of the National Road Traffic Act regarding the roadworthiness of the truck and the trailer that was involved in the crash – this in terms of the duties of an operator. The act requires the operator of a motor vehicle to conduct his operations with due care to public safety.
The fourth charge is a contravention of the Immigration Act and relates to the employment of May – from Swaziland – who was in the country illegally. “For counts 1 and 2 [taken as one for the purpose of sentencing], the accused was sentenced to a fine of R10 000 or 12 months imprisonment. He was further sentenced to a fine of R10 000 or 12 months imprisonment for count 3 and a fine of R5 000 or six months imprisonment for count 4,” NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said.
Kara said charges against Sagekal Logistics were withdrawn because “the company is currently subject to liquidation proceedings and is insolvent”.
The KZN Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Moipone Noko welcomed the sentence. “We welcome the sentence and hope it serves as a warning to transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy. Truck accidents contribute significantly to the carnage on our roads.”
Truck, scotch cart accident kills 1
ONE person and his two donkeys died on the spot when a haulage truck rammed into his scotch cart from behind at Umguza Bridge. The accident occurred at the 56KM peg along the Bulawayo–Victoria Falls Road at around 7PM on Sunday night. Both the truck and cart were heading towards Victoria Falls.
Mr Johannes Kauapirura (38) from Majene area was driving the truck which had Namibian registration. He escaped unhurt.
A source said: “Butholenkosi Ngwenya (29) of Block D village, Umguza was travelling alone in his donkey-drawn scotch cart. ” It was dark and his scotch cart had no reflectors and hence the truck driver may have failed to see it in the dark until it was too late,” said the source. “The scotch cart was flattened and Ngwenya died on the spot together with his donkeys.”
Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the incident. She urged motorists and road users to observe road rules and regulations to avoid unnecessary loss of lives as a result of accidents. “Police are urging motorists to be observant, cautious and ensure they do not speed, overtake in dangerous situations and above all safeguard lives on the road.
“Let us all drive to arrive alive and contribute towards safety on the roads. Drivers should not be reckless and where possible avoid travelling at night,” said Insp Makonese. “Members of the public should desist from using scotch carts on highways, especially at night when visibility is poor. Scotch carts should have reflectors to avoid accidents”.
Last month, seven people died in an accident involving a DAF CF lorry, a Nissan Caravan and an ox-drawn scotch cart along Kwekwe-Gokwe Road near Summerview Mine.
Ghana: 10 feared dead in gory accident in Ashanti Region
5th June 2017
About 10 people are feared dead in an accident that occurred at Amanfrom in the Bantama constituency of the Ashanti Region.
The accident happened at 9:30pm when a driver of a Nissan with registration number ER-6878-X collided with a Hyundai Grace (registration number AS-1916-16). The Victims are currently at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) receiving treatment.
An eyewitness who spoke to our Correspondent Osei Kwadwo said the driver of the Nissan collided with the Hyundai Grace when he tried to go past a pothole on the road. According to the eyewitness, they believe that the driver of Nissan Toyota was drunk and lost control and subsequently rammed into the Hyundai Grace.
Meanwhile, two people have been involved in a terrible accident at Abrepo, a suburb of Kumasi. An eyewitness speaking said the Taxi driver with registration number GS-3239_09 rammed into a Sequoia vehicle with registration number AW-7091-12 after he lost control.
The victims are receiving treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
Bakkie crashes into ditch leaving six injured, Umkomaas
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find six people walking around on the scene. Their light motor vehicle had already been pulled out of the ditch by the towing services.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that all six had sustained only minor injuries. The patients were treated for their injuries and two were later transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The remaining patients declined transportation to hospital.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
14 injured as minibus taxi crashes into car then wall
June 4, 2017
Just before 9am this morning, Saturday 03 June 2017, Netcare 911 paramedics responded to reports of a very serious collision involving a minibus taxi on North Coast road near Blackburn. Reports from the scene indicate that two minibus taxi’s and car collided, one of the minibuses then crashed into a wall of a nearby business.
Paramedics assessed approximately 20 people at the scene and attended to 14 with injuries; 12 had sustained relatively minor injuries, 1 had moderate injuries and the front passenger of the taxi had sustained serious injuries.
Fire fighters used the “Jaws of Life” to access the wrecked minibus taxi to access two of the occupants. The patients were transported by various ambulance services to hospital for further assessment and care. The scene was also attended by the Metro Police and SAPS.
One of the drivers of the minibus taxi’s involved was detained by police.
Road Accident Fund bosses to get 30% bonuses – MP
Documents in possession of the Democratic Alliance reveal that the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has proposed to its Board that a 30% bonus be given to its executives‚ MP Manny de Freitas said on Friday.
See an excerpt of the document here:
De Freitas said he would ask the Minister of Transport‚ Joe Maswanganyi‚ to investigate the proposed bonus payouts. In March‚ Numsa asked the Public Protector to investigate how legal issues at the fund are affecting day-to-day operations. In February‚ the RAF announced it was unable to make payouts to its claimants after the sheriff of the court attached its bank accounts.
Business Day reported this followed a R11 million demand by law firms for unpaid claims. While payments have resumed‚ the fund said it still had a backlog of R8.2 billion for 5‚200 claims. This was despite an additional 50c levy granted by the Treasury in 2015‚ which led to a 46% jump in revenue to R33 billion for 2015-16.
Photo: The ill-fated matatu. Photo/File
Six people were injured after three trailers were involved in a road accident near Kikopey trading centre along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The 6am accident paralysed transport along the highway for over an hour before the wrecks were towed away.
According to a witness Paul Mwangi, two trucks heading in the opposite direction were involved in a head-on collision while the third one rammed into the rear of the other. He said all the six occupants were injured in the accident, adding that two of them including a driver were seriously injured.
“One of the drivers was trying to overtake when he rammed head-on into an oncoming lorry,” he said. A senior police officer confirmed the accident and said the injured were rushed to Gilgil Hospital while the wrecked vehicles were towed to Gilgil Police Station.
Two people died Wednesday night in a road accident that happened along the Molo-Nakuru road.
2nd June 2017
A boda boda rider and his passenger died on the spot after colliding head on with an oncoming matatu.
Baby among 4 accident victims as 3 are injured
FOUR people, including a five month-old baby girl, have died and three others were injured in separate road accidents that occurred on Monday and Tuesday in Mbeya Region.
The Regional Police Commander (RPC), Dhahir Kidavashari, told the ‘Daily News’ yesterday over the phone , that in the first accident, the baby identified as Agape Dickson, died and her mother, Neema Jerome (38), sustained injuries following a collision between two motorcycles in Igalako village in Mbarali District. He explained that the riders vanished with their bikes shortly after the accident.Mr Kidavashari said the injured woman was responding satisfactorily to treatment at Mbarali District Hospital, where the body of her son is preserved, pending completion of burial arrangements.
In another accident, a motorcyclist identified as Peter Nasson (21), died and his two passengers were injured when his motorbike ( of T-Better make with registration number MC 755 AMX) overturned along Mbalizi/Mkwajuni Road in Msangamwelu village in Mbalizi District on Tuesday.
The RPC, who attributed the accident to speeding, further identified the passengers as Emmanuel Sailasi (14) and Grvatus Bahati (21). “The injured persons are undergoing treatment at Ifisi Hospital, where the body of the deceased is preserved,” he said.
In yet another incident, the police officer said a pedestrian whose identity was yet to be established, and whose age is set at between 25 and 30, died after being run over by a motor vehicle at Bagamoyo area in Rungwe District on Monday night. He said the body of the deceased is preserved at Rungwe District Hospital pending identification and subsequent burial.
An accident blamed on speeding, also claimed the life of Gabriel George (25), in the wake of a collision between his motorcycle (registration number MC 458 BS) and a rickshaw ( MC 634) which was being driven by one Jackson Samson (23).
The accident occurred at Sinde, on the outskirts of Mbeya city on Monday night. The RPC said the body of the deceased was preserved at Mbeya Referral Hospital pending completion of burial arrangements.
Residents slam police over roadblocks
Senior Asst Comm Mutamba was officially opening New Magwegwe Police Station, which was built with input from residents. Speaking during the event, district Crime Consultative Community (CCC) Acting Chairman Mr Zephania Moyo said kombi drivers must refuse to pay money at roadblocks.
“We are not happy with the conduct of the traffic police. If you check, there are more than five road blocks on the 12 kilometre stretch along Luveve Road. Police at each roadblock want kombi drivers to pay between $3 and $5. I wonder how much they spend on roadblocks per day. Kombi drivers must stop bribing police officers. It is better if they take them to police station rather than lose money for no reason,” said Mr Moyo.
He said police officers must put the interest of members of the public first. Senior Asst Comm Mutamba said members of the public also have a duty to report corrupt police officers. “I would like to thank all New Magwegwe residents for contributing towards building this station. All of you are police officers. Youths, you have a duty to make Magwegwe a crime-free area. All of us here have an obligation to report corrupt police officers,” he said.
There has been a countrywide outcry over police roadblocks, which are said to be retarding economic development. More than 50 percent of tourists interviewed during a recent Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstat) survey said they felt harassed by heavy police presence on roads.
Breaking: 1 dead, 5 injured in NDDC MD’s convoy accident
Author: Oluwatobi Bolashodun 2nd June 2017
The convoy of NDDC MD, Obong Nsima Ekere, has been involved in a road mishap – A policeman reportedly died in the accident – Five others were said to have sustained injuries The convoy of the managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Obong Nsima Ekere was , involved in an accident on Calabar road, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the incident, occurred along the Calabar-Itu Road, when a trailer ran into the pilot vehicle carrying policemen attached to Ekere who was on his way to Calabar to receive the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Unfortunately one policeman died while five others sustained injures. The convoy of the Managing Director of NDDC, Nsima Ekere, has been involved in a road mishap.
The former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state replaced Ibim Semenitari who was the acting managing director of the NDDC. Ekere is from Akwa Ibom state and has a degree from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. He worked in the private sector doing estate evaluation and real estate development. In 2011, Ekere was nominated to be the deputy governor alongside Godswill Akpabio but he later resigned when he risked getting impeached by politicians.
New vehicle number plates for South Africa come into effect later in 2017
- With talk of new number plate laws in South Africa set to come into effect later in 2017 (no official roll-out date has been set), it’s best to know how this will affect motorists.According to Wheels24, the new plates and associated laws are part of the Department of Transport’s strategy to standardise number plates in SA. It will form part of the National Road Traffic Act as well as the South African National Standard for number plates.The Department of Transport said: “The security features of the number plates are part of the broad road safety strategy, which will ensure that we have the right vehicles on our roads, which to a larger extent contribute to the fatalities and carnage on our roads.”Law For All’s Managing director, advocate Jackie Nagtegaal, answers questions regarding new number plates for SA:1. When will the new plates come into effect? Nagtegaal: “Originally devised in January 2015, the draft regulation amendments have been going back and forth due to public debate, it’s believed that South African motorists will have to comply with these rules in 2017.”2. What is the proposed design for the number plates? According to the proposed changes, a legal South African number plate must feature the following:• A certified stamp of approval from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
• South African National Flag on top left corner
• The name of the province under the South African flag
• Licence number and licence mark of the province
• Four-dimensional barcode with the QR code that contains the registration number of the manufacturer of blank number plates.
• The name of the province in which the vehicle is registered
• The sequence number on the bottom left of the number plate.All info will be embossed on an aluminium plate and coated with a retro-reflective surface.3. Will all number plates have the same design?
Nagtegaal: “For the most part, yes, but different colours for the letters and figures will be used to differentiate between types of vehicles:Public transport vehicles – Black
Government vehicles – Red
Diplomatic vehicles – Green
Personal vehicles – BlueAn example of public plates:4. What about customised number plates? According to Adv. Nagtegaal, personalised number plates will still be allowed but will have to conform to the regulations, and the lettering and figures will have to be in blue. What’s more, personalised number plates may not contain any vulgar or offensive language or symbols (only numbers and letters will be allowed).”Citizens will also be allowed to report any number plates they find offensive to their local metro police,” said Nagtegaal.5. Will the new number plates be a once-off purchase for motorists?
Nagtegaal: “No. Much like renewing your licence disc every year and your driver’s licence every five years, you will also have to renew your number plate every five years.6. What are your thoughts regarding the changes? Nagtegaal: “There are some positives and negatives that have been highlighted since the changes were first mentioned. Many have praised the fact that a Member of Executive Council won’t have a say in what images will be featured on the plates because previously their influence resulted in the plates being difficult to read.”The aluminium plates will last longer and won’t burn as easily in the unfortunate event of an accident. However, because there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the new laws, we don’t know if there will be a fee for the renewal. Many South Africans are skeptical as there hasn’t been much transparency regarding payment, renewal fees and fines.”Whether or not the new number plate regulations will come into effect in 2017 is still a mystery, and leaving motorists in the dark is certainly not the way to go about this process, but, at this point, it’s better to have some idea of what will be expected when (if) the laws are implemented.”
Kenya: NTSA Says SGR Train to Ease Traffic Burden, Reduce Accidents
Nairobi — The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train will ease traffic congestion on the roads.
Speaking in Mombasa before the launch of the passenger train by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Director General Francis Meja explained that this will also see a decrease in traffic accidents.
“We as NTSA are happy to be part of this. There has been a lot of pressure on our roads, we believe this is one way of easing that pressure and we are looking forward to seeing the train work,” he stated.
The new Chinese-built route is aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa and is billed as the biggest infrastructure project since independence and a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of the August elections.
“This is also part of land transport and as we have said, there has been a lot of pressure on our highways especially the number of trucks we see on our highway, we believe when the cargo freight section of the railways will be fully operational, we should be able to lessen the pressure on our roads and even reduce accidents,” Meja said.
Elderly man ‘kills 1, injures 3’ at funeral
AN 87-year-old man from Zaka allegedly fatally knocked down an elderly mourner and injured three others when he accidentally reversed a relative’s car while trying to take a selfie during a funeral wake.
Masvingo police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula said the incident occurred on Monday at around 4 PM. The unlicensed Toperesu Makwara of Siyawareva Village under Chief Ndanga allegedly got into Liberty Mungana’s car to take a picture of himself. He allegedly sat behind the steering in the vehicle, which had its engine running.
Villagers said he somehow stepped on the accelerator and the car which was in reverse gear started moving and hit four mourners who were sitting behind it. Patrick Chiro (72) of Chiro Village was seriously injured and doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival at Musiso Mission Hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Mr Zvinei Tapanya (62) of Nhopi Village, Ms Eunice Mubango (40) of Chiro Village and Ms Regai Maponga (42) of Siyawareva Village sustained injuries.
The three were rushed to the same hospital where they were treated and discharged. Insp Mazula said the body of the deceased was taken to Musiso Mission Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.
MASAKA. At least 27 out of 45 Tanzanian pilgrims heading for Uganda Martyrs Day festivities in Kampala have been injured, some seriously, in an accident on Masaka highway. Police say the Falcon Bus, Registration T967-BTA, rolled on its left side after the brakes failed while ascending a hilly stretch between Kyotera and Masaka town. Three sustained limp fractures or “serious head injuries”, says Dr Charles Kajoba of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where the victims were booked for treatment.
Among the injured are septuagenarian Maria Ngonyari, 40-year-old Robert Imman, Alex Rono, 64; Angela Kigulwe Biringi, 65; Gloria Mwisa, 29; Emiyana Babweiga, 65; and, Julliet Arshdes, 40. Witnesses say the unnamed driver unsuccessfully tried to control the bus as it jerked backwards before rolling on its side.
Police breakdown truck tows away the bus that was involved in the accident. Photo by Gertrude Mutyaba.
Mr Rogers Nandege, the officer in charge of traffic, tells Daily Monitor that preliminary investigations show mechanical failure as likely cause of the 6:30pm accident. Police towed the bus shortly after the crash, roughly two kilometres to Masaka town.
Tanzania each year has a substantial representation at the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations, which falls on June 3, with Maria; the widow of the country’s founding President Julius Nyerere, always attending. It is an important day on the Catholic calendar worldwide and Pope Francis celebrated a mass attended by thousands at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo during his November 2015 visit to the country.
The Tanzanians involved in the Monday accident were heading to the Namugongo Shrine ahead of the Martyrs Day observance due this Saturday. Majority of the victims sustained minor injuries and are out of danger, according to police and doctors at Masaka Hospital.
Two killed, 12 injured in Kitale-Eldoret highway accident
The accident occurred at Bishop Muge at about 11.30 am and involved a lorry and a Kangaroo shuttle on its way from Kitale to Eldoret.
Trans Nzoia police commandant Lillian Okembo said the lorry hit the matatu while its driver tried to overtake. He said this happened when the motorist noticed an oncoming vehicle.
Residents said the matatu veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in a maize plantation. Those injured were taken to Kitale hospital, two in critical condition. The bodies were taken to the facility’s mortuary. Achieng said investigations were launched.
Residents asked the government to expand the busy stretch where several accidents have occurred. Two weeks ago, a lorry driver transporting cargo hit and killed a pedestrian near Deep Sea in Kitale town.
The magic words that reduce road deaths
31st May 2017
Kenyan buses, or matatus, have a terrible safety record. But a sticker with a clever message has had an unexpected impact.
Two persons were confirmed dead in a road accident involving a blue Toyota Corolla car and a Toyota picnic bus at Olodo area, on Abeokuta/Ibadan Expressway in Ogun.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Ogun, confirmed the accident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
Akinbiyi explained that the accident occurred on Monday evening due to wrong overtaking by the driver of the Toyota Corolla car. He stated that the two vehicles had three occupants each, saying that the dead were the drivers of both vehicles.
“The driver of the Toyota Corolla car tried to overtake the Toyota Picnic space bus which resulted in collision that led to the crash.” “The vehicles had three passengers each when the accident occurred, three male and three female but the drivers of both vehicles died in the accident.”
3 die in weekend hit and run accidents
THREE men died in separate hit and run road accidents that occurred over the weekend in Bulawayo and Mbembesi. Two of the victims were hit in Bulawayo while the other was run over in Mbembesi area along Bulawayo-Harare Road. Only one of the three victims has been identified while the other two are at Mpilo Central Hospital Mortuary.
Police are appealing to members of the public who might have information that may lead to the arrest of the drivers to contact their nearest police station. Acting Bulawayo Provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube said one of the unidentified victims was about 20 years old. “The man sustained serious head injuries which resulted in his death. The road accident occurred at around 6PM along Luveve Road, near Noczim Garage. He was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where he died upon admission. “The motorist drove off after the accident. The deceased is an unknown male adult who was crossing Luveve Road due south,” he said.
“We are appealing to members of the public who may have information or might be missing their male relative aged approximately 20 to go and check with Mpilo Central Hospital mortuary or to approach Bulawayo Traffic West and be assisted in identifying the body.” A witness who preferred anonymity and was travelling towards the city centre when the accident occurred said the vehicle missed another pedestrian before hitting the man.
She said the man was hit by a silver grey Honda Fit whose driver lost control, went out of the road and hit him. “The driver was speeding. He could have been drunk. He just went out of the road, missed a woman who jumped out of the way before hitting the man who later died. The driver simply sped off without assisting the victim,” said the witness.
In the other incident which occurred along the Bulawayo-Harare Road, a man was also hit by an unidentified vehicle whose driver sped from the scene. A police source said the man died at the scene and the body was ferried to Mpilo Central Hospital mortuary and has not yet been identified.
“The accident occurred in Mbembesi area, along Bulawayo-Harare Road. The unknown driver fled from the scene leaving the injured pedestrian lying in a pool of blood and he died instantly from severe head injuries.”
Ghana: Driver fined for ‘inconsiderate’ driving
A Ho Circuit Court has fined Alfred Awunyo, a teacher, GH¢ 2,580 (600 USD) or in default serve six months in prison custody for causing the death of one Mohammed Moro in a careless driving incident.
Madam Priscilla Dikro, the Presiding Judge further ordered him to compensation the bereaved family with GH¢ 1,500 (350 USD. Shameful if that is all the life of an African is worth? – Ed).
The facts of the case was that the accused on March 14, 2016 whilst driving a Toyota Carina E saloon car with registration number GT 5641, during a rainstorm from Ho towards Ave-Dakpa in the Akatsi North District. The Prosecution said on reaching the Wudome Customs check point, Awunyo moved into the other lane to avoid the Customs barrier and hit Moro who was riding a Sanya motorbike.
Moro’s left arm was chopped off as a result of the impact and he died a few hours after admission at the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho.
A post Mortem examination conducted on the deceased at the hospital gave the cause of death as “severe blood lost from amputated left upper limb in road traffic accident”. A duplicate docket of the case was forwarded to the Attorney General’s office and upon their advice, Awunyo was charged with careless driving and negligently causing harm.
The Court found him guilty on his own plea and was fined 250 penalty units.
The next step after speed governors in SA
30th May 2017
Johannesburg – As of January 2017, it became mandatory for speed governors to be fitted to certain vehicles registered weighing more than 3500kg on that date; vehicles include minibuses, midi-buses, buses and goods vehicles.The objective of speed governors is to limit the maximum speed of affected vehicles to 100km/h.According to MasterDrive:
“From the time the amendment was first mentioned in 2014, support was expressed for it. Of the estimated 12 deaths a day on South African roads, 25% can be attributed to these vehicles. For this reason, it is believed these laws can have a positive impact on road safety in South Africa.”
Driver training needed: Speed alone is not the only cause of crashes associated with heavy or medium commercial vehicles.According to MasterDrive managing director, Eugene Herbert, as with most other classes of vehicles, training has the potential to reduce these accidents even more: “Yet, heavy goods vehicles are a category often overlooked in terms of training solutions.“Just like an 18-wheeler truck, safely moving a goods vehicle around requires certain skills. A major challenge that drivers have to deal with is loads which change throughout the day and consequently how to best load the vehicle for safety.”
Ghana: Drunken police driver rams car into trotro
29th May 2017
A police driver who is alleged to have been heavily drunk but was driving a vehicle on Saturday night rammed into a mini passenger Urvan bus while a superior officer also said to be under the influence of alcohol on the passenger side looked on.
The Toyota land cruiser pickup belonging to the Ghana police service with registration number GP 3008 which was behind the mini Urvan bus with registration number WR 554-12 that was just about negotiating into the road leading to Kanda estates a suburb of Accra the national capital hit when the police vehicle rammed into it.
About 15 passengers onboard the ‘trotro’ bus sustained various degrees of injuries as a result even though occupants of the police vehicle including the unnamed police inspector and the driver in front and a junior officer behind the bucket escaped unhurt.
Ayamga Bawa Fatawu who reported to mynewsgh.com said “Inside the police pickup truck were a police inspector and the driver in front and a junior officer behind the bucket of the truck rammed into a trotro vehicle with a driver and fifteen other passengers, resulting in the serious accident with some passengers sustaining degree of injuries”
The junior officer behind the bucket of the police vehicle who spoke on condition of strict anonymity, did admit it was the fault of the police driver for both the driver and inspector seated in front were all drunk and could possibly be influenced as a result.
The scene attracted other road users who had thronged there to satisfy their curiosity and ostensibly make news out it. Who was at fault was the topic of discussion at the scene as they assessed the extent of damage to both vehicle.
Road accidents: 12 killed, 26 wounded in past 24 hours
29th May 2017
ALGIERS – Twelve people have died and 26 others have been injured in several traffic accidents that occurred in the last 24 hours across the national territory, a statement from the Civil Protection said on Sunday.
ZA: BRACKENFELL OKAVANGO ROAD
29th May 2017
Mototr Vehicle Collision in the early hours of Monday morning where a vehicle has Rolled on Okavango road in Brackenfell,
One person miraculously escapes with only minor injuries after being pinned under the vehicle.
9 KILLED, SEVERAL INJURED IN SEPARATE ROAD ACCIDENTS
28th May 2017 By MARY WAMBUI and ANGELA OKETCH
At least nine people lost their lives on Friday in separate road accidents in Kisumu and Murang’a counties. In Murang’a, the accident at Mlima Swara claimed six lives, as five survivors remained at Thika Level Five Hospital under treatment. A conductor and a passenger were discharged. Dr Joseph Wanjohi, the deputy medical superintendent said they received eight patients, most of them suffering multiple and severe injuries.
Victims said they boarded the vehicles at Kenol and were hit by a lorry ferrying timber along the busy SaganaNairobi highway.
FAMILY MEMBERS “I boarded the vehicle at 9:15pm and was to alight at Makuyu. I cannot recall what happened afterwards when the lorry hit the vehicle and another,” said Anthony Muiruri from the hospital bed. Makuyu police boss Paul Wanjama said the two matatus were heading to Embu. The Kisumu accident along AheroKatito Road left a family in Nyamira County mourning its four members.
The wreckage of a matatu that was involved in an accident at Mlima Swara black spot near Kakuzi along the NairobiNyeri highway. The accident claimed six lives. The four were among 16 passengers in the vehicle ferrying passengers from Kineni to Bondo for the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology graduation ceremony. The driver lost control of the vehicle and plunged into a river.
SPEEDING “I do not know how my sister is going to react to this,” said Mr Wesley Nyakundi, whose father died in the accident. He was recuperating at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital. He said the driver of the vehicle was not speeding. “We do not know what actually happened,” Mr Nyakundi who was in pain, said, adding that the 14 seater matatu belonged to Gusii Commuter Sacco.
Nyanza Traffic boss Andrew Naibei said the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road before plunging into a river. “Three men died on the spot while a woman died while receiving treatment at Ahero sub county hospital,” he said. Mr Naibei cautioned drivers against speeding on unfamiliar roads, noting the driver was not familiar with the narrow road.
Ghana: 5 killed 15 injured in crash at Kenyase
Five individuals are reported dead in an accident that occurred at Kenyase in the Ashanti Region around 1pm on Friday, May 26.
Maxwell Frimpong, an eyewitness narrated to ClassFMonline.com that a 207 Benz Bus with registration number GW 4632 U that had loaded passengers from Dr Mensah and was heading to Bonwire rammed into a truck on its way to Duase when it tried to manoeuvre round a car that had partially blocked a road near the Garden City University College.
The driver of the 207 Benz Bus is reported to have died on the spot followed by four other fatalities. Over 15 persons who were in the bus sustained various degrees of injury.
Police in Kenyase later conveyed the bodies to the Manhyia Hospital as the others who were injured proceeded to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.
Zimbabwe govt to introduce new fuel levy
THE Government plans to introduce a fuel levy to finance a new Road Accident Fund that will ensure compulsory compensation of road traffic accident victims, an official has said. The fund will also cover disbursements of funds to victims on compassionate and medical grounds.
Various options on the structure and operations of the fund are still under consideration, with focus on the South African, Namibian and Botswana models.
The South African model entails 11 cents per litre in local currency levied on motorists that goes towards the fund. It raises about $2 billion annually and covers loss of a relative in an accident, medical costs in the event of injury, post hospital costs and loss of future earnings, which depends on one’s capacity before the accident. The South African model has been saddled with structural and operational challenges that have seen it being described as the “lawyers and doctors’ business”, as most payouts cover legal and medical claims.
Due to payout for loss of future earnings, rich claimants take up significant chunks of the money, it was also established.
Addressing stakeholders at a meeting in Karoi recently, the director responsible for transport in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Mr Allowance Sango, said the Government was proposing the fund for compulsory compensation. “We are proposing compulsory compensation, which ensures that people get health services when they need them soon after an accident,” said Mr Sango.
“The fund will also address the state of preparedness in the event of an accident, as most people lose their lives because they don’t get specialised medical care in time.” Experts say most people’s lives could be saved if they get specialised care within the first hour known as the “Golden Hour” of an accident occurring.
Mr Sango said the setting up of the Road Accident Fund would address Pillar 5 of the Moscow Declaration, which deals with post-crash management. The fund is expected to bolster paramedic visibility on the country’s roads and institutions. In most cases, ambulance services have been hesitant to attend to people injured at accident scenes because of uncertainty over payment. “Paramedic services will not worry about being paid because there is an established fund, which will cater for that,” said Mr Sango.
The establishment of the fund, he said, would provide an opportunity for private-public-partnerships for procurement of helicopters and other specialised vehicles. Stakeholders at the consultative meeting said the fund should be domiciled under the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ). “What we do not want is for another board, executive and other premises which will chew more money, but a lean and efficient structure that really serves the interests of the people,” said a participant.
The Namibian and Botswana schemes are hybrids, borrowing the framework of the South African model, but with some adjustments.
TSCZ director for finance and administration Mr Clifford Gobo said the South African model required the use of lawyers to process claims, while the Namibian one had defined benefits and payout thresholds. “The Namibian fund has partnered government to build a rehabilitation centre for accident victims,” said Mr Gobo. “The Botswana fund is mainly funded from the fuel levy, with 90 percent of the money coming from investments the fund has made.” The Namibian and Botswana funds are running at a surplus, while the South African fund is running into challenges.
Of the R33 billion reportedly generated by the South African fund last year, R6,6bn went to lawyers, while R120 million went to medical expenses. It dealt with R424 million fraudulent claims, with provisions to claim for loss of future earning drawing R126 million.
Participants at the workshop, although welcoming the introduction of the fund, called for stringent mechanisms to deal with corruption and unequal access to the funds and services between the rich and the poor. “There should be a cap on how much someone can claim, so that we don’t have a situation where the rich get richer while the poor get poorer,” said Mr Tendai Katepa.
Several people gave testimonies of how they were involved in accidents, but did not get any compensation. It emerged that most people were being injured in unregistered and uninsured pirate vehicles. Zimbabwe has an estimated vehicle population of about 1,2 million, which is growing at a rate of between five and 10 percent per year.
3 dead in car crash
Two died on the spot and the third person died at Gweru Provincial Hospital following the crash that occurred at around 12:20PM.
Gweru Fire Brigade sub officer Mr Ephraim Manzera confirmed the fatal accident and said the vehicle could have been speeding. Mr Manzera said they were called to the scene at around 12:30PM and arrived at about 1PM. He said the three people in the Toyota Altezza were driving from Shurugwi towards Gweru when the fatal accident occurred.
“The Toyota Altezza light vehicle was travelling towards Gweru city when it veered off the road and crashed into a very big tree at the 20km peg along the Gweru-Shurugwi highway near Chikwingwizha Seminary turnoff, killing two people on the spot,” said Mr Manzera.
He said when they arrived at the scene, the third person who later died on admission to Gweru Provincial Hospital had been removed from the wreckage by fellow travellers.
Mr Manzera said they suspected that the vehicle was speeding and hit a pothole before veering off the road. “When we got to the scene we found the vehicle lying on its side and we took about 45 minutes to cut the doors before removing the two bodies from the wreckage. The third passenger had been ferried to Gweru Provincial Hospital after being rescued by some travellers. Unfortunately he died on admission,” he said.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development has previously said 85 percent of accidents in the country are due to human error. MPs listed 12 other causes of accidents that include bad state of roads, speeding, drunken driving, fatigue, use of cellphones when driving and going through red robots. The use of second hand tyres, stationary and defective vehicles, stray animals on the roads, inadequate road signage and markings as well as lack of traffic enforcement were also cited.
Injured teen boy trapped with dead taxi driver after Witbank crash
2017-05-26 Jenna Etheridge, News24
A minibus taxi driver was killed when his vehicle collided with a delivery van in Witbank. (Supplied: ER24)
5 dead, 9 injured in Kakuzi, Sagana accident
May. 26, 2017, JOHN KAMAU
Five people died on Thursday night in a road accident at Kenol,Sagana highway near Mlima Swara black spot, Murang’a county. The accident occurred after a lorry carrying tree logs from Kakuzi farm collided with two matatus heading to Embu.
“The lorry driver lost control and collided with the two matatus both from Embu,” OCPD Paul Wanjama said. Nine people were injured during the accident and are being treated at the Thika Level five hospital.
In April, three Pedestrians died following an accident along the Northern Corridor Highway at the Mayanja Kibuke area, Bungoma. The accident happened when a lorry collided head-on with a Bungoma town Nissan matatu.
1.3million children die annually in road crashes
26th May 2017
Children must be given their rightful place in the campaign against the scourge of untimely death on the roads.
The Lagos State Sector Commander, Mr Hygenus Omeje, disclosed this at the official inauguration of 45 students to the Road Safety Club, to mark the 2017 Children’s Day tagged “Our Children, Our Future: Say No To Road Crashes,’’ held at the Isolo Unit Command on Thursday.
Omeje, who was represented by Mrs Rahila Kholi, the Deputy Corps Commander (DCC) in-charge of Administration and Human Resources, Lagos State, said that children must be given their rightful place in the campaign against the scourge of untimely death on the roads.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports, about 1.3 million children die annually as a result of crashes, while about 200,000 are also maimed and rendered absolutely dependent.” “The corps as a world-class institution is working hard to hit its 2017 Corporate Strategic Goal which is 15 per cent reduction in crashes and 25 per cent reduction in its attendant fatality.” “The future leaders must be adequately and intellectually prepared to correct the errors of the past,’’ he said.
According to him, children are veritable tools to effect the change and we believe in catching-them-young so that as they grow older, they would find it easy to obey traffic rules.
Mrs Hauwa Olowookere, the Isolo Unit Commander of the FRSC, in her opening remarks, said that the corps, as a leading agency in traffic management and administration in the country, was doing everything possible to prevent road crashes.
Olowookere said that part of ways to promote good road safety practices was to bring safety consciousness to the children every time. According to her, the inauguration of the students into road safety club will bring uncommon sacrifices among them to promote the FRSC vision of curbing crashes. Miss Favour Umanwa, one of the inaugurated students, gave kudos to the FRSC for given the young ones the opportunity of including them in the fight to curb road crashes in the state. Umanwa said that the students would work hard in assisting the corps in achieving a crash-free society.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC unit command inaugurated 45 students into the road safety club from nine Schools in the Isolo community, to mark the 2017 Children’s Day tagged: “Our Children, Our Future: Say No To Road Crashes’’.
Kenya: Two severely injured in accident during road test in Maralal
25th May 2017 MARTIN FUNDI @martinfundi
The wreckage of the vehicle that was involved in an accident on Maralal-Nyahururu road, May 24, 2017.
Two people were severely injured on Wednesday after the vehicle they were test-driving veered off and crashed on Maralal-Nyahururu road, Samburu subcounty.
The two were rushed to Samburu Referral Hospital, after which one of the casualties was referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment. A doctor told journalists he had severe injuries on the upper part of his body.
“The vehicle was headed to Suguta from Maralal when the driver lost control, hitting several trees along the road reserve,” said Samburu Central OCPD Abagaro Guyo. Guyo said they were investigating to establish if the driver, said to be a mechanic, had a valid licence.
He asked motorists to be more careful as the road is in a bad state. The wreckage was towed to Maralal police station.
Zimbabwe: ‘Owners of stray animals that cause accident must be prosecuted’
THE Senate has concluded debating a motion calling for the prosecution of people whose stray animals cause accidents on the country’s roads. Over the years, stray animals have contributed to a number of fatal accidents on the country’s roads.
The mover of the motion Zanu-PF Manicaland senator Judith Mawire said the country has laws to prosecute owners of stray animals, but the legislation was largely not being implemented.
Part of the motion read: “Incensed by the fact that some people have suffered from bites inflicted on them by rabid dogs and have faced challenges in getting proper medication while others have been involved in fatal accidents caused by such animals; now therefore, calls upon the local authorities and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to enforce laws that do not only protect the stray animals but also safeguard the lives of people; prosecute owners of stray animals and also ensure that proper facilities are constructed for the safe custody of such animals.”
Senators said they were disturbed by the persistent problems posed by stray dogs and other domestic animals to surrounding neighbourhood and communities countrywide. They said they were concerned that owners of such stray animals were being careless. Senator Mawire appealed to the SPCA, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority, chiefs and the Veterinary Services Department to ensure that laws that have become redundant are resuscitated and implemented.
“This motion was on stray dogs and other domestic animals which are handled carelessly, we know that there used to be a law which had been put in place for the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals,” said the Senator. “I am therefore appealing to the Government to resuscitate these laws which are now redundant and the resuscitation should be put into practice because we have these animals which are suffering due to lack of care resulting in accidents and also leading to fatal accidents.”
The Government, through the National Traffic Safety Council (NTSC) last year launched a programme to erect perimeter fences along highways. A fence has since been erected along the Bulawayo-Gweru highway, but there is concern that people leave gates open, thus animals continue to be seen on the highway, posing a danger to motorists.
Nigeria: Speed limit device a huge success
25th May 2017
Only commercial drivers were being coerced to install the device at the moment because they usually convey more persons.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says that the speed limit device introduced Feb. 1, has reduced the frequency of road traffic crashes “drastically”. “Since we began the full implementation of the speed limit regime on commercial vehicles, the rate of road accidents has gone down. The device has been a huge success,” Mrs. Pat Emoerdi, its Plateau Sector Commander, said on Wednesday. Emoerdi spoke in Jos, while presenting certificates to some fleet operators.
“We introduced the device because speed was adjudged as accounting for more than 60 per cent of road traffic crashes. Statistics have shown that since we started implementing the policy, the crashes have gone down.” (Yes, but by how many and is it statistically significant? – Ed)
She explained that only commercial drivers were being coerced to install the device at the moment because they usually convey more persons in their vehicles, “But as time goes on, private vehicles will be forced to install the device as well,” the official said.
‘Road safety starts with you’ – municipality
Vusi Mthalane 25th May 2017
PHOTOS: Vusi Mthalane
A motorist is fined for stopping to pick up hitchhikers in a no-stopping zone on the R102 opposite Oribi Plaza.
“Let everyone adopt the slogan, ‘road safety starts with me’.”
Three children die after being struck by car in Nquthu on eve of elections
Tragedy struck the northern KwaZulu-Natal area of Nquthu on Tuesday afternoon, the eve of the much-awaited municipal by-elections when three school children died after being knocked by a car.
The children‚ Ayanda Mazibuko‚ 9‚ Zamafuze Ngcobo‚ 17‚ and their cousin Andiswa Buthelezi‚ were standing on the side of the road in Ward 13 of Nquthu Municipality when the accident happened.
ANC MPL and Nquthu elections spokeswoman Nomagugu Simelani-Zulu said the ANC was shocked and dismayed by the “passing of the three children who were struck by a car in Nquthu on Tuesday afternoon”. “Although the details regarding the death of the children are still sketchy‚ it appears that the vehicle veered off the road and hit them while they were on their way to fetch water‚” she said.
NMG driver dies in road crash
24th May 2017
A policeman looks at the wreckage of a Nation Media Group van that collided with a lorry on the Nairobi-Mombasa road on May 23, 2017. PHOTO | LUCY MKANYIKA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
A Nation Media Group driver died after his newspaper delivery van collided with a lorry at Maungu, on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Tuesday morning. Voi County traffic boss Silas Wanyonyi said the driver died on the spot while his colleague was rushed to Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi with serious injuries.
“There were two occupants in the vehicle and one died on the spot. The driver was overtaking a vehicle in front when [his van] collided head-on with the oncoming lorry,” he said.
In another incident on the same highway, three people suffered serious injuries when their Nairobi-bound vehicle collided head-on with a Mombasa-bound Simba Coach bus at Mbuyuni. The three were taken to Moi County Referral Hospital for treatment.
Road accidents: 30 killed, over 1500 injured in one week
Published On : Tuesday, 23 May 2017
ALGIERS – Thirty (30) people were killed and 1,525 others injured in 1,359 traffic accidents during the period from 14 to 20 May in several provinces of the country, Civil Protection said in a statement.
Namibia: Pohamba’s guard dies in car crash 2 others killed.
News – National | 2017-05-23 Marx Itamalo
LONG serving guard at former President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s homestead at Okanghudi was killed on Monday afternoon in a car accident. Matheus Islaer died when the car he was driving crashed head on with another at Ondobe village on the Onhuno-Eenhana main road in Ohangwena region.
The accident also claimed the lives of two other people who were travelling in the other vehicle. According to Ohangwena police spokesperson Abner Kaume Itumba, Islaer’s vehicle collided with a Tata bakkie. The two other people who died were identified as Kaudife Naholo (age unknown) and Mwaetako Tuhafeni (31).
The driver of the bakkie, Immanuel Naholo Kalonge (34) from Ondobe village, and another two passengers Tomas Enghali (28) and Tomas Nghilundwa (24) – both from Omunyekadi village – survived and were taken to the Engela hospital.
Itumba said one of the cars was avoiding hitting another car when they crashed. “That’s what we are suspecting but we are not very sure, investigations are still ongoing,” he said.
DEATH as matatu crashes into shops
Author: Abdikarim Hussein 23rd May 2017
One woman has been confirmed dead after a matatu lost control and crashed into several kiosks in Mombasa – The Monday morning accident in Mombasa is said to have been caused by the matatu driver who was speeding.
The woman is said to have been in one the kiosks when the vehicle crashed into her. A witness claimed the driver of the matatu had been speeding on the busy road when he lost control and smashed into the shops.
Lorry, bus accident driver now insane
Regis Mangwari, the driver of a South African-registered haulage truck which sideswiped a Johannesburg-bound Proliner bus killing 31 people on the spot and leaving 40 others injured near Mvuma along the Harare-Masvingo Highway, has reportedly become mentally unstable.
Mangwari appeared before Mvuma resident Magistrate Mr Tayengwa Chibanda facing 31 counts of culpable homicide. His lawyer Mr Passmore Mabukwa told the court that his client had not been physically examined by a medical doctor. He said his head was not scanned following injuries he sustained in the fatal crush.
“My client suffered some head injuries but was not attended to and is suffering from hallucinations, his speech is incoherent. May he be examined by a medical doctor and psychiatrist according to the Mental Health Act before he can stand trial,” said Mr Mabukwa.
Mr Chibanda remanded Mangwari in custody for psychiatric evaluation.
Robots for deadly crossing
2017-05-23 Samantha Lee @Samantha_Lee121
Work to install traffic lights at the Turfhall and Benona roads crossing should start in November. PHOTO: Earl Haupt
Following residents’ concerns traffic-calming measures will be implemented along Turfhall Road.With several recent accidents resulting in injury and death at the crossing of Turfhall and Benona roads, residents have called for something to be done. Ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt said at a recent meeting that he had submitted complaints from residents to the City of Cape Town following several accidents. Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), says processes will start later this month.
“It is anticipated that the construction tender associated with these works will be advertised around the end of May,” says Andrews. The installation of traffic lights will be funded through the City’s integrated rapid transit (IRT) plan. The cost of the project will only be finalised after the tender process is done, he says.
“The work is estimated take up to 24 months, starting in November, and is expected to be completed during November 2019,” says Andrews. The upgrade has been recommended in terms of the citywide IRT Phase 2a corridor roll-out.
Four people have been killed in a road accident along the Kampala-Fort Portal road. The four have been identified as Rogers Basiima, David Sande, Ali Swahaba and another unidentified person are all residents of Kyenjojo town council.
The accident occurred today at about 9:00am at Mukonomura in Butunduzi town council, Kyegegwa District. Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Region Police Spokesperson said the deceased were traveling from Kyenjojo to Kampala in a taxi registration number UAY 774F.
According to Ms Tumushabe, the taxi knocked a Fuso Truck, which was being repaired on the side of the road.
Ms Tumushabe said the driver of the taxi escaped unhurt and he is on the run. She added that the accident was a result of reckless driving and over speeding.
Father and children perish in accident outside Grootfontein
21st May 2017
A 48-year-old man, his son and daughter died in a collision near Grootfontein Friday night. Spokesperson of the Namibian Police in the Otjozondjupa region, warrant officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview the deceased have been identified as Moses Gariseb, his son Petrus Gariseb, six, and the 14-year-old Saara Garises. “Their relatives have been informed.”
Motorbrike crashes into tractor, two seriously injured
Two people were seriously injured when a motorbike they were riding collided with a tractor at Forester D Estate in Mvurwi Mashonaland Central yesterday. Sources privy to the development allege two men took a motorbike belonging to the farm foreman without his consent and crushed into a tractor that had no lights at all.
The two were rushed to Mvurwi hospital where one of them identified by Bulawayo24.com as Forget was referred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for better treatment.
In a related incident a couple from Mazowe Mine was allegedly hit by a vehicle at Concession intersection in Concession last night. According to Tobias Kapale, Cosmas Chekami 54 together with his wife Galdencia Kapale 47 were hit by a vehicle in Concession and Galdencia is currently admitted at Concession hospital.
“These motorbikes are becoming very dangerous my sister was hit together with her husband at Concession junction she is currently admitted at Concession hospital,” he said.
Meanwhile, cases of motorbikes colliding with vehicles are prevalent in Mashonaland emanating from human error.
A member of the war veteran association Shambakumanja Shambakumanja denounced new farmers who cycle motorbikes without driving licences. “These accidents are rampant because most new farmers are just riding without licences so at the end of the day an accident is recorded. “Police should arrest these cyclists and a stiff purnishment should be implemented to those found wanting,” bellowed the war veteran.
Ghana: Two dispatch riders in Bawumia’s convoy involved in accident
20th May 2017
Two of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s dispatch riders have reportedly been involved in an accident Thursday.
According to reports, the rider crashed into a Nissan Patrol vehicle which crossed him at Song, a village in the Mion district when the convoy was moving from Yendi to Tamale. the dispatch rider was thrown off the motorbike and crashed onto the ground.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammed Yussif Tanko confirmed the accident to Adom News. He said riders of motorbikes with registration number GP-4135 and GP-4425 were thrown off the motorbike and crashed onto the ground.
Adom News’ Illiasu Abdul Rauf who was part of the Vice President’s convoy said the rider who sustained injuries and was rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for treatment.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is on a four-day tour of the Northern region.
No charges yet as Omalume continue to transport pupils in bakkies
20th May 2017 Sabelo Nsele, The Witness
Transport spokesperson Nathi Sukazi admitted that no one in KZN has been charged for transporting pupils in the bakkies. (File)
Road accidents: 8 killed, 307 injured in one week
- 19th May 2017
ALGIERS- Eight people were killed and 307 injured during the week from 09 to 15 May 2017, in road accidents that occurred in urban areas countrywide, said Thursday a communiqué of the National Police.
Prez Mugabe blames sanctions for infrastructure collapse
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday blamed the collapse of the country’s infrastructure on Western-imposed sanctions.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Road at Chaka business centre in Chirumanzu, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was failing to secure lines of credit to finance its infrastructural projects because of economic sanctions.
“Because our country has been under sanctions for more than a decade and a half, our infrastructure has deteriorated,” Mugabe said. “We face several challenges in our attempts to secure lines of credit. Thus, when funding such as that for this project has been secured, we cannot ever afford to maintain a business-as-usual approach to work.” Mugabe said the road was not only strategic to the country, but to the Sadc region and part of the North-South corridor as well.
The project – which will cost $984 million – will be funded by main contractor Geiger International under the private-public partnership arrangement, with 40% of the work reserved for local contractors. Mugabe said the nature of the project was expensive, hence, required high standards for government to get value of the cost. He challenged local companies that would get tenders in the project to maintain high standards of work.
“Clearly, infrastructure development is expensive, hence, whenever we undertake such projects, we must demand that the product be of high quality and must be durable and give good value for money,” he said. “Sub-standard work should never be tolerated.”
Mugabe said increased pressure on the road, which he described as narrow, had seen many accidents occurring on the highway with the latest being that involving a bus where 30 lives were lost. He, however, admitted that protracted negotiations with various potential financiers had delayed the project. Mugabe also appealed to community leaders to lead campaigns against vandalism of national infrastructure.
Geiger International vice-president Eric Geiger said his company would do everything possible to ensure that the road was completed within three years as per the contract agreement.
Last night, 1 person died, 1 injured in a high speed collision Hendrik Potgieter
19 May 2017, Roodepoort: The driver who lost control sustained moderate injuries and was transported to hospital for further medical attention. The driver of the red hatchback unfortunately succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead on scene.
High speed collision leaves on dead and another with moderate injuries. At around 23h00 on thursday the 18th of May a vehicle was travelling at high speed and lost control.
The vehicle travelling at high speed collided with a red hatchback before coming to a stop on Hendrik Potgieter just outside Clearwater Mall.
QRS paramedics responded to the scene arriving alongside various other services.
Use of spikes wreaks havoc
ZPP said it is alleged that a Karoi woman died after she was run over by a pirating taxi that veered off the road when municipal police threw spikes at a moving vehicle.
“The wanton use of spikes by police officers has resulted in a surge in traffic accidents. On Tuesday 16 May in Karoi council police are alleged to have thrown spikes at pirating taxi operators after which one of the taxis ran over three people who sustained injuries. It is also alleged that when vendors realised that the municipal police had arrived in a taxi they pounded the vehicle with stones and later torched it. Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers that arrived at the scene to restore order also had their car damaged during the running battles,” said ZPP.
“When contacted for comment, Karoi police confirmed the death but indicated that they could not be quoted. Constable Taizivei, from ZRP General Headquarters, said they had not received the report. Recently a police officer was assaulted by members of the enraged by throwing of spikes at a moving vehicle along Chinhoyi Street in Harare. The incident resulted in property damage and three pedestrians sustained injuries. Another commuter omnibus crashed along Gleneagles road in Harare after the driver lost control trying to avoid police spikes.”
ZPP said metal spikes are increasingly being used to impede or stop vehicles believed to be flouting road regulations in most parts of the country.
“Since motorists drivers are left with damages some quite extensive when spikes are thrown at their vehicles, they have questioned the legality of their use. In March, Home Affairs deputy minister, Obendingwa Mguni said police officers should only use spikes to control traffic and not to the extent of endangering motorists and passengers. The minister also highlighted that the spikes should be laid, not thrown,” ZPP said.
“A motorist has since lodged an application in the High Court challenging the use of spikes. However, the use of spikes has worsened conflict between police officers and society as police officers have continued to cause mayhem with the use of spikes. There are surely other methods that police officers can use to follow up on motorists that flout road regulations. ZPP therefore urges police officers to fulfill their constitutional mandate, which is to protect lives and property.”
Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals.
In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths. Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of 10 and 19. Chest infections and self-harm were the biggest global killers of girls and young women, however.
The top five killers of teens (aged 10-19):
- Road injury
- Lower respiratory infections
- Self-harm (intentional and accidental suicide)
- Diarrhoeal diseases
According to the worldwide report, more than 3,000 adolescents die every day. Over two-thirds of these deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South East Asia. And most are preventable.
Road accidents: Most young people killed by the top cause – road crashes – are “vulnerable” road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Males aged 15-19 make up the biggest share of these 115,302 fatalities, mostly in poorer countries in Europe, the Americas and the Eastern Mediterranean region. Although far fewer in number, road injuries are still the leading cause of adolescent death in high-income countries, closely followed by deaths from self-harm.
In 2015 in Britain, road accidents killed 145 people aged 10-19, and left 3,166 more seriously injured. According to UK experts, the transition between primary and secondary school, when children often begin to walk to school unassisted, can be a particularly risky time. In some countries, such as the UK, road safety education and legislation encouraging drivers to slow down appears to be having the desired effect, reducing road accident rates, says the WHO report author, Dr Anthony Costello. But other countries are lagging, he says.
The other big killers: Globally, adolescent deaths as a whole have been reducing but some fatalities are becoming more commonplace.
Deaths from self-harm are increasing in many regions, says Dr Costello. “Self harm is a massive and increasing issue in many countries. We are seeing suicide rates go up. “Adolescence is quite a stressful time of life. Young people need support, but adolescent health across the world has been largely neglected.”
He says improving the way health systems serve adolescents is just one part of improving their health. “Parents, families and communities are extremely important, as they have the greatest potential to positively influence adolescent behaviour and health.”
The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents report was produced by the WHO in collaboration with UNaids, Unesco, UNFPA, Unicef, UN Women, World Bank, the Every Woman, Every Child initiative and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health.
Heavy rain and localised flooding on the N2 cause of various collisions
IPSS Rescue | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI 17th May 2017
Accident N2 Tinley Manor- N2 Flooded: During the earlier hours of this morning IPSS medical Rescue attended a motor vehicle accident on the N2 North near Tinley Manor.
Its believed that both vehicles were traveling in a Northerly direction when they hit a large body of water in the N2.
Both drivers lots control of their vehicles before crashing and sustaining minor injuries.
Ghana: 9 Mourners die 14 injured in accident near Berekum
16th May 2017
Biadan, near Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region, has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of nine mourners in a gory accident as they were returning from a funeral at Wamahinso in the Asutifi North District.
Fourteen others got injured in the accident, which occurred at Amanfoso, near Nsoatre on the Sunyani-Berekum highway about 5:30 p.m.last Saturday. The deceased, made up of five males and four females, have been identified as Michael Bediako, Issifu Kramo, Braimah Kramo and Rose Tawiah, 42, who died with her daughter, Abenaa Foriwaa. The rest are Auntie Mary, 75, who died along with her 42-year-old daughter, identified only as Ataa, Kwasi Gyedu, alias Akakpo, 61, and Afia Charity, 52.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent of Police Ms Stella Sedame, who confirmed the accident in an interview, stated that the injured were currently receiving treatment at the Berekum Holy Family Hospital, while the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the Sunyani Regional Hospital mortuary.
According to her, the accident occurred when the driver of the Sprinter Bus, with registration number BA 2423 – 12, on which they were travelling, is said to have lost control of the vehicle when it burst one of its rear tyres and ran into a valley. A rescue team was dispatched to retrieve the bodies and send the injured to hospital.
Biadan community: The entire Biadan community was adorned in red and black, amid wailing and the singing of dirges when the Daily Graphic visited the town. There was a joint family gathering on a school park where hundreds of sympathisers had converged to mourn with the affected families. With many people sitting with their hands supporting their chins, it was clear that some families had been hard hit by the accident, as investigations revealed that one family lost as many as three people, while other families lost two.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Assembly Member for Biadan East, Mr Wonder Amo Appau, explained that the victims were returning from Wamahinso where they had attended the funeral of the mother of a former assembly member for Biadan. He added that all the 23 people on board the vehicle were from Biadan and that the accident had greatly affected the entire community. He explained that three siblings, Bediako, Issifu and Braimah, lost their lives, while Rose also died with her daughter, Foriwaa.
For his part, Mr George Hinneh, the Assembly Member for Biadan West, disclosed that the mass funeral of the nine deceased had been fixed for Friday, May 26, 2017. He described the accident as “the first tragedy of its kind” to befall the town, adding that the entire community had decided to come together to support the affected families.
Zimbabwe govt to set up accident fund
THE Government is setting up a fund to assist road accident victims after it emerged an accident occurs every 15 minutes and about five people are killed every day on the country’s roads.
A levy on fuel or motorists has been considered among possible ways to raise money for the fund. The Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Michael Madanha, yesterday told Bulawayo residents at a Road Accident Fund Consultation meeting that accident statistics had forced his ministry to act.
“According to statistics, a road accident occurs in Zimbabwe every 15 minutes and five people are killed every day on our roads. On average we have about 1 700 fatalities and over 30 000 people are injured every year. “These statistics though frightening must always be remembered so that we come up with a viable and sustainable Fund which takes into consideration our country’s economic realities,” said Eng Madanha.
“The dilemma service providers face becomes one of deciding between response to save lives with the possibility that the majority of the injured may not be able to pay for the services versus long term viability.” He said there was a possibility that medical practitioners are hesitant to respond to accidents as fast as they could as they grapple with the question of how such services will be paid for.
“Ironically as the experts will confirm, the first hour post-crash is the most critical for the injured to receive medical attention if they are to survive,” said the Deputy Minister.
“The Minister has already sold the concept of setting up this fund to his colleagues in Cabinet and has been tasked to refine the idea and submit the same to Cabinet for consideration.” Transport and Infrastructural Development Permanent Secretary Mr Munesu Munodawafa said motorists must contribute before anyone else.
“As things stand now we are in the consultation process; there is no fixed mode of funding that we have adopted. However, vehicle users must contribute something towards the fund because there is no point in taxing Zimbabweans towards a fund which is specific to road accidents,” he said.
“We are saying in some countries they put a small levy, a small fee on fuel and then you calculate how much it will earn you, maybe half a million per month. We haven’t taken the matter to Cabinet and we are still deliberating on the options that we have.” Mr Munodawafa said after the provincial consultations, they will have a national stakeholders’ meeting where they will have insurance experts and others.
“This is a crash programme we are working on but at the same time we want it to be as productive as possible. We started with Bulawayo today and we will go to all the provinces in the next two weeks,” he said. According to the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, there is a large number of uninsured motor vehicles despite the fact that it is compulsory for motorists to insure their vehicles.
“Although a large number of accidents occur in urban areas, the majority of the high casualty accidents occur in remote out of town areas with basic evacuation and medical facilities. As a result, there is an unnecessarily high morbidity or mortality rate. The lack of specialist modes of transportation for the casualties, lack of trained personnel and adequately prepared medical facilities adds to the carnage,” reads the TSCZ statement.
“Note-worthy is that Zimbabwe and all other developing countries have not achieved a systematic way of educating, enforcing, evacuating, treating and rehabilitating their populations as has been done in developed countries. All these require adequate funding for the cash-strapped developing countries.”
Bellville: 2 suspects killed in early morning crash on Modderdam road
News, Accidents, Robberies & Incidents | Western Cape
16 May 2017, Cape Town: It’s believed that two alleged suspects were killed on Tuesday morning when a truck collided with their vehicle on Modderdam Road, near Sax Circle, Bellville South
Shortly before 5 am, paramedics from ER24, Metro Ambulance Services and Metro Rescue arrived on the scene wherenthey found an articulated truck and light motor vehicle that collided with each other.
A man was found trapped inside the light motor vehicle and another outside of it. The occupant found outside the vehicle showed no signs of life and was declared dead.
The other was rescued by Metro Rescue and Fire Department. He later succumbed to his injuries inside the ambulance.
The driver of the truck was assessed on scene, but found with no injuries. Due to the collision, a large amount of diesel spillage occurred and local authorities set up a system to contain the spillage.
It is understood the intersection near Sax Circle will.be closed for some time due to investigations and cleanup operations. The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known and will be investigated.
Trial date set for Mvuma Killer Driver
The trial of Regis Mungwari (29) a driver of Transmech Logistics a South Africa-registered haulage truck, which on 05 April 2017 sideswiped a Johannesburg-bound Proliner bus, killing 21 people on the spot and leaving 40 others injured near Mvuma along the Harare-Masvingo Highway, at Nyamatikiti River near Chaka Business Centre in Chirumanzu has been set for May 18.
The South Africa-bound bus had over 60 passengers on board, while the truck was laden with tyres. According to the State, preliminary investigations at the accident scene indicated that Mungwari was speeding on a winding road and lost control of his tyre-laden truck on approaching the 218km peg, and encroached the path of the oncoming bus. The vehicles sideswiped and both burst into flames because of the impact. State Prosecutor said Mungwari acted negligently resulting in the loss of life.
Regis Mungwari of no fixed abode in Zimbabwe is facing 21 counts of culpable homicide and will be tried at Mvuma Magistrates Courts by resident Magistrate Mr Tayengwa Chibanda.
The death toll rose by 10 from the previously announced 21 following DNA tests.
The charge of vehicular manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Regis Mungwari refused to disclose his contact details and residential address to police. He is languishing in custody at Whawha Remand Prison. Whawha prison is the infamous penitentiary which housed President Robert Mugabe during the Ian Smith regime era. Mugabe spent 10 years at Hwahwa prison from 1964 to 1974.
One-ton truck hurtles down M1 at Marlboro Drive, leaves 4 dead
Two men were trapped in the wreckage of a one-ton truck.
On Sunday morning, just after 1am, a Netcare Rescue officer responded to a crash that occurred on the M1 near Marlboro Drive that left three people injured and four dead, according to Chris Botha, media liaison officer of Netcare 911.
One dies in motorcycle, Delta truck accident
One person died after a motorbike he was riding collided with a Delta Beverage truck in Centenary Mash Central on Thursday. Sources close to investigations confirmed the incident.
“We can confirm that there was an accident in Centenary and one person died,” said the source. According to the source, the deceased was a former Delta Mvurwi employee identified as Muroyiwa. He was laid to rest on Saturday in Muzarabani.
A total of 20 people have died and several others injured after a bus they were traveling in collided with two trailers at Mbaruk area near Gilgil on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.
The accident occurred at 2.30am this morning and according to sources, the driver of the bus was overtaking a trailer when he crashed into an oncoming truck.
The bus, which belongs to Highway Sacco, was headed to Busia from Nairobi when the crash happened.
The bus operates within Nairobi and according to media reports, it’s not licensed for long distance. It’s suspected to be one of those Githurai buses. The injured were rushed to St Mary’s hospital, Nairobi.
It says that when its crew arrived at the scene they “found the bus lying on its side on the side of the road”.
The occupants from the bus had already climbed out of the vehicle and were found walking around the scene, it adds. The children were treated for their injuries at the scene and then transported to various hospitals.
The cause of the accident is unknown.
In April, 19 schoolchildren died after the minibus they were travelling in crashed with a truck near the capital, Pretoria.
UN calls for action to reduce road traffic accidents in Ghana
13th May 2017
ACCRA, The United Nations on Friday called for urgent actions on speed management in Ghana, as it climaxed the UN Global Road Safety week. The action will aim at reducing road accidents, deaths and injuries by 50 percent by 2020, the target established in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development for the next 15 years (2030).
The UN global road safety week focuses on speed management and what can be done by all stakeholders to address that key risk factor of road accidents, deaths and injuries.
More than 1.25 million people die each year on the world’s roads, making road traffic injuries one of the leading causes of death globally. According to the National Road Safety Commission, speeding contributes to 60 percent of road accidents in Ghana.
Already, between January and April this year, the commission recorded over 4,000 accidents, involving more than 6,000 vehicles that resulted in over 700 deaths due to speeding. Almost 4,000 people have been injured.
The UN Resident Coordinator to Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, called for stakeholders’ action to reduce speeding on the roads to save lives and also to achieve the SDG target of halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. (The target is now hopelessly unrealistic. Perhaps the UN coordinator will tell Ghana exactly what they can do to achieve speed reduction, what it will cost and who will pay for it ?- Ed)
“UN Member-States have agreed on this ambitious target to save lives on our roads…and it is our joint responsibility to make sure this goal becomes a reality in Ghana,” she told the media.
The government says 90 percent of all road traffic crashes are caused by human error, hence they can be prevented.
This was said by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Jorum Gumbo in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Minister Engineer Michael Madanha at the commemoration of Global Road Safety Week.
Dr Gumbo said speeding contributes one third of all fatal road traffic crashes as excessive and inappropriate speed is prevalent on the country’s roads.
The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe board chairman Mr Moses Chihuri said the 4th Global Road Safety Week is running under the theme: ‘Save Lives: Slow Down’. The focus is on ensuring motorists reduce speed on the country’s roads. Global research indicates that a 5 percent cut in average speed can result in a 30 percent reduction of the number of fatal road crashes.
Accident kills 2 people 9 injured
TWO people died while nine others were injured when a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident along the Harare-Chirundu Road near Banket on Monday night.
“A Nissan Vanette was travelling due west along Harare-Chirundu Road with nine passengers on board and on approaching the 91km peg, the driver encroached into the lane of an oncoming Nissan Sunny resulting in a head-on collision. “One person died on the spot and the other one died at Banket Hospital,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
The deceased were identified as Freddy Jonathan (43) and Stanley Nyamagara (77) of Banket.
Their bodies were taken to Banket Hospital mortuary for postmortem while the injured were taken to the same hospital for treatment. “Police are urging motorists to exercise caution on the roads. Drivers must keep their lanes to avoid interference with other road users,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
South Africa: Police minister scolds driver online
11th May 2017
Mbalula, nicknamed “Razzmatazz” from his time as sports and recreation minister, has more than 750,000 Twitter followers.
A South African woman seeking advice on Twitter about buying a driver’s license got more than she bargained for on Wednesday when her inquiry caught the eye of police minister and prolific tweeter Fikile Mbalula.
“It’s a criminal offence to buy a driver’s license (like a) ngathi ligwinya,” Mbalula tweeted back, using a local word for a doughnut. “It will get you, the traffic department and the driving school arrested.”
Mbalula, nicknamed “Razzmatazz” from his time as sports and recreation minister, has more than 750,000 Twitter followers and sees his personal feed as a useful tool in the fight against South Africa’s high crime rates.
South Africa’s traffic laws and regulations are tight by African standards although reports of driving instructors asking for bribes or people driving without a valid license are common.
Ghana: You can be jailed for crossing roads ‘recklessly’ – MTTD warns
10th May 2017
Pedestrians who cross road indiscriminately are to be prosecuted in order to reduce carnage on the roads, the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) has warned.
The officer in charge of Education, Research and Training of the MTTD, DSP Alexander Obeng observed that persons who have been knocked down by vehicles in the first quarter of this year are more than that of last year.
A total of 1,303 persons were knocked down by vehicles, resulting in 703 deaths in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the 894 deaths recorded in the whole of last year.
This, he said, makes it impending on the MTTD as a law enforcing agency to find mechanisms to reduce accident to the barest minimum.
Police officers across the country would soon be given orders to arrest and prosecute persons who would cross any road carelessly, DSP Obeng revealed to Onua FM News whilst reacting to a proposal by a magistrate judge Mrs. Victoria Akua Ghansah who presides over the Abeka District Court had charged the Ghana Police Service to prosecute pedestrians who cross the road anyhow and therefore causing accidents and putting drivers into trouble.
She was not happy that law enforcing agencies are only interested in holding drivers responsible for accidents and not pedestrians who do not pay heed to road safety regulations. The magistrate made the proposal whilst passing judgment on cases involving various traffic offenses, including careless and inconsiderate driving.
Fatal accident claims two, injures three
TWO people died and three others injured when a car they where traveling in overturned twice at 216KM peg along Mutare-Masvingo road near Pamushana Mission High School.
According to a police internal c-trap seen by Bulawayo24.com, the fatal accident happened early Sunday morning. “Darlington Dube was driving along Mutare-Masvingo road towards Mutate with 4 passengers on board. “Upon reaching the 216km peg near Pamushana Mission High School he lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road to the left, overturned twice and landed on its wheels.
“Five people were injured as a result of the accident” reads part of the confidential Masvingo East District report filled under number 117B/17. They were rushed to Silveira Mission Hospital were Barbra Dube (39) the car owner and Sasha Ruvarashe Dube aged nine died upon arrival.
The injured where identified as Seth Tanaka Dube (16), driver Dube and Rukara Benjamin aged 38.
All have Mutare addresses.
Magana said that 1,178 people were injured while 220 died within the period under review. According to him, the crashes were mostly caused by speeding. Therefore, the FRSC had started arresting commercial motorists without speed limiters, he said.
The commander further said that the focus of the 4th UN Road Safety Week was to increase understanding on the danger of speeding and take appropriate action to address the problem. Magana called for the support and understanding of the members of the public in the agency’s efforts to reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum.
Kombi, truck head-on kills 11
ELEVEN people died while several others were seriously injured when a Toyota Hiace commuter omnibus collided head-on with a haulage truck near Summerview shopping centre in Zhombe along Gokwe-Kwekwe highway on Friday night.
The accident occurred at around 7 PM when the Gokwe bound commuter omnibus which had approximately 18 people on board collided head-on with a haulage truck which was heading towards Kwekwe.
According to passengers, the haulage truck first sideswiped an ox drawn cart which had three people on board and swerved to the right encroaching onto the lane of the oncoming commuter omnibus resulting in the head-on collision. They said three of the dead were in the cart while eight were in the kombi.
Zhombe Legislator, Engineer Daniel McKenzie Ncube confirmed the accident saying eight people died on the spot as a result of the collision while the other three died at Kwekwe District Hospital where the injured were rushed to.
He said the driver of the haulage truck lost control of the vehicle when he sideswiped a scotch cart and encroached onto the lane of the oncoming commuter omnibus resulting in the head-on collision. A survivor Mr Kenny Magoronga who was travelling in the commuter omnibus said after the haulage truck sideswiped with a scotch cart killing all the three people in the cart, it swerved to the right lane.
“I am one of the passengers who were injured in the accident. Eleven people died in the accident according to the information we got. We were going towards Gokwe when a haulage truck hit a scotch cart before swerving to the right encroaching into our lane resulting in a head on collision,” he said.
Police Officer Commanding Midlands Senior Assistant Inspector Abigail Moyo could neither deny nor confirm the accident. “I was not in the office for the past few days because I am off duty. I however received a report on the accident but I do not have enough details,” she said.
National Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said he was not in the office while Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba’s mobile phone went unanswered.
21 killed 33 injured as truck hits minibus in Guinea
8th May 2017
Conakry – At least 21 people, mostly women, were killed in a head-on crash between a truck and a minibus packed with passengers in Guinea, police said on Sunday.
The deadly crash took place on Saturday just north of the capital Conakry, with the minibus crushed by a truck which was carrying sand, authorities and AFP correspondents at the scene said.
“The toll from the deadly accident on Saturday near Dubreka is at least 21 dead, including 12 women,” said road police official Babacar Sarr, referring to a town some 50km north of the capital. Another 33 people were injured, Sarr said, explaining that the minibus was “packed” with passengers up to “the luggage rack”, some of whom were on their way to a wedding.
The minibus driver “made a dangerous passing” on the road and the vehicle came “head-to-head with a truck which was transporting sand,” he said.
Deadly road accidents happen often in the west African country and are generally due to bad road conditions or rundown vehicles, and careless driving.
Tanzania school bus crash kills dozens
6th May 2017
More than 30 people – almost all of them schoolchildren – have been killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania, officials say.
They say the bus plunged off the road in a steep ravine near the town of Karatu.
A number of people were injured. Officials are now trying to remove dead bodies from the vehicle. The students from a primary school in Arusha were travelling to another school to sit an exam. The final year pupils from the Lucky Vincent school – believed to be aged between 12 and 14 – were on their way to take mock exams when the accident happened on Saturday morning. Two teachers and the driver were also killed.
President John Magufuli said the accident was a “national tragedy”. “This accident extinguishes the dreams of these children who were preparing to serve the nation, it is an immense pain for the families involved and for the whole nation,” he said.
The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Tanzania has a poor road safety network but the bus remains the main mode of transport between towns. More than 11,000 people died in road accidents in the country between 2014 and 2016, according to government figures.
DA wants IPID to investigate Mabuza’s convoy accident
6th May 2017 Mthobisi Mkhaliphi
The Democratic Alliance has called on the IPID to investigate the cause of the accident that left a pedestrian killed by one of the convoy police vehicles that were transporting Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. The DA also wants the high speed blue lights brigades to be banned in the province following the incident.
A 71 year old man, Sgangeni Manzini was killed by the convoy of Premier David Mabuza on Thursday morning. It is believed that taxi owner Manzini was attempting to cross the road when he was knocked down by the convoy police vehicle.
The accident occurred on the N4 road near Croc Valley few kilometres outside Mbombela. and according to the statement that was released by Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, the Premier was rushing to the airport when the tragic accident took place.
Mncwango said Mabuza was expected to meet with the family of the deceased to convey his condolences and deep sorrow over the accident. Meanwhile the DA in the province has called on the IPID to investigate the matter.
DA Spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Portia Adams says their main concern is that this is not the first crash that involves blue light convoys. “We had the incident in 2012 with Minister Mahlobo’s convoy as well, where a head-on collision happened and Herman van Schalkwyk was killed in that accident. We also had an incident sometime last year in September if I am not mistaken and another passenger was also killed, so it’s not the first incident that has happened in the province hence we saying the IPID must actually come in now and do investigation specifically on this one.
In the Western Cape they’ve done away with it, they’ve done away with the blue light convoy. If I’m not mistaken I think it’s only the president who is allowed to use a blue light convoy but other public representatives and other officials do not use it, are their security compromised ? No it is not compromised. So how will their safety be compromised here in the province once we remove it, that I don’t think it is going to be compromised?”
Meanwhile Mpumalanga police have confirmed that a case of culpable homicide is being investigated. Police Spokesperson, Leonard Hlathi says the case might be handed over to the IPID. “The case is with us, normally what we do is that we inform the IPID to then check in their mandate whether they are going to take over the investigation or not. Some of the investigations they leave them with us to investigate. We working with them, they will then indicate whether they want to take over the investigation or not.”
The deceased, Manzini will be laid to rest next week.
Three family members killed in accident on way to relative’s funeral
6th May 2017 By GEORGE MURAGE
“An officer who did not want to be named said the third person – a minor – died at Naivasha sub-county hospital.” /THE STAR
Three family members were killed in an accident on their way to a relative’s funeral in Kakamega on Friday morning. The accident occurred on Nairobi-Nakuru highway involved a trailer.
Witnesses said the vehicle overtook several cars on its way from Nakuru to Nairobi before ramming into the personal car the three were in. Jane Wambui said heavy rains have affected visibility but that the trailer’s driver was to blame.
“Two adults died at the scene while others were rushed to hospital in critical condition,” she said. An officer who did not want to be named said the third person – a minor – died at Naivasha sub-county hospital. He said three people were in critical condition at the hospital.
Witness Jennifer Muthoni said the driver of the private car tried in vain to avoid the trailer. He said the adults were thrown out of the car while others were trapped in the wreck. “The trailer landed on the side of the road leading to a massive traffic jam,” she said. Police launched a search for the driver and towed the wreckage to Naivasha police station.
The accident comes barely a month after four mourners died near Gilgil weighbridge while on their way back to Nairobi from a funeral in Western.
Cyclist Costa Seibeb dies in accident
Rolf Adrian of the Namibian Cycling Federation confirmed the news saying it was a huge loss for Namibian cycling. Costa was a rare talent and his death is a huge loss for Namibian cycling. Seibeb was the defending Namibian Mountainbike Marathon champion while he won numerous Namibian titles during his career.
Namibia: Road carnage worsens
5th May 2017 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
ROAD fatalities during the May Day long weekend have shot up from 13 last year to 32 in 2017, police said yesterday.
The statistics cover the period from 28 April to 1 May. While it was reported yesterday that 22 people died on the roads between 28 April to 1 May midday, the number has grown to 32 with 10 more deaths reported in the final hours of Monday.
According to statistics issued by the police, 77 crashes and 207 injuries were recorded this year compared to 78 crashes and 125 injuries last year. The crashes decreased by one, but 19 more deaths have been recorded this year.
Memorial service for 18 pupils killed in horror accident is held amid tears and grief
5th May 2017
A memorial service for the 18 pupils killed in a road accident in South Africa has been held – Local education and transport officials termed the loss of the 18 pupils “a national loss” – They also pledged to support the families of the deceased A memorail service for the 18 pupils killed in a horrific road accident in South Africa.
The mood was somber as families, teachers, and fellow pupils remembered their loved ones who perished when a minibus taxi exploded in flames after it collided with a truck in Bronkhorstspruit, 50km east of Pretoria, on April 21. Pupils fro Refano primary school, which lost 14 pupils, sang: “We will remember you, our friends.”
Panyaza Lesufi, the head of the Transport department in Gauteng province, said the loss of the pupils is “a national loss.” Lesufi said: “I want to stand here and say we must not allow death to be normal. It’s abnormal to lose 20 people at the same time, and to me, it’s a national disaster.”
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has told family members and fellow learners at a memorial service in Sokhulumi, Mpumalanga, that tombstones in remembrance of the 18 pupils who died in the horror minibus crash, will be put up. Lesufi said the tombstones, bearing the names of the learners who died, will be put up at the entrances of Refano Primary School and Mahlenga High School – the two schools who had lost pupils in the crash.
Road accident kills 83 people in Ashanti Region
5th May 2017
A total of 83 people were killed in road crashes in the Ashanti Region during the first quarter of the year, Samuel Obeng Asiamah, Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has announced.
AAccording to him, 127 others also suffered broken bones and cuts and described the trend as quite disheartening. Mr Samuel Obeng Asiamah in an interview with Kumasi based Abusua FM’s Osei Kwadwo disclosed that from January to March, a total of 200 accidents cases were recorded. There’s a slight increase in the statistics as the region recorded 78 during the same period under review in 2016.
Ghana is said to have one of the highest road accident fatality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world. The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in 2016 described the number of road accidents recorded as overwhelming. The Commission recorded over 11,000 accidents in 2016; about 2,000 more cases from the 2015 figure of about 9,000.
It said it had failed to meet its 2016 target in reducing traffic-related deaths to 1,000.
Crash cop charged with triple homicicide
A POLICE officer who allegedly overtook another vehicle at a blind rise resulting in a head-on collision that killed the chief executive officer of Redcliff-based company, Steelmakers, Mr Alexander Johnson and two others has appeared in court facing three counts of culpable homicide.
Constable Privilege Fundira (31) of Number 1 Mugabe Way in Newton suburb, Kwekwe who was driving without a driver’s licence, allegedly caused the death of Mr Johnson, his wife Achamma and their driver Mr Sherman Majuru last year.
Fundira who appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Mr Livard Philemon, pleaded not guilty to all the counts and was remanded in custody to May 5.
Fundira produced a photocopy of a licence he claimed to have obtained from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, Mr Philemon said the licence appeared to be fake.
Prosecuting, Ms Yeukai Mugumba said on May 18 last year, Fundira was driving a Mercedes Benz along the Harare-Kwekwe road towards Kwekwe without a driver’s licence.
“On the same date, Mr Sherman Majuru, the driver of Mr Johnson’s vehicle was driving a Mercedes Benz on the same road going the opposite direction with Mr and Mrs Johnson on board,” she said.
Ms Mugumba said on approaching the 196 km peg, near Sable Chemicals Company near Kwekwe, Fundira overtook a vehicle that was in front of him resulting in a head on collision with Mr Johnson’s vehicle. Mr Johnson and his wife died on the spot while Mr Majuru died on admission to Kwekwe District Hospital,” she said.
The court heard that Fundira and two other passengers were seriously injured and were taken to Kwekwe District Hospital where they were admitted and later discharged.
“The driver was negligent as he was travelling at an excessive speed under the circumstances and even went on to overtake on double continuous lines. Fundira failed to stop or act reasonably when an accident or collision seemed imminent and failed to keep the motor vehicle under proper control,” said Ms Mugumba.
In Osun 23 die in road accidents in April
4th May 2017
99 persons were injured during the accidents, while 118 road traffic offenders were booked.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun said 23 deaths were recorded in road accidents in the state in April.
The Sector Commander of the corps, Mr Umaru Ibrahim, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Osogbo. Ibrahim said the 23 crashes involved more than 391 persons. He attributed the incidents to speeding, poor condition of the roads as well as failure by motorists to comply with traffic rules and regulations.
According to him, 99 persons were injured during the accidents, while 118 road traffic offenders were booked.
Ibrahim said, 12 radio programmes and Television programmes were embarked upon to sensitise the public on road usage. The sector commander called on motorists to comply with road safety rules, adding that the agency was committed to securing lives on the roads.
Namibia: 178km stretch of death
News – National | 2017-05-03 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
THE 178km stretch of road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo has claimed more than 20 lives this year alone, making it one of the deadliest roads in the country.Between 28 April and 1 May, 17 people were killed on this part of the B1 main road. In the latest carnage, 10 people were burnt beyond recognition on Sunday when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a bakkie. All five people in the bakkie also died on the spot. Two others died on the same stretch of road on Monday evening.This is the same stretch that claimed the life of the former fisheries permanent secretary Uitala Hiveluah last November, and the president of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), Raimo Hausiku.Just last month, youth minister Jerry Ekandjo’s driver, Jafet Amakati, was also killed on this road when the government car he was driving collided with another car.
Most of the accidents on this stretch of road appear to occur closer to Okahandja than to Otjiwarongo.
As with Sunday’s horrific mass deaths, the incidence of mass casualties on this stretch is not uncommon. In 2012, 10 people died in a crash just 10km outside Okahandja.
The accident that killed Hiveluah also claimed the lives of five others on 11 November 2016. This happened about 50km outside Okahandja.
In September 2016, six people died on the spot when two cars collided at the 33km mark north of Okahandja, while a bus and truck collision on 28 January 2014, 25km outside Okahandja, killed seven people. An accident on the same road also claimed four lives in two different accidents a day apart in early April this year.
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund CEO Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said the Otjozondjupa region has the second highest crash and fatality rates, especially on the road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo.
She said while the causes of the accidents are multifaceted, drunk driving, speeding, animal collisions and mechanical failures can be considered as the most common causes.
“Vehicle congestion during long weekends have become a problem as drivers become impatient and overtake where and when they are not supposed to do so,” Martins-Hausiku said.
She said the fund has paid N$160 million in medical bills for accident survivors for the 2016/17 financial year, which is the highest amount ever paid.
In an update on Sunday’s horror crash, police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi said the names of the deceased cannot be released as the remains of those who burned in the Iveco bus have not been identified yet.
Police and the MVA Fund are urging road users to practise caution as the high number of crashes on this particular stretch of road has become highly alarming.
Namibia: 22 killed on roads
News – National | 2017-05-02by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
The accident that claimed 15 lives involved an Iveco minibus with 24 occupants that collided with a Nissan bakkie carrying five people. The accident occurred on the B1 main road 85 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo on Sunday afternoon at about 16h00. The bus burst into flames following impact. Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, transport minister Alpheus !Naruseb described the mass death as “sad, painful and disappointing”.
“It is so depressing that we have to lose fine sons and daughters on the roads in these accidents. It is very bad,” the minister said, adding that he was yet to be briefed on the details of the accident, since he was out of the country.
Yesterday afternoon police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi said the cause of the accident had not been determined yet, but said it was definitely a sideswipe incident. Ten occupants of the minibus, which was travelling from the north, were burnt beyond recognition after the vehicle caught fire while all the occupants of the bakkie also died on the spot. Fourteen people travelling in the minibus survived the accident and sustained varying degrees of injury and were rushed to various hospitals.
Police have asked that those with relatives who travelled from the north on Sunday but did not reach their destination, should visit the Windhoek police mortuary to assist with DNA samples for identification.
In another road accident, Ester Kunovale Shatipamba (31) died at the Tsumeb State Hospital after the vehicle she was travelling in with her family overturned on the B1 main road between Tsumeb and Oshivelo at about 13h45 on Friday. Shatipamba’s husband, who was driving, allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Oshakati State Hospital where he is said to be in a critical condition. Other occupants sustained slight to serious injuries.
Also on Friday, Anthea Isaaks (24) and Ricardo Swartz (13) died instantly after the Polo Vivo they were travelling in overturned after its left tyres burst, causing the car to overturn. The accident happened on the Aus/Keetmanshoop road. The driver and an unknown number of passengers sustained slight injuries.
Angela Kheibes (39) died on Saturday after the car she was travelling in also overturned. The accident happened about 10km north of Keetmanshoop on the B1 main road at about 17h00. The driver sustained slight injuries.
Richard Karipo died instantly on the Hereford road on Friday evening after he allegedly veered into the lane of an oncoming Iveco bus carrying 24 people causing a head-on collision with his car. The driver of the minibus and some of the passengers sustained injuries of varying degrees.
Xalied Nadia van der Bergh (27) died on Saturday on the B1 main road between Rehoboth and Windhoek, after the bakkie she was travelling in collided head-on with a sedan. Both drivers sustained serious injuries.
Nicholas Basson (62) died on Saturday on his way to the Dordabis clinic after he fell from a moving vehicle transporting furniture. The accident happened at about 18h30 near Farm /Garib.
Last night 8 people were killed in a head-on collision involving a bakkie & car
3 May 2017, Ngcobo, Eastern Cape: Eight people were killed and 4 others critically injured in a head-on collision between a bakkie and a car on the R61 about 3km outside Ngcobo on Tuesday evening.
It’s believed that the bakkie was carrying 14 people, lost control and collided with the oncoming vehicle killing six people on impact. Two others died on arrival at All Saints Hospital, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.
According to Provincial health spokesman, Sizwe Kupelo, the accident happened just before 19h00 last night.
Kupelo said the reckless behaviour of motorists on the province’s roads was costing the department millions of rands. Two people were killed in Ngcobo on Monday night. He urged drivers to be cautious. Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana pleaded with motorists to stay alert on the road at all times and obey the rules of the road. The MEC send her condolences to the affected families.
Ghana: Doctor, nurse killed at Doctor’s funeral
Two staff of the Kumasi South District Hospital, who were attending the funeral of the late former Akwatia New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Kofi Asare, died on the spot in an accident that occurred at Akyem Anyinase in the Akyemansa District of the Eastern Region Saturday morning.
The two, identified as a doctor and nurse, are Dr Patience Fleischer and Philomena Adomah Kwayie. One Dr. Kwame Boadu and the driver of the hospital’s car, as well as another believed to be the medical director, sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.
Dr Fleischer was said to be an eye specialist at the hospital.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the accident, which occurred at about 8:00 am, was caused by a commercial Kia bus with registration number GT 4921-15, which was coming from Kumasi to Oda. It reportedly had a brake failure and rammed the Toyota Fortuner with registration number GT 6284-15 belonging to the Kumasi South Hospital. The driver of the Kia is in the grips of the Oda police to assist in investigation.
1 person was killed, 5 injured in bakkie roll-over collision Potchefstroom
2 May 2017, Potchefstroom: One man was killed and five others injured this morning when a bakkie overturned on the N12 Highway, approximately 15km outside of Potchefstroom. When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene, the found a bakkie lying upright on the side of the road. Six people were found scattered around the vehicle. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that one man had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life.
Unfortunately, the man had already succumbed to his injuries. Nothing could be done for the man and he was declared dead on the scene. Five other men were found lying around the vehicle. Assessments showed that their injuries ranged from minor to moderate.
The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital for further treatment. The driver of the bakkie was apparently not found on the scene. The exact cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Man’s leg falls into lagoon after ghastly accident on Third Mainland Bridge
2nd May 2017 Author: Nomso Obiajuru
A passenger in a Danfo bus has lost his leg following a ghastly accident on Third Mainland Bridge – His leg fell into the lagoon after the danfo bus sustained a heavy crash with a private car on the bridge – RRS riders and monitors are at the scene of the accident to help recover the missing leg
A yet to be identified man on Sunday morning, April 30, lost his limb in an accident between a red Toyota and a commercial bus otherwise known as ‘Danfo’. According to a report on The Nation, the victim, who was a passenger in the danfo bus, sat in front when the accident happened.
His limb was reported to have fallen into the lagoon after the bus sustained a heavy crash with a private car on the bridge. It was gathered that RRS riders and monitors at the scene subsequently called for emergency unit to help recover the missing leg. And as it the time of this report, effort by the Marine Police and a team of RRS officials is on, while the man has been moved to Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.
Biker killed in collision with kudu among 8 to die in weekend crashes
1st May 2017 News24 Correspondent
Three people were seriously injured after a bus they were travelling in hit debris deposited on a section of Narok-Maimahiu road by flash floods on Sunday morning. The area has been experiencing heavy rains in the last two days.
According to Narok police boss Phillip Kipkurui, on Saturday night, tens of motorists travelling to Narok, Bomet, Kisii, Nyanza and western Kenya were delayed for hours as the floods rendered the highway impassable near Suswa trading centre.
“We call on motorists to be careful when approaching this area, there are heavy rains at the moment,” said the OCPD.
DEATH TOLL IN MALILI ROAD ACCIDENT RISES TO EIGHT
29th April 2017
By PIUS MAUNDU
The death toll in Thursday morning’s road crash involving a minibus and a lorry near Malili shopping centre on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway has risen to eight.
Among those killed was the driver of the minibus christened Jasho Dreams that plies Nairobi and Kambu shopping centre in Makueni County. Ten other people were injured and are admitted in different hospitals in Machakos.
“The matatu was heading towards Nairobi and it was attempting to overtake another vehicle,” Mukaa OCPD Zacharia Bitok told Daily Nation on phone. Bodies of the victims were taken to Machakos Hospital mortuary.
The incident happened barely two days after 25 people were killed in a crash involving a bus and a tanker at Kambu shopping centre in Mtito-Andei, Makueni County, early Tuesday. The bus driver was overtaking at Kalulu bridge. On seeing the oncoming tanker, he tried to return to his lane but crashed into the truck and rolled, police said.
Accident blamed on driver fatigue
by Staff reporter 29th April 2017
The big tree into which the Inter Africa bus crashed into near Shamu Business Centre killing five people on the spot. – (Pictures by Tinai Nyadzayo) The accident of the Mutare-bound Inter Africa bus, which veered off the road and hit a huge tree at a lay-by near Odzi, killing five people in the process, has been blamed on driver fatigue.
The tragic accident occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday just after Shamu Business Centre along the Harare-Mutare Highway. Several other passengers escaped the tragedy unhurt.
The bus had 48 passengers on board.
Officer Commanding Police in Manicaland, Senior Assistant Commissioner Isaac Tayengwa who visited the accident scene blamed the accident on possible fatigue. He could not disclose the names of the deceased persons as their families had not been advised, except Lawson Hokonya, who was positively identified by his two sisters, who rushed to the scene as news of the accident spread.
The injured were rushed by ambulances to Mutare Provincial Hospital and Rusape General Hospital. Those taken to Mutare Provincial Hospital were the serious ones, having sustained head, facial and eye injuries.
The chairperson of the civil protection unit, and Manicaland Provincial Administrator Mr Edgar Seenza yesterday told Diamond FM that two of the survivors had been referred for further managed care after their eyes were gouged during the accident. Authorities at the provincial referral hospital have since recommended that the victims undergo optical surgery to remove glass debris lodged in their eyes.
Others sustained broken hands, legs and ribs.
“The bus was travelling to Mutare from Bulawayo, and 100m after Shamu Business Centre, it encroached onto the extreme of the opposite right lane, where it hit a huge Muonde Tree and swerved to its lane, where it eventually stopped after a distance of about 100m away. As a result, five people died on the spot and nine others were rushed to Mutare Provincial Hospital and Rusape General Hospital. We do not know if the driver was tired or not,” said Sr Asst Com Tayengwa.
“Police encourage drivers of long distance public transport to take adequate rest before embarking on the journey, and in this case, there is an element of fatigue. Drivers should also exercise extreme caution and avoid speeding on the road to avoid loss of lives,” he said.
One of the survivors, Rodwell Wemba, said the bus left Bulawayo around 8pm on Tuesday. The Shamu accident occurred around 3am.
“The driver pulled off and took a nap at Nyazura and between Nyazura and Shamu, the speed was safe. I only heard a loud bang as the bus hit the tree by its right side. I was seated on the left side and was the third person to disembark. At first we thought no one was injured, and it was only when we looked at the wrecked right side of the bus that we noticed a human hand hanging in the wreckage.
“We got back into the bus and realised that some passengers had been trapped. There could be an element of fatigue, but the bus was not speeding. I am relieved to be alive because when we were still in Bulawayo, I had occupied a seat that someone had booked, and was told to look for an empty one. Unfortunately the guy who asked me to leave that seat was among those who died in the accident, and I wonder what my fate would have been if I had insisted on occupying that seat,” said Rodwell.
The response from police, the fire brigade and ambulance services was swift, leading to the expeditious retrieval of trapped bodies and ferrying injured victims to hospital. One of the late Lawson Hokonya’s sisters, who refused to be named, described Wednesday as a black day for their family.
“It is a tragedy. Lawson was coming to Mutare from Bulawayo. He is our brother and we lost him in this accident and it is unbelievable that what was meant to be a family reunion turned into a black day. We are shocked that things have turned this way. We do not know where from. It is painful,” she said, with tears of pain welling down her cheeks.
Agency advises motorists to use good wipers, tyres as rainy season commences
28th April 2017
He said that motorists plying the road during rains without good wiper and tyre were endangering their lives and those of other road usersMr Yusuf Salami, Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday urged motorists to ensure that they had good wipers and tyres as the rainy season commenced.
Salami gave the advice on Thursday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. He said that motorists plying the road during rains without good wiper and tyre were endangering their lives and those of other road users. He said that good wiper would enable clear visibility of the windscreen during the rain, while vehicle with good tyre would grip well whenever the brake was applied during rain. The sector commander advised motorists to park and wait when they felt that they could not move well due to heavy rain than to continue driving and kill themselves.
Salami condemned a situation whereby parents allowed underage children to drive believing that they were making them comfortable. “The corps made it clear to parents that they are putting those children to death.” “It is an offence for children below 18 years to drive on Nigerian roads because they lack proper knowledge of the rules and regulations on road usage.” “The corps will continue to check these anomalies and the vehicle of anybody caught will be impounded while the parent of such a child will be invited and fined accordingly.”
“ We will also educate such parents on why they should not put the lives of their children in danger because the corps was not interested in the fine but to ensure that lives of road users are safe,’’ Salami said.
The sector commander advised drivers who were in the habit of drinking alcohol while driving to desist from the act, saying the corps had a machine that could easily detect such driver.
He said that vehicle of any driver discovered to have taken alcohol would be impounded to deter the driver from driving while drunk.
“We will let the passengers, if the driver is a transporter, be aware that they are being driven by a drunk as we impound the vehicle.” “If it is in a place that we can call the union, we would call them to bring another vehicle to carry the passengers,’’ Salami said.
He said that the corps had been and would continue to engage in series of public enlightenment and sensitisation campaign in motor parks, market places, Mosques and Churches, among others.
Salami said that the purpose of the campaign was to let the public know why they should abide by the rules and regulations of road usage. He said that the corps needed collaboration of members of the public and various unions such as the NURTW to educate the road users as the corps could not do it alone.
Inter Africa bus kills 5 people
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[10:05, 4/26/2017] +263 7*********: 👆🏿interAfrica 🚌 bus this morning paShamhu along Harare -Mutare road five died on the spot
[10:06, 4/26/2017] +263 7*********: Veered off the road to the right, hit a culvert n side swiped a big road side tree, deflated right front wheel n rested 201 metres later…..
Ten die in Southport N2 accident
27th April 2017 Fever Reporter
PHOTO: suppliedTwo of the three taxis involved in the accident that claimed 10 lives.
AN accident on Monday night involving three minibus taxis on the N2 in Southport claimed 10 lives, three of whom were children.Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said in her accident report that two of the taxis were allegedly travelling south and another was travelling north when the collision occurred.“Nine people, three of whom were children, died and nine others were taken to hospital for treatment.“One driver was among the deceased. One taxi driver was injured, the third driver did not sustain injuries. The taxis will be subjected to a mechanical investigation as well,” said Wiid. She said a culpable homicide docket is being investigated and no formal identification of the deceased has been done.
President Uhuru Mourns Victims of Tragic Accident in Kibwezi that Claimed the Lives of 26
President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned victims of the grisly road accident at Kambu near Kibwezi along the Nairobi – Mombasa highway.
The President sent a message of condolence to the families, relatives, and friends of the 26 bus passengers who lost their lives in the road accident at Kambu Monday night.
In a statement to newsrooms, the Head of State urged motorists to be extra careful and observe traffic rules to avoid road accidents. He also wished a quick recovery to those injured in the accident and are either recuperating at home or admitted to various hospitals.
The accident occurred when a Mombasa-bound bus, belonging to Buscar company, collided head-on with a tanker. Kibwezi police boss Leonard Kimaiyo said scores were injured and had been rushed to various hospitals where they are undergoing treatment.
The president also mourned former Foreign Affairs Minister Fredrick Lawrence Munyua Waiyaki who died yesterday morning at the age of 91.President Kenyatta described the late Waiyaki as an illustrious son of Kenya and a pioneer diplomat who played a leading role in laying the foundation for the country’s post-independence development.
“As we mourn and pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate his life and achievements. Although Hon. Waiyaki has left us, his inspirational life will remain a great legacy to his family and the nation,” President Kenyatta said.
Mr Waiyaki, 91, died while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
NELSON MANDELA BAY SENIOR TRAFFIC OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY
26th April 2017
A 51-year-old, senior traffic official, from the Nelson Mandela Bay traffic department was arrested today, 25 April 2017 at about 16:30, on charges of corruption and bribery, following a sting operation that was conducted.
It is alleged that the traffic official wanted R200 from the complainant in exchange for not writing out a traffic fine and returning the complainants drivers licence. The exchange took place at Queen Mary Crescent and the traffic official was subsequently arrested by the police. The suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court soon.
Uitenhage Station Commander, Brigadier Laurence Soekoe said: “The arrest proves that there are consequences for unethical and unprofessional conduct by law enforcers and the SAPS is committed to ensure that all cases of corruption and bribery are investigated thoroughly’.
Fifteen people killed in Ntunjambili accident
2017-04-26 Weekly Reporter
KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, has expressed shock and dismay at the death of 15 people in a road accident involving a bus at Nkandla Road, Ntunjambili on Saturday morning.
A bus, with a Durban registration, overturned – possibly because of brake failure – killing 12 people on scene and injuring six who were taken to Njunjambili Hospital. Three of the six injured succumbed to their injuries in hospital raising the death toll to 15. The bus was transporting people from Bulwer (Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality) to eNkandla for a traditional wedding.
MEC Kaunda expressed shock and dismay at this accident, ordering traffic officials to investigate and find the full cause of this “disaster”.
“We are really hurt and disappointed at this disaster which occurred after we have been working for weeks to avoid such disasters. Traffic officers have been placed on the full alert and have been tasked to get engineers to get into the bottom of this matter.
“We wish to, once again, urge people of KwaZulu-Natal to make sure that they drive safely and do not worsen the situation. Passengers should check on the condition of drivers and vehicles they are using.
“Our message to all people of KwaZulu-Natal is that safety, both on our roads and in our communities, is a collective responsibility for all of us,” said Kaunda, who extended his heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their love ones.
A multi-disciplinary team from SAPS collision unit, the Road Traffic Inspectorate and Public Transport Enforcement Services from the Department of Transport will continue with their thorough investigation.
More work including the reconstruction of the scene, thorough mechanical assessment and general condition of the bus will unfold over the next few days.
Looking at the possibility of overloading and inexperienced driver will also form part of the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by this horrific bus crash. We are further disturbed by the fact that the death toll has now risen to 15, all victims are females. We hope and pray that the scores of those who are injured and are still in hospital will stabilise and recover soon. I still find it difficult to come to terms with what I saw at the scene and the trauma felt by some of the family members who were there. We once again send our deepest condolences to all the affected families.
We are also calling on traffic enforcement agencies to close the ranks by punishing all road traffic violations during the Easter holidays and beyond,” said Kaunda.
It will take a week to identify school kids burnt in taxi crash – MEC
25th April 2017 Iavan Pijoos, Mpho Raborife and Yvonne Silaule, News24
This image shows a close up of the taxi in which they were traveling. (Lerato Sejake, News24)
Verena – It would take a week to get the results of DNA tests done on the 18 pupils killed in a minibus taxi crash in Mpumalanga, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday
Road accidents: 760 killed, 8130 injured during first quarter of 2017
ALGIERS- 760 people were killed and 8130 others injured in 5769 road accidents that occurred throughout the national territory during the first quarter of 2017, said a report of the National Centre of Prevention against Road Accidents on Monday.
Compared to the same period of last year, the centre recorded a decrease in death number by -14.22) % and of injured by -19.21%, added the source.
The National Centre of Prevention against Road Accidents had said the category aged 18-29 is involved in 24% of traffic accidents.
‘Inconsistencies in Easter 2017 road carnage spin’ – JPSA
25th April 2017
Cape Town – On April 21, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi announced that 235 people had been killed on South African roads during the the 2017 Easter holidays.
Death nearly had his way after comedian Ayeiya was laid to rest. You see, right after Emmanuel Makori was laid to rest by his grandmother’s side, the funeral done and dusted, most of the celebrities who had made their way to Nyamira in Kisii left for their own abodes back in Nairobi.
And while on the way back, one Kenyan artist by the name Mr. Bloom was involved in a near fatal accident as his car rolled. He however took to social media to assure his fans that he was safe and sound and that is was all by the grace of God.
AFTER #AYEIYA ‘S FUNERAL,THE LORD SAVED US FROM THIS ROAD ACCIDENT @MOGONGA KISII FOREVER PRAISE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE TO LIVE,WE DONT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN CALLING AND TEXTING,I MIGHT NOT REPLY ALL BUT BUT I FEEL YOUR LOVE AND AM HUMBLED… JUST SOME SLIGHT PAIN BUT WE ARE GOOD
Road deaths cost the state billions
24th April 2017 Msindisi Fengu
A grisly road accident claims the lives of five family members
Five members of a family have lost their lives in a grisly road accident at Sobea black spot at Salagaa.
The accident that occurred along the Nakuru- Kisumu highway on Saturday involved a Nissan matatu and a lorry.Among the people who died were three children and two adults.
The Nissan matatu is said to have been overtaking at a corner when it collided with a truck that was headed to Nakuru.
This comes barely two months after another tragic road accident involving five vehicles and which claimed the life of one person was witnessed at Salgaa along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Ghana: 3 die 35 injured in road crash in Brong Ahafo Region
Three persons including a child have lost their lives in a fatal road crash at Kawanpe, a community near Kintampo in the Kintampo North District of the Brong Ahafo region.
The accident involved a fully loaded Neoplan bus popularly known as ‘Awudu Issahaka’ from Kumasi to Garu in the Upper East region. Eyewitnesses said it somersaulted and fell on its side.
It took the intervention of the Kintampo National Fire Service and a police patrol team to rescue the victims from the accident scene.
Currently 35 passengers including children are injured and being treated at the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.
An official of the hospital, Dr. Owusu Amoako, told Starr News that six of the victims whose conditions are critical have been referred to the Techiman Holy Family Hospital and Komfo Anokye Hospital in Kumasi.
Road accidents: 9 killed, 84 injured in two days
Saturday, 22 April 2017
ALGIERS- Nine people were killed and 84 others injured in 16 traffic accidents during the last 48 hours in several provinces of the country, said the Civil Protection services in a communiqué on Saturday.
Mostaganem recorded the heaviest toll with two dead in collision between a light vehicle and a truck, in the commune of Sidi Lakhdar.
Moreover, the Civil Protection divers pulled 4 teenagers drowned in water reserves (2 in Saïda, 1 in Tizi Ouzou, and another in Tiaret).
The body of a teenager, reported missing at sea since April 16th, at the Promenade des Sablettes in Algiers, was also found and transported to the El Alia morgue.
At least 20 children are killed after a bus crashes into a truck and bursts into flames in South Africa
- At least 20 school children were killed when the minibus they were travelling in crashed into a truck and exploded into a ball of fire in Mpumalanga province
Pictures from the scene showed the bus turned upside down on the side of the road and with smoke pouring out of it.
About 20 children were in the minibus when it collided with a truck in South Africa. ER24 medical service said responders found about 13 children trapped inside the vehicle after its flames were put out.
The other children were found outside the minibus.
The emergency service said the cause of the crash is not yet known.
Kenya: 1 dead, 3 injured in grisly road accident in Malindi
DEATH reported after Modern Coast bus hits lorry
Author: Abdikarim Hussein 20th April 2017
A Modern Coast bus bound for Nairobi has been involved in a fatal accident – The bus hit a stationary lorry near Malindi airport – A 12-year-old boy was rescued after being trapped for hours in the bus A Nairobi bound Modern Coast bus has been involved in fatal accident in Malindi on Wednesday night, April 19. The accident occurred near Malindi airport, when the bus hit a stationary lorry.
The lorry driver is said to have hit a tuk-tuk and escaped. The tuk-tuk driver is said to be in critical condition. A Nairobi bound Modern Coast bus has been involved in fatal accident in Malindi on Wednesday night, April 19.
Modern Coast bus in a statement said the bus driver was killed in the accident, but the number of injured passengers is yet to be confirmed. TUKO.co.ke has learnt that a 12 year-old boy trapped for hours in the bus was rescued by the Kenya Red Cross.
Tanzania: CAG reveals misuse of 300m/- (135,000 USD) road sign funds
- FAUSTINE KAPAMA 20 APRIL 2017
THE Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Prof Mussa Assad, has accused the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) of misusing 309.7m/- that had been allocated for erection of signs for people with disabilities in eight regions of Tanzania Mainland.
“Despite TANROADS having allocated 309.7m/- in the year 2015/2016 for erection of signs for people with disabilities in the eight visited regions, only about 15 per cent of required disability signs was installed,” the CAG pointed out in his performance report on management of roads furniture.
The CAG conducted interviews with TANROADS regional offices from Dar es Salaam, Coast Region, Dodoma, Tanga, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya and Mtwara regions and discovered that some of the funds for disability signs were used for other activities.
For example, he noted, the Mbeya regional office used the funds for road safety activities and procurement of traffic control signal facility which was installed at Mafiat junction.
He said that Mtwara regional office did not install any disability sign despite receiving 21.460m/-in the financial year 2015/2016 for such purpose. Similarly, other regions also reallocated the received safety funds for other maintenance activities. As a result, disability signs were not installed as budgeted for.
“This shows that the regional offices are not keen on attending to issues related to road safety and in particular to road furniture. Out of 718 required signs for people with disabilities, only 106 were installed, which equals to 14.8 per cent of the required signs,” the CAG stated in the report.
He further noted that Iringa Region was ranking high on compliance as they installed 100 per cent of the requirement. However, he said, the audit noted that TANROADS has no information for other regions on installation of disability signs. For example, in Dodoma Region, four disability signs were installed in urban area, but the same was not shown in TANROADS data.
TANROADS was supposed to conduct needs assessment to identify the actual demand of disability signs for each region before disbursing the funds. However, the CAG noted, TANROADS allocated funds for financial year 2015/2016 without considering the regional needs. He said that Iringa Region was given 33m/- for installation of 30 signs while Morogoro Region was given 43.3m/- for installation of 504 signs.
“Most of these regions did not plan and establish need for disability sign. Therefore, the given funds were not adequately spent. TANROADS disbursed funds for procuring disability signs based on the coverage of road networks of each region,” he said.
In addition to the missing roads furniture, the audit by the CAG also observed roads furniture with poor visibility along Morogoro-Dodoma, Dodoma- Iringa, TANZAM Highway (Igawa-Mbeya) and Mbeya- Lwanjilo-Chunya roads.
“Road signs and markings were not easily seen from a distance during day and night. This is because the materials used were not reflective. Also, the guard rails lacked reflective plates. Further, the audit observed that improper location impaired the visibility of road furniture,” he said.
Ghana: 25 killed, 93 injured in road crashes during Easter – MTTD
20th April 2017
Twenty-five people were killed in 120 road crashes across the country during the just-ended Easter festivities, whilst 93 sustained various degrees of injury.
He stated that 26 pedestrians were also knocked down by vehicles during the same period. However no road accidents were recorded in Kwahu in the Eastern Region during the festivities.
The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service which confirmed the figures said there were 17 fatalities on the roads during the celebrations last year. Accidents recorded from April 14 to 17 this year, involved 73 commercial vehicles, 91 private cars and 30 motor cycles.
The breakdown of the accidents in the regions are; Greater Accra 48, Tema – seven,Eastern -16,Central -six,Western -10,Brong-Ahafo – four,Ashanti -18, Volta -seven,Northern -two with Upper West and Upper East recording one each.
The Head of Education Research and Training of the MTTU, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Obeng told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that the causes of the accidents included speeding, indiscipline on the roads and unlawful changing of lanes.
DSP Obeng said as part of efforts to ensure sanity on the roads, the police in collaboration with stakeholders in the transport sector including the Driver Vehicle and Licenses Authority and the National Road Safety Commission have embarked on its vigorous sensitisation programmes.
“We will sustain the pre-Easter education to ensure drivers obey best practices,” adding that “police on the roads will ensure the enforcement of the law.”
DSP Obeng said the MTTD has observed that some drivers either do not have licenses or were using unapproved ones, and cautioned that they soon would embark on an exercise to arrest and prosecute them.
He further warned vehicle owners not to release their vehicles to unlicensed drivers. DSP Obeng urged drivers to tow their vehicles off the road when they develop mechanical faults, adding that the police can be contacted on emergencies lines such as 191 and 18555 for support.
He urged drivers to abide by the road safety regulations to ensure that precious lives and property were saved. Relatedly, our correspondent, David Kodjo, reports from Koforidua that 32 people died in 275 vehicular accidents in the Eastern Region alone between January and March this year.
The Eastern Regional MTTU, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ebenezer Larbi who disclosed this, added that 495 people were also injured while 101 pedestrians were knocked down by vehicles within the same period.
Speaking at a regional road safety education programme, ACP Larbi described the situation as very alarming.
The campaign was organised by the commission to create awareness and reduce the number of road accidents. The Eastern Regional Road Safety Manager, Kwasi Tibi Yirenkyi said the region has some of the most dangerous roads and urged drivers to exercise caution when plying on them.
Ghana: Six die in Assin Juaso road crash
19th April 2017
Four people died on the spot while six others sustained various degrees of injury in a road crash that occurred at Assin Juaso near Assin Fosu in the Central Region on Saturday.
Two others were later confirmed dead at the Saint Francis Xavier Hospital in Assin Fosu and four are currently responding to treatment.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Peprah Asieti, Assin Central Municipal Commander of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD), confirmed the news to reporters at Assin Fosu.
He said the accident occur around 1630 hrs when a Nissan pick-up collided with a Toyota saloon car with a (DV) registration number in an attempt to dodge a pothole.
It took the combined effort of the police and the personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service to rescue all the victims from the damaged vehicles.
ASP Asieti used the opportunity to appeal to drivers to drive with care.
Namibia: MVA Fund claim limits survive challenge
19th April 2017 by Werner Menges
THE limits placed on the amounts of money that victims of road accidents in Namibia can claim from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund are not unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The ruling came in a case in which a young man who lost his eyesight as a result of a motorcycle accident was challenging the constitutionality of the limits placed on claims against the MVA Fund in 2003.
A year after the claim limits were introduced, the then 16-year-old, Alfred Visser, survived an accident that changed his life when he was left blind as a result of head injuries suffered when a motorcycle he was riding was hit by a rental car driven by a German tourist.
The collision, on 28 November 2004, was caused by the German driver’s negligence, acting judge of appeal Theo Frank noted in the Supreme Court’s judgement on an appeal that Visser brought to the court.
Visser appealed against a High Court judgement in which his constitutional challenge of the caps on claims against the MVA Fund was dismissed in October 2014.
The limits on claims against the MVA Fund were introduced in regulations that the then minister of finance issued under the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Act.
Visser questioned the constitutionality of the regulations in a case in which he was suing the MVA Fund for N$9,08 million, while also pursuing an alternative damages claim of N$8,7 million against car rental company Europcar, which owned the vehicle that was involved in the crash with his motorcycle.
However, the effect of the regulations issued by the finance minister were that Visser’s claim against the MVA Fund would be limited to an amount of N$380 000.
The claim limits introduced through the regulations include limits of N$100 000 for future loss of earnings, N$100 000 for general damages, N$100 000 for past hospital expenses, N$80 000 for past medical expenses, and N$200 000 for future medical expenses.
Read more @ http://www.namibian.com.na/53529/read/MVA-Fund-claim-limits-survive-challenge
3 killed, 35 injured in KZN taxi collision
18th April 2017 Paul Herman, News24
On Monday after two taxis collided on the N3 in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics say.
Biometric driving licence, electronic vehicle registration card to be delivered in next few days
18th April 2017
ALGIERS – Minister of the Interior and the Local Authorities Nouredine Bedoui said Sunday in Algiers that the biometric driving licence and the electronic vehicle registration card will be delivered in the next few days following the completion of their design.
Bedoui who has inaugurated secure documents production unit at the official printing facility added that this operation follows the production of 4 million biometric identity cards since January 2016.
Those projects are part of the application of the government programme aiming the modernization of the public service performances, under the guidelines President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, “who closely follows the progress of the projects,” said Bedoui.
President Bouteflika “is eager to deepen the process of the public service modernization and development” as he wants “a strong and modern Algeria, free of the weight of bureaucracy, corruption and nepotism, and faithful to its principles and the sacrifices of its children.”
Detailing the advantages of the two documents to the citizen, the State and the national economy, the minister said that the new driving licence, equipped with a developed system, is totally safe and will ensure a rigorous legal follow-up of the users.
It falls within the new approach of the prevention against road accidents.
Drunk driving in SA: Jail, criminal record and huge fines
Cape Town – The month of April is not only synonymous with relaxing Easter holiday breaks with loved ones and delicious chocolate eggs but also the anticipated annual carnage on South African roads.
Despite concerted efforts by government and the authorities, our roads still remain amongst the most dangerous in the world . According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) the Easter road death toll dropped from a staggering 287 in 2015 to only 156 in 2016.
The impressive 46% decrease suggests that great headway has been made to reduce the road death toll, and is owed to increased road safety campaigns and high traffic police visibility. But, there is still much more that can be done to make our roads safer and to hold lawbreakers accountable.
Reckless driving Reckless driving and alcohol consumption remain the top reasons for road accidents, due to the fact that the current penalty system doesn’t’ act as an adequate deterrent. It is estimated that approximately 1980 motorists were arrested over last year’s Easter weekend for drunken driving alone.
Six die in car accident
Six people died early this morning while 20 others were injured in an accident involving a Honda Fit and a Nissan Caravan vehicle near Chinhoyi.
Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the accident occurred at the 111 kilometre peg along the Harare-Chirundu road.
He said preliminary investigations indicate that the driver of the Honda Fit encroached into the lane of oncoming vehicles resulting in the head on collision.
Chief Superintendent Nyathi said the Nissan Caravan, which had 24 passengers on board overturned killing four people on the spot while another one died on admission at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital.
He said the driver of the Honda Fit vehicle also died on the spot adding 20 people were injured and were taken to Chinhoyi Hospital for treatment.
Chief Superintendent Nyathi said the names of the people who died in the accident will be released in due course once their next of kin have been informed.
KZN Bus Crash UPDATE: Death toll rises to 14 after two patients passed away in hospital.
16th April 2016
“We are really hurt and disappointed at this disaster which occurred after we have been working for weeks to avoid such disasters. Traffic officers have been placed on the full alert and have been tasked to get engineers to get to the bottom of this matter.”
“We wish to, once again, urge people of KwaZulu-Natal to make sure that they drive safely and do not worsen the situation. Passengers should check on the condition of drivers and vehicles they are using.
“Our message to all people of KwaZulu-Natal is that safety, both on our roads and in our communities, is a collective responsibility for all of us,” said Kaunda.
2 people injured, 1 seriously when vehicle rolls
15 Apr 2017, Gauteng: Vehicle rolls injuring two Last night at around 23h00 a vehicle travelling along Robert Broom drive towards Munsiville south lost control and swerved off the road.
The vehicle rolled as it went down an embankment and came to rest on its roof in a storm drain. Both the front and back seat passenger were injured and fortunately the driver had sustained no injuries.
QRS paramedics were dispatched to the scene and arrived shortly after Netcare911 paramedics.
Both crews worked hard alongside Krugersdorp Fire to rescue the patients from the storm drain.
The front seat passenger sustained moderate injuries whereas the back seat passenger had sustained serious injuries and both required advanced life support intervention to be stabalised.
Shortly after the patients were rescued and stabalised the QRS and Netcare crews transported them to a nearby hospital for further medical care. Authorities were on scene and investigated the cause of the incident.
Kenya spent some borrowed money on wages and salaries, says World Bank
By Otiato Guguyu and Dominic Omondi | Updated Sat, April 15th
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has a word with World Bank Country Director Diarietou Gaye at a past function.
The WB says Kenya is spending too much debt on recurrent budget. The World Bank (WB) has fired a warning shot at the Government for using debt to settle recurrent expenditure. In a new report on the state of the Kenyan economy, the global lender says it has noted with concern that Kenya is borrowing more than it is spending on development projects, meaning that the money is being used on wages and for purchasing goods and services.
“Overall borrowing in 2015/16 outstripped development spending by 0.1 percentage points, suggesting a small part of the borrowing financed part of the recurrent spending,” said the bank in its latest edition of Kenya Economic Update. Last year, the National Treasury planned to borrow Sh700 billion while the development budget was estimated at Sh682 billion.
WB says this is an indication that the Government is going against a legal requirement that debt be used solely for financing investments. “This is a departure from the fiscal responsibility principles set out in the Public Finance Management Act (PFM Act),” said WB.
The scathing verdict comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta assured Kenyans that the Sh4 trillion debt is not going into consumption, dismissing critics who have questioned his administration’s high appetite for debt.
Emmanuel Makori aka Ayeiya Dies in Accident Along Lang’ata Road
By VINCENT KEJITAN on Friday, 14 April 2017
Popular Churchill Show comedian Emmanuel Makori, popularly known as Ayeiya, has reportedly passed on.
Makori died on Friday morning in a grisly road accident along Lang’ata Road. Reports indicate that survivors of the accident were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital.
4 Vehicle collision leaves 11 injured
11 People were injured this afternoon after a four-vehicle collision on the N12 Highway, under the Voortrekker Bridge, in Benoni.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found a taxi, truck, bakkie and light motor vehicle in the left-hand lane of the road. Several patients were found seated on the side of the road.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that a total of 11 had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to Sunshine Hospital for further care.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
How road rage led to treason charge in Zambia
13 April 2017 Last updated at 18:22 BST
Zambia’s opposition leader has been charged with treason after his convoy failed to pull over for the president’s motorcade. Authorities have accused Hakainde Hichilema of endangering President Edgar Lungu’s life, saying he wanted to cause “unnecessary anarchy”.
Nigeria road safety commander cut hair of female employees
Nigeria’s road safety organisation has disciplined a senior commander after he was filmed punishing female employees by cutting off their long hair. Photos showing the male commander taking a pair of scissors to the women’s hair at an inspection parade sparked outrage online.
There are rules governing the hairstyles of female staff at the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC). But a spokesman said the officer’s action was “outside” the FRSC mandate. Lauretta Onochie, an aide to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, condemned the haircuts as a “humiliation of women”in a post on Twitter.
Andrew Kumapayi, regional commander for the FRSC in the southern Rivers State, reportedly carried out the punishment at an early-morning parade in the city of Port Harcourt on Monday. He has not given any comment.
An official guide for female staff at FRSC parades says they must “maintain a hairstyle that can be tucked into their beret”, but does not mention a ban on long hair.
A Facebook post containing photos of the incident has now been deleted from the organisation’s official page, though the pictures have been shared thousands of times on social media.
The post said that Mr Kumapayi was carrying out a “hair, uniform and fingernails inspection” of staff.
Other officers involved in the incident had also been recalled, FRSC spokesman Bisi Kazeem told the state-run News Agency of Nigeria. An investigation was under way and “appropriate sanctions” would be taken against those involved, he added.
Namibia: Ekandjo’s driver dies in road accident
12th April 2017
MINISTER of sport Jerry Ekandjo’s driver died in a road accident outside Okahandja in the early hours of yesterday.
Stay safe on the roads
2017-04-12 Boipelo Mere
An electrical mobile testing station, such as this one, will be used in the Northern Cape to test vehicles. This station also has a camera where it detects the bottom of vehicles for roadworthiness.Photo: Boipelo Mere
Road safety awareness will be intensified with robust enforcement in an effort to reduce fatalities and to ensure zero tolerance of lawlessness this Easter weekend. That was said by Pauline Williams, the MEC of Safety in the Northern Cape, at the launch of the Arrive Alive campaign for a safer Easter weekend.
Bus-car head-on collision kills 1 person
11th April 2017
One person was killed while two others were injured in a head-on collision involving a VW Jetta and a bus near Mazunga area along the Bulawayo – Beitbridge road on Sunday morning.
Sixty four passengers who were in the South African registered Delta bus escaped unhurt, while the deceased and the injured were travelling in the VW Jetta. The bus was traveling to Bulawayo while the private car was heading towards Beitbridge.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele said they suspect that both the bus and car were speeding. He identified the deceased as Mmongameli Mpofu (44) of Silobela under Chief Simana.
“Indications are the bus and car were travelling in opposite directions and they had a head-on collision at the 27km peg along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road. “As a result Mpofu died instantly while two other passengers were injured. Those from the bus were unhurt.
“The deceased’s body was taken to Beitbridge district hospital mortuary pending a postmortem, while the injured are admitted to the same hospital,”he said.
Insp Ndebele said they were worried with the high number of road accidents attributed to human error.
He said police would be out in full force to deal with traffic offenders during the Easter holidays. Insp Ndebele warned motorists against driving unroadworthy vehicles and to always exercise caution to avoid the unnecessary loss of life.
“We are aware there are people who during major holidays try their luck by bringing unroadworthy vehicles on the roads. Let them be warned that they risk prosecution and that we will impound all such vehicles,”said Insp Ndebele.
The stretch between Makhado and Mtetengwe along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road under which Mazunga falls has become a death trap because of the bad state of the road in that area.
Over 10 people were killed in accidents around that area in 2016.
‘TRACE is the ONLY agency in charge of enforcing traffic laws,’ govt. says
11th April 2017
LGs and LCDAs in Ogun state have been warned to leave the enforcement of traffic laws to TRACE. Ogun state has released a statement concerning the agency in charge of enforcing traffic laws and regulations.
According to Vanguard, there is only one body responsible for this job and that is the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps of Ogun State (TRACE).
Other officials belonging to Local Governments and Local Council Development Authorities were warned to stop doing the exclusive job of TRACE officials.
A statement from the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, said: “all persons and agencies, particularly those appointed by Local Governments and Local Council Development Authorities across Ogun State are to desist forthwith from any act of controlling, regulating or enforcing all traffic laws in any part of Ogun State”.
Commissioner says only VIOs, not FRSC are permitted to check vehicle particulars.
The warning was issued by the Benue State Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy Mr Emmanuel Manger, who announced that other agencies are not permitted to verify or check car documents.
Benue State Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy Mr Emmanuel Manger
Mr Manger also said that the FRSC can only print and present licenses to the VIOs to sign and issue to drivers.
Police fines 16 motorbike owners
The Madina Divisional Police Command, have arrested and arraigned 16 motorbike owners in Adenta and Kwabenya, leading to a total fine of GH¢ 4,200.00.
The bike owners paid a fine of GH¢300.00 and GH¢400.00 for offences ranging from using expired insurance and roadworthy certificates. Some were also riding without valid registration numbers or without authentic documents.
Chief Inspector Bukari Seidu, the Divisional MTTU Police Station Officer, who made this known to the Ghana News Agency in Madina in the Greater Accra Region, said due to the impending Easter holidays drivers and motorists should refrain from drink driving.
He warned long journey drivers to check their tyres, brakes and brake lights and make sure they were functioning well. He cautioned drivers to be careful when speeding, overtaking and descending hills to avoid motor accidents and also refrain from over loading. Chief Inspector Seidu cautioned motor riders to refrain from riding through red lights.
A family of six have been confirmed dead by the Kenyan Police in a grisly road accident when their saloon vehicle collided with a truck in Ruai area, about 25 km east of Nairobi, the country’s capital.
The six family members were enroute Kangundo from Kakamga, where they had gone to attend a graduation ceremony yesterday, when the accident happened at about 5 a.m. local time.
The Area police officer, Leonard Kimaiyo, narrated that the driver of the vehicle they were traveling in escaped with serious injuries and is admitted at the hospital but the lorry occupants were unhurt.
“The group was traveling in a saloon car when it collided with a lorry and died at a junction on the Eastern by-pass in Ruai. The driver of the saloon car survived and is admitted at the hospital. We have launched investigations to establish the cause of the accident,” Kimaiyo said.
Kenyan roads have been described as exceptionally dangerous for vulnerable users like children, out of whom a significant number of them are among those killed and injured.
The East Africa nation loses at least 3,000 people annually from road traffic accidents, with close to half being pedestrians, according to statistics from the police.
Road accidents: Five killed 23 others injured over past 48 hours
10th April 2017
ALGIERS- Five people were killed and 23 others injured in nine road accidents over the past 48 hours across the national territory, the Civil Protection services said Saturday.
The heaviest toll was recorded in Sidi Bel Abbes with two people killed following a collision between a light vehicle and a semi-trailer in the commune of Sidi Ali Boussidi, added the same source.
The Civil Protection also intervened to provide first-aid care to nine people who inhaled carbon monoxide from heating home appliances in Bordj Bou Arreridj.
Besides, four people died asphyxiated by carbon monoxide in Chlef, Souk Ahras and Batna.
Seven urban and various fires were extinguished Algiers, Biskra, Médéa and Tizi Ouzou.
GRISLY ROAD ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIVES OF SIX FAMILY MEMBERS
9th April 2017
By HILARY KIMUYU, @hilarykimuyu
Six members of the same family perished in a grisly road accident involving private car and a lorry along Eastern bypass, Ruai, Nairobi on Saturday morning.According to police report, the driver of the private car a Toyota Noah survived and was rushed to hospital in a serious condition while the occupants of the lorry escaped unhurt.
The six were from a graduation event in Kakamega headed for Kangundo when the accident happened at about 5am.
According to a traffic police officer who was involved in the rescue operation, the accident occurred at a junction on the Eastern by-pass, alythough it remains unclear who between the two motorists was at fault.
Police are investigating the incident.
2 weeks to identify bus accident victims
EXPERTS from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC), which does DNA profiling, have said it will take about two weeks to identify the bodies of accident victims that were burnt beyond recognition in the Mvuma fatal road crash.
The team yesterday revealed that 21 people, not 20 as earlier reported, were burnt when a South Africa-bound Proliner bus they were travelling in sideswiped with a haulage truck and caught fire at Nyamatikiti River near Chaka in Mvuma on Wednesday night.
AGTC chairperson Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini said his team and pathologists from Harare’s Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have started their investigations to identify the bodies.
“Today we have started the process to identify the bodies. All of them were burnt beyond recognition, some were cut into pieces. The pathologist will determine whether the body was male or female. In the DNA section, we will take samples of the bones,” said Mr Dhlamini.
“We are going to extract the DNA from the lab and get DNA samples from relatives then we’ll look for matches. We hope that in two weeks we will be done with the matching process.”
He said such tragedies should serve as a wake-up call to Government to prioritise DNA profiling. Mr Dhlamini said legislators should consider DNA profiling for every citizen as this will expedite the identification process in case of other disasters.
Pregnant woman, one other burnt to death in Lagos accident
Author: Eromosele Ebhomele 9th April 2017
The commercial bus, which reportedly was on high speed, wanted to overtake a speeding SUV when the incident happened.
Rescue efforts were carried out by officials of the state Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the RSS A pregnant woman and one other passenger have died following an accident involving a commercial vehicle, popularly called danfo in Lagos state, with the registration number, KTW 479 XQ.
Rescue efforts ongoing at the scene of the accident NAIJ.com learnt that the bus was descending a slope in the Maryland bridge in the afternoon of Saturday, April 8 when it suddenly somersaulted leaving the two women completely burnt while four other occupants of the bus sustained injuries.
The two most affected women are believed to be fish sellers coming from Oyingbo where they had gone to buy fish. The danfo was heading towards Ikeja when the incident happened. A witness explained that the danfo was trying to overtake a Toyota Highlander, which was equally speedily descending the bridge when it somersaulted and caught fire instantly.
The burnt bus and rescue effort The driver, conductor and four other occupants of the bus were reported to have escaped with injuries while the ladies who were trapped in the fire completely got burnt. Officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and the state Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) assisted in the rescue of the victims while the remains of the two women have been taken to Ikeja General Hospital.
Those with injuries have equally being given first aid treatment while those with serious wounds have been transferred to the hospital by the state Ambulance Emergency Services (LASEMBUS).
13 die in KZN taxi carnage
8th April 2017 Mxolisi Mngadi, News24
KZN taxi crash (Netcare 911)
Durban – Thirteen people were killed and dozens were injured in a number of accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads on Friday morning.Six people died in a crash in Inanda, north of Durban, when the driver of a taxi transporting 17 passengers lost control and plunged into a river.
The scene of the crash on the B2 route in the Vierkantklip vicinity this morning. Numerous motorists stopping on the side of the road at the scene creating an additional road hazard with some crossing the road at will. Nampol Traffic notified .. PLEASE DON’T STOP AT THE SCENE !!!! Don’t let rubbernecking also cause additional problems in this area.
They will start with the recovery of the truck this morning and this might result in temporary road closure from time to time.
Unfortunately, one fatality reported in the crash.
Kombi crashes as driver falls asleep on the wheel
A Harare bound commuter omnibus belonging to Madam Boss Company veered off the road in the early hours of today at Mutsigwa turn off along Muzarabani-Harare highway.
Eye witnesses allege the kombi driver fell asleep on the wheel and veered off the road before it landed sideways.
“The driver who came from Muzarabani slept and failed to control the kombi resulting in the accident,” said the source. There were minor injuries recorded and the injured received treatment at Mvurwi hospital.
Bus inferno, truck driver faces 20 counts of culpable homicide
7th April 2017
The driver of the haulage truck which sideswiped a Proliner bus in Mvuma on Wednesday, resulting in the death of 20 people, will be charged with an equal number of culpable homicide cases, police have said.
Police chief national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday said the haulage truck driver was believed to have encroached into the lane of the bus, resulting in the fatal accident.
The driver of the bus also survived the accident. “The truck driver is going to be charged with culpable homicide because he is the one who encroached into the lane of the bus, resulting in the sideswipe,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.
She said the remains of the deceased had since been collected from the wreckage. Anyone missing their relatives should go to Gweru Provincial Hospital for samples of DNA to be taken.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the bus crew did not have a passenger manifest, making it difficult to ascertain both the numbers and the names of the passengers. She said the 41 injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Masvingo, Mvuma, Gweru, Driefontein Mission and Harare.
Two of them were in critical conditions. Survivors yesterday blamed the bus driver for the horror crash, accusing him of speeding.
2 alleged hijackers killed after high speed chase with police in Mitchells Plain
7th April 2017 News, Accidents, Robberies & Incidents | Western Cape
“Not a pleasant scene…” That was the words of a local resident who woke up to the sound of glass and metal being crushed and people screaming.
The crash involving two vehicles, a VW Polo and a Bakkie, happened around 19h50 on Thursday evening on the corner of Eisleben and Wespoort road in Mitchells Plain.
It’s believed that the Polo was hijacked in Cape Town earlier and Police gave chase.
The Polo allegedly jumped a red light which resulted in a head-on collision with a Bakkie. Two people died on impact and multiple others sustained critical injuries.
It’s believed that there was 5 occupants in the Polo of which 2 passed away.
SAPS and all relevant authorities were on the scene and will be investigating.
Passengers admonished to speak against careless and indiscipline drivers
7th April 2017
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Head of Communications at NRSC, Kwame Koduah Atuahene underscored the need for passengers to speak up against indiscipline on the part of drivers and not remain mute when drivers drive carelessly.
He said, some gruesome road accidents have been attributed to human errors, vehicle breakdowns, non-road worthy vehicles and environmental factors like poor weather and road conditions.
The reduction in accidents due to human factors and errors he added, can only be achieved if passengers ‘’ speak against over speeding, overtaken, and drunk driving. If the driver misbehaves, the passenger should speak against it, he said.
He urged all stakeholders including the police to ensure that drivers comply with road traffic regulations. Some celebrities he revealed have also joined the campaign to reduce accident related deaths this Easter season.
The Commission, as of the end of November 2016, had recorded a total of 11,378 road crashes countrywide involving 17,746 vehicles, of which the total number of casualties stood at 12,154 comprising of 1,990 deaths and 10,154 injuries.
The figures, compared with those recorded during the same period in 2015 involving the total number of reported cases- vehicles, injuries and fatalities- showed increases of 14.88 per cent, 14.45 per cent, 33.74 per cent and 20.19 per cent respectively.
Auto crash kills teacher, injures pupils
7th April 2017
Dr Sam Ngwu, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.
An auto crash involving teachers and pupils from Bayelsa has claimed one life and injured several people on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sam Ngwu, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.
Ngwu said the accident occurred at Ugwu Onyeama, near Enugu at about 8.45 p.m. on Wednesday. He said the incident involved 40 people, including pupils whose ages ranged from seven to 15 years, who were on an excursion to the Ngwo Forestry in the Udi Local Government Area.
“The victims were on excursion to Enugu State. Their bus fell into a gully and many of them sustained multiple fractures, lacerations, cuts and swellings on their faces.” “Some of the victims were immediately taken to nearby hospitals in Ngwo, following the intervention of the State Government.” “One of the teachers died in the process, which is a miracle, considering the severity of the accident,” the commissioner stated.
Ngwu said that the State Government on getting the information from the state’s emergency management agency deployed four ambulances to rescue the victims.
The Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Dr Godwin Udeuhele, lamented the deplorable condition of Enugu-Onitsha highway, saying that many lives had been lost on the road. “We urge the Federal Government to expedite its intervention on that road to minimise loss of lives and property,” Udeuhele said.
The Spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amarizu, was not available to comment on the incident. He neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages sent to him.
Bus accident, 30 Zimbabweans feared dead
AT least 30 passengers were feared dead last night when a South Africabound Proliner Bus sideswiped a haulage truck and caught fire at Nyamatikiti River near Chaka.
Most of the victims were burnt beyond recognition. The bus had over 60 passengers on board, while the truck was laden with tyres when tragedy struck. The accident took place around 8pm and by midnight the bus shell was still smouldering, with bodies inside.
Witnesses said more than 15 passengers managed to escape through the windows. The injured were rushed to Mvuma District Hospital and Driefontein Mission Hospital.
By late last night, police were still guarding the shell of the bus, with the charred remains of some of the passengers. Police were also controlling traffic as the burning vehicles blocked the road.
SA fuel price breakdown: Here’s all you need to know
6th April 2017
Johannesburg – South African motorists will receive a 24 cents a litre decrease in the price of petrol as of as of April 5. “This decrease could have been much more significant had fuel taxes not increased at the same time,” says the Automobile Association.
In his budget speech in February, former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that the the General Fuel Levy would increase by 30 cents, and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy by nine cents.
What does this mean for motorists? The AA gives us a breakdown of the fuel price. We’ve included infographics at the end of this article.
How it works. The General Fuel Levy is a tax charged for every litre of petrol sold. In April last year, this tax increased by 30 cents from R2.55 to R2,85. For the second year in a row, this tax is increasing, again by another 30 cents, and will now stand at R3.15. “This money is administered by the National Treasury, and is treated as a general tax and not, as many people assume, for road-related expenses,” says the AA.”Money collected through the RAF levy portion of every litre of petrol sold is used to fund the Road Accident Fund, which uses the money to compensate victims of road accidents in South Africa. This levy will increase to R1.63 tonight (April 5).”
The effect on motorists. If a litre of petrol (inland) costs R13.08, then R4.78, or 35%, of the total cost of that litre goes towards direct or indirect taxes, says the AA.In South Africa, the price of fuel is adjusted monthly based on a number of factors, mainly international petroleum prices, and the Rand / US Dollar exchange rate.
Basic Fuel Price. The Basic Fuel Price (BFP) is calculated based on costs associated with shipping petroleum products to South Africa from the Mediterrean area, Arab Gulf, and Singapore. These costs include insurance, storage, and wharfage, the cost to harbour facilities when off-loading petroleum products into storage facilities.The current BFP is R5.36.Other costs associated with the petrol price include transport costs (from the harbour to inland areas), customs and excise duties, retail margins paid to fuel station owners, and secondary storage costs. These costs currently total R2.94 for inland petrol, and R2.55 for coastal petrol.
An example for drivers: Using this data, filling a 50 litre tank with 93 unleaded petrol inland will cost R654. This is comprised of the Fuel Levy – R3.15 x 50 l (R157.50), RAF levy – R1.63 x 50 l (R81.50), associated costs – R2.94 x 50 l (R147), and the Basic Fuel Price – R5.36 x 50 l (R268).”Depending on whether the BFP increases or decreases during April going into May, a calculation that still needs to be done, the price of a litre of petrol could either increase or decrease. However, given the current depreciated value of the Rand against the US Dollar, it is more than likely that the price of a litre of petrol will increase, in the short term at least.”The Automobile Association (AA) releases a prediction for the change in the fuel price in the middle of every month, and again at the end of the month, ahead of the official announcement by government,” says AA.
Ethiopian vehicle owners told to examine the behavior of their drivers before they hired them, Sheger FM reported. Ethiopia is among the countries said to host a largest number of traffic accident victims. Over 4300 people dies because of traffic accidents a year.
Worried about such grave incidences, the Federal Transport Authority on Tuesday told over 300 public transport and loading truck owners to “examine the behavior of their drivers well before they are hiring them”.
Transport Associations, board members and managers have attended the consultation event today. Dilargachew Lemma, Road Safety Awareness Expert at the Authority was quoted by the radio station as saying, “The government alone cannot solve the problem; you too have to take care and share a slice in reducing the damages, injuries and deaths caused by traffic accidents”.
Around 68 percent of accidents occurred in quality roads and highways, which are highly attributed to the disciplinary problems with the drivers, said the Expert. Data from the Addis Abeba Trade Bureau indicates that 90 percent of the accidents occurring in the city can be blamed on faulty driving.
Pedestrians can be held responsible for four percent of the accidents, with other factors including road usage problems, weather conditions and the vehicles’ technical standard.
Growing concern about traffic accidents is forcing some in the transportation sector to focus on accident avoiding techniques of driving, called defensive driving, and post-accident insurance mechanisms. One such institutional mechanism is carried out by the Ethiopian Heavy
Truck Drivers Association that trains its members and motivates them to have life insurance coverage. According to the World Health Organization report, published in April 2014, traffic accidents in Ethiopia account for the deaths of 37.28 persons per 100,000. This is 2.77 percent of the total deaths in the country, placing Ethiopia 12th in the world.
Kenya’s death rate from traffic accidents according to the same report stands at 19 persons per 100,000, whereas it is only two persons per 100,000 die from road accidents in England.
Namibia: 13 dead, 48 injured in 36 road crashes
5th April 2017 by Nomhle Kangootui
THE Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund reported that 13 people died in road accidents between 27 and 30 March in what has been labelled one of the darkest weeks on the country’s roads.
The MVA Fund also reported that 48 people were injured in 36 crashes countrywide.The fund’s CEO, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, said in a recent statement that the fund’s contribution to funeral expenses of the 13 deceased persons was expected to amount to N$91 000 (N$7 000 per deceased).“The daily loss of lives on our roads render us inept as a nation to effectively overcome psychosocial and economic challenges, in addition to the immeasurable loss of loved ones.
“The fund, therefore, reassures the public that we will dedicate every effort in fulfilling our mandate to sincerely assist the families of the deceased.“We further encourage the families to contact the nearest MVA Fund service centre for relevant claims, that is the funeral grant, injury grant, loss of support, and loss of income benefits,” Martins-Hausiku said.
The Fund will also assist with a loss of support in case any of the deceased had dependants. The actual value will only be determined upon confirmation of such dependants. The loss of support cover is up to N$100 000 per dependant.Martins-Hausiku also said in reference to the 48 people who were injured in crashes that the Fund would cover medical expenses up to N$1,5 million per person, which could amount to N$72 million to support them to recover.
Two die in Mbarara town accident
The truck that was involved in the fatal accident. Photo by Felix Ainebyoona
4th March 2017 By FELIX AINEBYOONA
MBARARA- Two people died on spot in an accident at Amehembegente Round About on Mbarara- Masaka high way. The accident involved a Mitsubishi Fuso truck which was travelling from Mbarara to Kampala carrying merchandise, which rammed into a Toyota Corona, an Isuzu truck and a boda boda motorcycle. Two people who were travelling on the motorcycle died instantly.
Rwizi Region Traffic officer Justine Opusi confirmed the accident and identified the boda boda cyclist as Enock Turinawe, 26, a resident of Kitagata-Bugongi in Sheema District, who was operating from Friends’ Corner Stage in Mbarara Municipality and the yet-unidentified passenger he was carrying.
Mr Opusi said the accident that happened at 2.49 pm on Sunday afternoon is suspected to have been caused when the truck driver failed to stop his vehicle. ‘’We are investigating how the truck swayed from its lane to this side of the road but we have already picked the bodies of the victims and taken them to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem,’’ Mr Opusi said.
He added that the truck was taken to police as investigations continue into the whereabouts of the truck driver. Eye witnesses said the truck was speeding before it failed to negotiate the roundabout bend.
Botswana: Three Die Along A1 Road 2 seriously injured
4th April 2017
PALAPYE: Three people died along the A1 road in the late hours of Wednesday after the Toyota Altezza they were travelling in veered off the road and tossed them outside through the window.
According to Palapye police traffic officer, assistant superitendent Obonetse Tuelo, the accident happened around 10pm at Radisele village. He said the police suspect that the Toyata Altezza was heading from Mahalapye to Palapye and had five occupants, two men and three women.
“The accident took place just after Radisele junction. Allegations are that the driver lost control of the car, hence the car got out of its lane and went towards the fence near Tshephang Complex, which is just along A1 road. It cut the animal control fence and tossed three passengers outside through the windows,” Tuelo said.
He said that unfortunately three passengers, two women and one man aged between 28 and 32 lost their lives, whilst the other two survived with serious injuries. The survivors, who remained in the motor vehicle, have been admitted at Palapye Primary Hospital.
“We are still not yet certain as to who exactly was driving the car at the time of the accident because we have not yet recorded statements from those who are alive as they sustained serious injuries. However, we hope to do so soon as according to the medical doctors their injuries are not life threatening even though they are major,” he said.
The traffic officer also said they suspect the occupants did not put on their safety seatbelts, which explains why they were easily thrown out of the car.
In another incident, a 29-year-old man died last week along Moshopha-Pilikwe road in the Tswapong area after his father who was driving without a drivers licence lost control of the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in.
Mahalapye police traffic officer, assistant superitendent Kgosienalerona Sechoni said the accident happened around 1500 hours late last week. He said it happened near Kolomong cattlepost in a gravel road when the two were heading from Moshopha to Pilikwe. “We suspect that the driver lost control and the motor vehicle overturned and spit the passenger outside through the window. Apparently the passenger who was certified dead at Sefhare Primary Hospital was the son of the driver, motor vehicle owner,” Sechoni said.
Sechoni further said they have established that the accident might have happened because the 56-year-old man, the driver, did not have a driver’s licence. He said they also suspect that the passenger did not put on his seat belt. “We also suspect that the driver was overspeeding and the fact that he was driving in a gravel road he lost control of it.
However, he sustained very serious injuries from the accident and is currently hospitalised at Nyangabgwe Refferal Hospital,” he said. According to Sechoni, the driver might face a charge of causing death by reckless driving and driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s licence.
He warned road users to always be mindful of the condition of the road, saying one cannot drive in a gravel road using the same speed as in tarred roads.
Ghana intensifies efforts to reduce alarming road carnage
4th April 2017
ACCRA — Ghana will roll out a national towing project to reduce the alarming rate of motor accidents in the country, an official said here on Monday.
The pilot project, which is expected to start on May 1, is aimed at removing broken-down vehicles from the roads to avoid accidents, as most accidents are caused by these abandoned vehicles, Roland Walker, Communications Director of the Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), told local media.
The program will see the RSMSL and its partners teaming up to ensure that broken-down vehicles are towed within an hour or two, depending on the location.
Road accidents have become one of the leading causes of death in Ghana.
More than 500 persons were killed in 2,890 motor accidents in Ghana during the first three months of this year, according to figures from the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.
There are fears that the figures will rise with the Easter festivities on the horizon, a period that is noted for recording high incidence of road disasters.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has bemoaned the spate of accidents and causalities that have characterized Easter celebrations over the years and urged the citizenry to make this year’s celebration see a drastic drop in the number of road accidents and fatalities.
“Everyone should observe the rules of the road, and make this Easter the best in terms of a reduction in accidents and causalities on our roads. It is a major concern of mine. Help me make this a reality,” he told a gathering of transport operators in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest commercial city over the weekend.
The RSMSL plans to deploy over 100 tow trucks for the project and will be complemented by other facilities to ensure effective monitoring of the roads.
“When the final project rolls out in May, we are going to launch ambulances equipped with paramedics and some basic first aid equipment to attend to injured people on the highways,” Operations Manager of the RSMSL told Joy FM, a local radio in Accra.
Gov’t will take steps to reduce road accidents – Akufo-Addo
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com 3rd April 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated his government’s preparedness to reduce fatalities on the nation’s roads through a multi-faceted approach. He expressed worry over the rising number of deaths recorded through road accident, describing it as unfortunate and unacceptable.
Speaking to the leadership of various transport unions in Kumais on the second day of his three-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the President said he has directived the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to control indiscipline of motorists.
National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) statistics showed a decrease in road accidents in 2015 but an increase in 2016. “Compared to the situation in the same period in the year 2014, there were reductions in cases reported and vehicles involved in road traffic crashes by 17.3% and 17.02% respectively. Again, there were reductions in the number of deaths and injuries by 12% and 19% in 2015 over that of the figures recorded in 2014,” NRSC said in a 2016 statement.
The NRSC estimate put the total number of lives lost in 2016 at 2,198 representing an increase of 5.64 compared to the figure for 2015. The Upper West Region recorded 64 road accidents in 2015.
But the President said his government will institute an award scheme to reward transport unions whose drivers recorded the least accidents in the country. He also promised the establishment of the National Training Academy to provide comprehensive training for drivers.
The transport unions that were in attendance included; the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, Concerned Transport Operators, Inter-Country Transport Union, Mighty Transport Union and Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA), Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Commercial Drivers Association.
According to Traffic Enforcement director Charles Ssebambulidde, 70 per cent of Uganda’s drivers do not fully understand traffic warning signs, although they sometimes obey them.
“If motorists were not following these signs, especially speed limits and where children or pedestrians cross, we would get so many accidents on the road daily,” he said. “In places where these signs are indicated, the accident statistics are lower compared to places where there are no signs at all.”
Ssebambulidde told The Observer on Wednesday that most motorists in Uganda didn’t go through driving schools, but are mostly watchful of specific signs.
“However, signs indicating cattle crossing, entering game park, drift, low-flying aircraft, uneven road, crosswind, steep ascent and others are not very clear to motorists since majority of these signs are on highways yet most motorists are in Kampala,” he said.
He added that when Kampala motorists go upcountry where these signs are common, they find problems on the roads. Ssebambulidde advised motorcyclists to also observe traffic signs since they too are road users to avoid accidents. He said some of the signs with yellow background are temporary.
They include signs for road works, traffic control, crossover to opposing roadway, lane closed and no entry or barricade.
“Road engineers studied these road signs carefully. They were also indicated in dangerous spots which could end someone’s life due to bad driving,” he said, adding that the highest percentage of people dying in road accidents worldwide is from African countries like Uganda. Ssebambulidde urged all motorists to obey traffic signs, light signals and signals by uniformed police officers and traffic wardens.
Below are some of the road signs and their significance.
Sharp curves These are put 25 metres before the curve. They warn the driver to slow down due to the curves ahead. Failure to pay attention to these curves can easily claim lives.
Hairpin curves These are curves which inform the driver to reduce on the speed and negotiate the curve to avoid accident. It indicates whether the curve is at the left or right-hand side of the road.
Combined curves This sign indicates there are two curves ahead. The driver must reduce the speed to avoid colliding with other vehicles or pedestrians who might be joining the road at the same point.
Crossroad curves These indicate two roads crossing each other. The driver is advised to reduce the speed because other vehicles might also be crossing the junction at the same time. At such junctions, they also put the sign of ‘Give Way’. Here, the driver has to stop a bit, observe carefully before crossing to avoid colliding with other vehicles.
ZIMBABWE: Karma or bad luck? Three men who robbed a dying pastor have now ALL died
Harare – Do you believe in divine justice?
That’s the question some Zimbabweans have been asking after it emerged this month that three men who robbed a church pastor at the scene of the car crash that killed him in September last year have all since died in separate road accidents.
Apostle Charles Chiriseri was travelling from Harare to Bulawayo when he swerved to miss some cows in the road and his car overturned, killing him. His wife Petunia was badly injured and spent a month in hospital.
“Two more Chiriseri corpse robbers die in accidents,” the state-owned Chronicle reported last week, starting a frenzy of speculation. Black magic? Avenging spirits? Deserved punishment? Just a coincidence? Those were some of the explanations Zimbabweans have put forward.
The latest ‘robber’ to die was Constable Mkhokheli Mpofu who was killed at a roadblock last Friday by a driver who refused to stop. The roadblock had been set up very near the scene of Chiriseri’s accident…
Mpofu had been due to appear in court this week to answer charges of stealing 200 US from Chiriseri’s wallet. Bus conductor Forget Chikweya died in a car crash last November. He was accused of taking Chiriseri’s smartphone. Firefighter Honest Hleza, who was accused of stealing the churchman’s laptop at the scene of the crash, died in a car accident December. The Chronicle suggested that in both Chikweya and Hleza’s cases, there were other passengers in the vehicles involved in the crashes but they were the only ones who died.
Commented one reader: “I feel pity for these guys, yes they were misguided elements but the punishment is overkill. RIP if such a thing exists.” Butholezwe Ndlovu posted: “I don’t think the pastor’s spirit is doing anything but those guys cast a bad spell on their lives by stealing from a dead man period.”
Harare radio station @capitalkfm had a phone-in, asking listeners whether they believed the deaths were “God’s punishment or simply karma?” So loud has the speculation been that Chiriseri’s widow has had to intervene, telling the Sunday Mail that she “does not even believe in praying for people to die, prophesying or even declaring that they should die.”
As the debate raged on Twitter this week @vmukwashi said: “Some children laughed at Elisha’s bald head and they were eaten by bears. Elisha was a man of God.”
Total Nigeria Plc collaborates with FRSC for primary school children
In order to ensure that primary school children are educated on proper road safety, Total has partnered with FRSC.
Total Nigeria Plc is partnering with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and other local traffic organisations.
According to The Guardian, the goal of this collaboration is to ensure that primary school children are educated on proper road safety.
This will be done with the help of Road Safety Cubes, according to Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Torres.
He said, “The Road Safety Cubes Campaign is aimed at protecting Nigerian children between the ages of age 6 to 12, from road accidents by educating them on road signs and proper behavior on the road while going to school.”
“We are fully committed to reducing road accidents and its associated risks as our major channel of petroleum products distribution is via road transportation. This is because, at Total, safety comes first and is fundamental in our core values.”
These safety cubes come with teaching kits for lessons on road tracks, road signs, lesson guides, workbooks, safety exercise books, and certificates, to be issued at the end of the training.
The campaign started in 2013, so far it has been implemented in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kaduna and Kano states.
In Lagos, 13 safety cubes have been donated to the children in Saint Georges Primary Schools, Falomo in Ikoyi. Kaduna state has received the cubes for 1,018 pupils, while five safety cubes have been handed out to five schools in Kano.
Comment: Is this Road Safety good practice or just a demonstration project for the Total publicity machine? Something for the ‘rich kids’? It has not progressed far since 2013.
Statistics from the new Roadmap for Nigerian Education Sector has shown that there are 54,434 public primary schools in the country based on the figures adapted from the 2006 National Personnel Audit of the sector. The figures also showed that there were about 7,129 public junior secondary schools, with a total enrolment figure of 3,266,780 students. According to the roadmap, which will be presented to all stakeholders in the education sector on Friday, there are 24,422,918 pupils in all the primary schools.
18 ‘safety cubes’ so far, 60,000 more needed? If this project is to have any measurable impact it will need at least 3 orders of magnitude more resources. Who will pay for that? – Ed.
KWA-ZULU NATAL – DURBAN CRASH UPDATE:
2nd April 2017
Multi-Vehicle-Pile-Up with entrapments on the N2 North near Kwa-Mashu. Multiple patients on scene. Rescue Care Paramedics attending to the injured on scene.
A tipper truck loaded with sea sand Friday crashed into a Kia Saloon car with five persons, three of them school children. The accident happened at Amanfro junction in the Ga South Municipality.
Apart from the driver who suffered a fracture and some bruises, the other passengers also sustained minor injuries
The accident, which occurred a few meters away from the Amanfro bus stop at 4:30am involved three cars and was said to have been caused by some recalcitrant commercial drivers who had parked their cars in the middle of the road to pick passengers.
According to eyewitness accounts, a trailer carrying used heavy duty tyres was forced to stop when the driver saw the commercial vehicles parked on the road. The tipper truck and the salon car which were closely following the trailer, in an attempt to avoid hitting it, ran into each other.
It took onlookers a couple of minutes to rescue the trapped passengers and rush them to the hospital.
Fatal crash near Motibaskraal about 10 km from Polokwane.
01 April 2017 | From Arrive Alive
Road carnage in Ghana on the rise – MTTD worried
31st March 2017
It said a total of vehicles involved in these crashes also shot up from 4,088 to 4,802, killing 510 people as against 485 deaths recorded in 2016.
The Director in-charge of Education and Training, DSP Alex K. Obeng, Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, said this at the launch of Street Sense Organisation (SSO), a Non-Profit Organisation aimed at championing road safety related issues in Ghana.
He said 2,971 people were injured within the period under review as against 2,576 in 2016, adding; “the statistics are scary and we need to come together to partner government to address it.” DSP Obeng attributed over 70 percent of the crashes to lack of maintenance of the vehicles and irresponsible driving such as over speeding and wrongful overtaking.
The SSO was established three years ago to play a vanguard role in championing road safety education in the country.
No legislation yet to outlaw passengers at the back of vehicles
Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.
Cape Town – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ hands are currently tied to stop the transportation of people at the back of light duty vehicles, panel vans, trailers and trucks.
New regulations however completely outlaw the transportation of school children at the rear of goods vehicles.In a response to a parliamentary question from Manny de Freitas from the Democratic Alliance (DA), Peters said a “complete ban” on transportation at the rear of goods vehicles will result in some of the economic sectors shutting down, as they will become financially unviable.The Department of Transport has promulgated legislation that completely prohibits such transportation if conducted for reward, she said. In addition, the Department published regulations for comment in May 2015 intending to restrict the number of people transported at the rear of vehicles to five.“This proposal was however not supported by most of the transport sectors, such as agricultural, building, construction and gardening services, that use goods vehicles to transport their workers to the relevant sites,” Peters said.She pointed out that the Department published new regulations under the National Road Traffic Act which prohibits the transportation of school children at the rear of goods vehicles.
More than 500 killed in Ghana road crashes in 3 months: police
31st March 2017
Photo shows the Ghana National Theater against the backdrop of Gulf of Guinea.
ACCRA, – More than 500 persons were killed in 2,890 motor accidents in Ghana during the first three months of this year, local media reported here Wednesday, quoting police sources.
A report by the state-run Ghana News Agency (GNA) quoted the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU) as saying that between January and March 25, Ghana recorded 2,890 road crashes in 2017 as against 2,830 recorded over the same period in 2016.
It said the number of vehicles involved in these crashes rose from 4,088 to 4,802, with 510 people deaths as against 485 deaths recorded in 2016, and attributed 70 percent of these crashes to lack of maintenance of vehicles and irresponsible driving such as over-speeding and wrongful overtaking.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alex K. Obeng, Director in-charge of Education and Training, MTTD of the Ghana Police Service, made this known Wednesday at the launch of Street Sense Organization (SSO), a Non-Profit Organization, which champions road safety education.
He said 2,971 people were injured within the period under review as against 2,576 in 2016, adding: “The statistics is scary and we need to come together to partner the government to address it.”
DSP Obeng commended the SSO for their foresights and pledged the MTTD’s preparedness to support them in achieving their targets.
Oswald Lavoe, Executive Chairman of the SSO, in a speech read for him, said despite some progress over the years, road safety still remained a great national concern that required collaborative and concerted efforts to promote it.
“These statistics on road crashes in Ghana is startling and worrying, and we cannot just sit with folded arms and watch thousands of innocent souls perish through accidents without taking any actions,” he stated.
Three implementing legislations of new law on road traffic to be enacted next week, says minister
31st March 2017
ALGIERS-The Minister of Public Works and Transport Boudjemaa Talai announced Thursday in Algiers the enactment next week of three implementing legislations of the amended and supplemented law on road traffic and security, and reaffirmed the ministry’s willingness to strengthen coercive measures to address the phenomenon of “road terrorism.”
In response to a question, asked by senator of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Noureddine Latrache about a possible adoption by the ministry of new technical measures able to back the efforts te reduce road accidents, Talai said that the ministry currently focused on the examination of complementary measures that will be implemented progressively.
Among other things, the minister cited the revision of theoretical test to obtain a driving licences and the requirement for the instructor to have a level of education and professional experience, stating that the government currently examines this project.
Ocitia, who was the Officer in Charge of Bulenga Police Station on Mityana Road, was crushed in his private car Regno UAD 171W. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima, said Ocitia met his death when he crushed into a white Super Custom that was coming from the opposite direction. The deceased was rushed to Mulago Hospital from where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“His body is still at Mulago awaiting a postmortem to be done. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and police fraternity. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr Kayima said in a statement issued to the media.
Tanzania: Stray elephant falls from truck, injures three
30th March 2017
MAUN: Three men sustained minor injuries after an accident involving a stray elephant, which was being translocated from Maun to Shorobe.
District Wildlife coordinator, Timmy Blackbeard explained in an interview that they were transporting the jumbo when it fell out of the truck enroute to Shorobe.
He explained that there were three volunteers in the truck with the elephant and they too went crashed to the ground with the elephant.
He stated: “They sustained minor injuries and were treated and discharged.”
The elephant caused a commotion at Matswane ward on Tuesday after a big crowd gathered to see it. It was suspected to have stayed from the neighbouring wildlife areas.
Ghana: Road accidents kill 67 people in Ahafo in 2017
30th March 2017
By Dennis Peprah, GNA Sunyani, GNA – Sixty-seven (67) people have died through 110 road accidents recorded in the Brong-Ahafo Region from January to March 2017.
Superintendent Oppong Asirifi, the Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), who disclosed this, said 174 people had also been injured while 33 pedestrian were involved.
He was speaking at the 2017 first Brong-Ahafo Regional Committee meeting of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in Sunyani on Wednesday. Superintendent Asirifi said motor cycle crashes were also recording alarming figures, noting that 51 motorbikes had been involved in accidents this year.
Mr Samuel Obeng Asiamah, the Acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Manager of the NRSC, said the alarming rate of road crashes in the Region needed absolute commitment from all road sector agencies and institutions.
He said in 2016, 286 persons died and 945 injured through 670 road crashes, involving 924 vehicles in the Region.
Mr Asiamah who is the Ashanti Regional Manager of the Commission, said the Commission and its major players would undertake aggressive advocacy for the use of crash helmets by motor riders.
He observed that motor crashes were rife in Wenchi, Berekum and Kintampo Municipalities and warned that the Commission would deal harshly with riders without helmet.
Mr Asiamah explained that the Committee had setup a taskforce and it intended to undertake night enforcement at drinking bars to check on reckless and drunk drivers during the Easter festivities. The taskforce would be positioned at places such as Tyco and Dreamers, popular night drinking joints in the Sunyani Municipality.
Mr Asiamah also urged the transport unions to get emergency numbers printed and pasted on the vehicles to help passengers to call to report reckless drivers. Meanwhile, some road sector institutions in the Region had re- affirmed their commitment to join and intensify road safety advocacy campaign, to bring road accidents in the Region to the barest minimum.
They include, the Department of Urban Roads, Motor Traffic and Transport Department, transport unions, National Ambulance Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority and the National Road Safety Commission.
Almost all the institutional heads who attended the regional committee meeting emphasised the need for a deepened and effective collaboration among stakeholders in the road sector in controlling road accidents.
Divisional Officer Grade One (DO1) Gyasi Boateng of the Ghana National Fire Service stressed the need for the Commission and its stakeholders to ensure that all commercial vehicles were registered under a transport union
More than 50 pupils rescued from overturned school bus near Stellenbosch
News24 – Wednesday 29th March, 2017
Cape Town – More than 50 pupils from a Northern Cape high school were trapped after their school bus overturned in an accident near Stellenbosch on Tuesday afternoon, a Western Cape traffic official said.
The bus went over the side of the R304 after giving way for a vehicle that had stopped in front of it, said traffic chief Kenny Africa.
With the bus in a precarious position, the children could not get out, because it would have tumbled over onto the left hand side, he said. The 54 children had to wait for officials to secure the bus before they could get out.
Africa said the pupils, from a high school in Kakkemaas, escaped unscathed. The bus would be taken to a weighbridge to make sure it was roadworthy.
Namibia: Crash survivors in critical condition
News – National | 2017-03-29 by Staff Reporter
Over-speeding accounts for about 50% of road accidents
FRSC Author: Oluwatobi Bolashodun 29th March 2017
The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has said that speed accounted for 50% of road traffic crashes in the country. FRSC blames over-speeding for about 50% of road accidents The Niger Sector Commander of the corps, Mr James Mbatse, made this known on Tuesday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the leadership of the state House of Assembly in Minna.
Mbatse stated that the alarming rate of accidents caused by drivers who sped necessitated the introduction of the speed limiting device for commercial drivers. “We are doing our best to reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum that is why we have introduced the speed limiting device. “Some transport companies like ABC have since keyed into programme and we urge others to do the needful because it is for their good,” he said.
The FRSC boss appealed to the Assembly to ensure speedy passage of the passengers’ manifest bill when it eventually comes before it. He also called on members of the public to always obey traffic rules and regulations as well as desist from over loading and other practices capable of endangering lives on road.
Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, tasked the corps to focus more on educating and enlightening the populace on road safety. He promised the state’s legislature would give the FRSC the support it required to effectively execute its mandate.
Speeding kombi kills Grade 5 pupil at zebra crossing
A GRADE Five pupil died on the spot while a man was critically injured after they were hit by a speeding commuter omnibus while crossing a road in Bulawayo yesterday. The speeding kombi hit Natasha Tshuma, a pupil at Gampu Primary School and Mr Bongani Sibanda – a conductor with a kombi from which the pupil had just disembarked from – at a zebra crossing at the Rio turn-off in Matshobana suburb.
Mr Sibanda, who was helping Natasha to cross the road, was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital with serious injuries. The accident occurred at about 7AM while Natasha was on her way to school from Pelandaba suburb. Natasha’s grandfather Mr Ephraim Sibanda said he was devastated by his granddaughter’s “painful death.”
“The devil came in the morning. My granddaughter was taken in a painful way,” said Mr Sibanda. He said Natasha started commuting to school on Monday as she usually stayed with him in Matshobana suburb, about 150 metres from her school. “Her mother was staying in South Africa and when she came over the weekend, she requested that Natasha visits her and we allowed the visit. So yesterday (Monday) she came to school from Pelandaba suburb,” he said. Mr Sibanda said they thought it was good for the child to stay with her mother.
“Today (yesterday) was supposed to be her second day but tragedy struck as she was hit by a car while trying to cross the road being assisted by a conductor. She died on the spot,” he said. Mr Sibanda said one of his daughters saw Natasha’s body lying on the road while on her way to school and she rushed home to inform the family. He said his wife collapsed when she heard her granddaughter had died in a car accident.
“When I got there, scores of people were already gathered. Her body was covered with a blanket. My granddaughter was gone,” said Mr Sibanda. Mr Enock Bako, the driver of the kombi from which Natasha disembarked, said: “I had asked Bongani to accompany the child at the zebra crossing when the two were hit on the inner lane. The kombi was speeding and it suddenly hit Bongani on the arm and ribs while the child was dragged for about five metres towards where I had parked my kombi.”
When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene, a sombre atmosphere had engulfed the area with teachers and some residents bursting into tears as police took away Natasha’s body. Acting Bulawayo Provincial Education Director Mrs Ollicah Fikelephi Kaira said the Ministry was mourning with the family as it was difficult to lose a child.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said the speeding driver has been arrested and would appear in court soon. She appealed to drivers to exercise caution on the roads.
Ghana: Prez Nana Addo halts purchase of new vehicles indefinitely
28th March 2017
The Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor said the ban is to ensure that available resources are used in implementing the government’s agenda instead of purchasing vehicles.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has placed a ban on the purchase of new vehicles by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) until further notice.
This was contained in a letter written by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, dated March 21, 2017.
The letter asked that MDAs use the “existing fleet of vehicles in their respective transport pools.” However, in exceptional cases, MDAs that need to procure new vehicles “shall seek for and obtain the prior express written authorisation.”
The Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM said the ban is to ensure that available resources are used in implementing the government’s agenda instead of purchasing vehicles.
“Capital expenditure is used for purchasing vehicles, but in this budget, the President wants to spend it on the productive sector of the economy.” He added that “these are not normal times,” and the President want things done differently.
He further stated that since he was sworn in, the President is using a vehicle which was purchased in 2007 and has not found the need to purchase a new one.
“That’s what he has been riding in [and] he is working to ensure that we manage the resources of the country judiciously.” Meanwhile, President of the policy think-tank, IMANI-Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has described the development as “good news.”
He added that the government does not need over 700 vehicles before it can function properly.
The directive comes on the back of missing 208 state vehicles which was blamed on former government officials of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
At least 15 children injured in Joburg taxi crash
28th March 2017 Jenni Evans, News24
Separate accidents injure 23
23 people were last night injured in two separate accidents that occurred at the same spot near Caves Hotel in Chinhoyi.
The first accident involved a Toyota Regius which drove past an intersection before hitting a tree, injuring all the 18 people on board.
In the second accident, a truck towing another vehicle veered off the road, hit a parked car at the accident scene before hitting two pedestrians and injuring three more passengers. One of the injured pedestrians is prominent Specialist Surgeon, Dr Samuel Mvurume and his family member.
Dr Mvurume and others who were seriously injured were referred to Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare. Mashonaland West Police Spokesman, Inspector Clemence Mabweazara confirmed the incident.
Traffic woes: “Cape Town a victim of its own success”
Western Cape | 27th March 2017 Vivian Warby, Property editor
Cape Town is South Africa’s most congested city. Not only that, it is the 48th most congested city in the world, according to last year’s TomTom Traffic Index.
Cape Town – Gone are the days when Capetonians laughed at Joburgers for having to spend two hours in traffic to get to nearby Pretoria.
Traffic congestion in Cape Town has become so bad that many people working in town spend that amount of time, if not more, in the traffic getting to and from work daily from the suburbs, if they leave in traffic peak hours.
And motorists have noticed the peak hours are getting longer. This increased congestion is one of the many factors pushing up the demand for property close to the city centre, say the experts.
Cape Town is, in fact, South Africa’s most congested city. Not only that, it is the 48th most congested city in the world, according to last year’s TomTom Traffic Index. It is so bad that next week a strategy proposing carpooling, public transport and parking incentives to disrupt regular peak hours, will be presented to the City of Cape Town.
More and more people are choosing to live near the city centre. To this end suburbs such as Vredehoek and the Atlantic seaboard that offer the “live-play-work” option and as little “car-time” as possible are most sought after.
Read more: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/traffic-woes-cape-town-a-victim-of-its-own-success-8349512
5 Bosso fans die in crash
FIVE people, two of them police officers, believed to be Highlanders’ Football Club supporters, died while five others were critically injured in an accident along the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road on Saturday night.
The accident occurred at around 8PM at the 20km peg, just before the meandering escarpment popularly referred to as “Danger” when the driver of a Toyota Gaia they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a tree.
The nine passengers and driver were coming from Barbourfields Stadium where Highlanders had taken on Caps United in the final of the ZNA Commander Charities’ Shield.
Bosso lost the match 2-3 after a penalty shootout following a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time.
The injured victims are admitted to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident.
“I can confirm the death of five people who were involved in a car accident at the 20km peg along Bulawayo-Gwanda Road near the danger point. The driver lost control of the car and it veered off the road before it hit a tree. Two people died on the spot while two others died upon admission to hospital. The other one who was in the intensive care unit died today (yesterday),” said Nyathi.
He said they were travelling in a black Toyota Gaia and there were 10 people on board.
Sunday comment: Concerned Kenyan lady appeals to public to end gross misconduct in public transport
More often we use public transport while going to our workplaces, visit our friends or relatives and when on other personal engagements. Ms. Whitney Hamisi does not like her experience when using public transport just like you and me. She has since taken it up to appeal and campaign for a likely hard to achieve change in the sector through her message as herein.
She posted this touching message on her social media;
” Today on my way to maseno I was seated at the far end in a matatu, then, as usual, we have to wait until its full (overloaded) in order for us to leave. I observed how people got in since I was behind I could see everything going on, who gets in and who gets out. The conductor arranged people how they would sit and finally, the ‘sambazas’ were put to place. Its a normal thing for Kenyans so people still got in and sat on the wooden plates.
Now its time to leave and the conductor has to get in, so in mind, I knew what comes next is him hanging at the door.
Sincerely if you lean on someone and put your armpit directly on their face, what goes on in your mind? Kenya police at the roadside are ready to take bribes from the conductor and the driver. A 14 seater carrying 19 passengers!!!!.
Is this justice!!!! Are we helping the wananchi or instead encouraging accidents on our roads. It is my plea as a frequent user of public transport that we refuse to be overloaded in a matatu.
We can say no to this kind of act. Change starts with us. Let us not get into a matatu if it’s packed and they(conductors and drivers) will get used to it. The traffic police kindly help us.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. Taking bribes won’t build you a mansion. Overloading people won’t make you a millionaire,” she posted.
Road accidents: 12 killed, 29 injured in two days
26th March 2017
ALGIERS-Twelve (12) persons lost their lives and 29 others were injured in road accidents that occurred nationwide in the last 48 hours, the Civil Protection announced Saturday in a communiqué.
The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Constantine where 2 persons were killed and 6 other were injured in 2 distinct accidents, said the source.
Besides, the Civil Protection services intervened to provide first aid to 22 persons who inhaled carbon monoxide emanating from heaters and heaters at their homes: 13 in Mascara, 3 in Medea, 2 in Biskra, 2 in Setif and 2 in Khenchela.
Ghana Bus fire
25th March 2017
Kenya ministry intensifies campaign to reduce road fatalities
25th March 2017
NAIROBI Kenya’s ministry of transport in partnership with industry and welfare groups on Thursday announced a new campaign targeting motorists and pedestrians in a bid to reduce road accidents that claims an estimated 3,000 lives annually in the country.
Ministry of transport officials said at a forum in Nairobi that a revitalized road safety awareness campaign involving stakeholders in government and private sector was an imperative in order to end carnage on major highways.
Martin Eshiwani, the head of road transport services in the ministry of transport and infrastructure said that public education, law enforcement alongside improved road designs will be prioritized to reduce accidents on urban highways.
“There are various ways to minimize fatalities on our roads and we are in agreement with key stakeholders that aggressive campaigns targeting pedestrians, motorists, law enforcement agencies and contractors are long over-due to tackle this menace,” Eshiwani remarked.
Kenya ranks among Sub-Saharan with high road fatalities linked to drunken driving, lax policing and over speeding.
Eshiwani said the government has focused on retraining of drivers, technology driven monitoring of vehicular flow along highways as well as erection of speed bumps and signage to reduce accidents.
“We have increased the number of foot bridges in the major highways alongside deploying additional police officers to monitor and apprehend motorists who flout traffic rules,” said Eshiwani.
Kenya recorded a 3 percent reduction in road accidents between 2015 to 2016 thanks to improved policing along major highways, robust public awareness and enactment of punitive legislation.
The Director General of National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA), Francis Meja, said Kenya has borrowed global best practices to reduce road accidents that are a major public health challenge in the country.
“We are targeting high risk roads in Nairobi and other major towns in the new campaign to educate motorists and pedestrians on the enormous price to pay for flouting traffic rules,” said Meja.
He added that traffic police, driving schools, learning institutions and community welfare groups will be part of the new campaign to educate pedestrians, motorists and motorcycle riders on the need to observe traffic rules.
5 PEOPLE SUSTAINED MODERATE TO SERIOUS INJURIES WHEN TRUCK OVERTURNED ON N8 FREE STATE
25th March 2017
Nigeria: FRSC convicts 45 traffic offenders for overloading, more
25th March 2017
FRSC convicts offenders for overloading
45 offenders have been convicted for numerous traffic violations in Asaba, Delta state.
Vanguard reports that these offences include drivers’ license violation, driving without seat belts, overloading, failure to install speed limiting device and others.
The conviction was done by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) mobile court, presided by Magistrate Victoria Ghomorai. Apart from the convictions, the mobile court also discharged three and remanded two in custody.
Motorists have been advised to install the speed limiting device, and obey traffic rules in order to avoid getting arrested or convicted.
In related news, FRSC officials have been ordered to suspend the booking of offenders for fire extinguisher, light and caution sign violations.
Namibia: Keetmans taxis fail roadworthy test
25th March 2017 by Luqman Cloete
18 school kids cheat death, police flee accident scene
FOUR pupils in Bulawayo were injured on Tuesday when a commuter omnibus carrying 18 school children crashed into a ditch following a 5km high speed chase by motorbike cops.
The four injured pupils were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where they were treated and discharged. However, the police officers allegedly escaped from the scene after realising that the kombi had plunged into a ditch. Witnesses alleged the police chased the kombi from Baines Junior School in Northend to Sauerstown suburb.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 5PM and the kombi driver who was involved in the high speed chase was ferrying pupils from Townsend, Milton and Eveline High schools to their different destinations.
A parent whose child was in the kombi expressed concern over police negligence saying all the children could have died. The parent who identified herself as Patience said although the driver’s behaviour cannot be condoned, she was disappointed with the police’s response. ”As a parent I look up to the police to protect our children but in this case I felt really let down. They have a duty to prevent crime but in this incident they assisted in its commission. They could have noted the number plates of the vehicle instead of chasing the kombi from Northend suburb to Sauerstown,” said Patience. She said instead of assisting the injured, the police decided to escape from the scene of the accident, a confirmation that they realised that their action was unlawful and irresponsible.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the accident. She however said she was not aware that the kombi was involved in a high speed chase with police officers.
“Four children were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where they were treated and discharged. The kombi was ferrying school children and it fell into a ditch at the end of a road in Sauerstown suburb. The kombi had 18 passengers,” said Insp Simango.
Ghana: John Dumelo caught with state vehicles?
Government agents have caught popular actor, John Dumelo, with two state vehicles, it has been reported.
One of the vehicles is a Toyota Land Cruiser V8, according to a report by the Daily Guide.
YEN.com.gh understands that Dumelo was caught with the Land Cruiser at a spraying shop in Accra where he had allegedly taken it to be resprayed.
The vehicle is said to be one of the 200 vehicles the presidency says are missing.
The report said Dumelo initially said that the former first lady, Lordina Mahama, gave him the vehicle. Then he reportedly changed his tune, saying that bought it himself. However, a look at the car’s chasis number (VIN number) is said to have given him away.
The actor reportedly handed over the car without any resistance.
Kenya: Boda boda banned from carrying coffins
By Jackline Inyanji 24th March 2017
Boda boda riders have been banned from ferrying coffins on their motorcycles across all major towns in Western. The riders have also been cautioned against creating disturbance while escorting bodies for burial.
Regional traffic police boss Geoffrey Njogu yesterday said those found violating the directive will be prosecuted. “Ferrying bodies on motorcycles inconveniences other road users. Besides scaring people, it is also not healthy to carry bodies on a motorcycle that is used by other commuters. We have a special vehicle known as a hearse meant for that job,” Mr Njogu said.
It has become common for boda boda riders to escort bodies through major shopping centres while hooting and shouting in the name of mourning. Most riders are usually hired for that purpose.
Accidents have occurred in some instances, some resulting in death, as the riders escort bodies. The police boss warned that riders who get hired and turn the town into a mourning den would be arrested for violating traffic rules. “It is only hearses or ambulances that are authorised to carry bodies. Carrying bodies on motorcycles is illegal.
Let us mourn in a decent way and not creating disturbance on the road by riding in a careless way and causing accidents in the name of escorting the dead from the mortuary. Many people have died because of such carelessness,” he said. He asked the riders to adhere to security measures and observe traffic rules to curb accidents and insecurity.
“Riders should be at the forefront to end road accidents by observing traffic rules and not carrying excess passengers,” he noted. Every Thursday, business comes to a standstill as riders escorting bodies from the mortuary make noise and ride carelessly, creating commotion and inconveniencing other road users.
Namibia: Municipality bus overturned
Speaking at the opening of Nyakayojo Division boda boda offices on Monday, the association chairman, Mr James Arinaitwe, said crimes committed by boda boda riders and assassins disguised as cyclists, have put their business at a risk and members of the public have lost confidence in them.
Mr Arinaitwe said the teams will help monitor behavior of their colleagues and identify the wrong elements. “We are worried because of people using motorcycles to steal and sometimes our boda boda cyclists kill other people. We are working with security organs… We think this will eliminate the criminals. The association is in the process of issuing identity cards to cyclists so as to get rid of masqueraders, and Boda boda cycyclists who operateat night are required to have reflector jackets.
Other cyclists suggested that every riders should be investigated before they are given a stage in town to operate from so as to guard against wrong elements in the business.
“Government should regulate boda boda operations in the country by investigating people who want to start the business before they are allowed to operate. Many people no longer trust us because of the killings that are happening in the country that are said to be aided or executed by boda boda cyclists,” Mr Aggrey Akatwijuka, one of the cyclists said.
Mbarara District officer in charge of traffic Goda Katureebe advised the cyclists to always be observant when people approach them for transportation. He said riders must be on the look for those carrying weapons and dangerous tools. “I advise boda boda riders to always be security conscious. Armed people like using them and at the end of the day their motorcycles are taken or are used to commit crimes unknowingly,” Mr Katureebe said.
Kenyan Musician Jaguar Kills 2 in Road Accident
A car belonging to musician, Kanyi Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, has hit and killed two people in Kirinyaga County.
The musician, police say, was driving his Range Rover heading towards Makutano when he lost control and veered off the road before hitting a motorcyclist and his passenger at Rukanga, along the Sagana- Makutano road, on Wednesday.
DIED ON THE SPOT Police on Thursday said the vehicle, which was later towed to the Sagana Police Station, had loose chippings. The motorcyclist, Mugo Mwangi, 21, and his pillion passenger, James Maingi,21, died on the spot and their bodies were taken to the Kibugi Mortuary.
The musician on Thursday morning took to social media to express his distraught about the accident, moments after news of it went viral. “It is with grief that I share this post today. As it is now public, I was involved in a car accident. Sadly, lives were lost in the incident,
Police vows to charge Nasarawa governor’s son to court over student’s death
The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed that Khali, the son of state governor Tanko Al-Makura will soon be arraigned in court over the murder of a student.
Khali was said to have knocked down the late student Amos Ovyeh with his vehicle on Sunday, March 19 while he and his friends were on their way to buy batteries for their torch lights.
The Punch reports that Nasarawa state Commissioner of Police Abubakar Sadiq-Bello said Khali would be charged to court for manslaughter over the death of the JSS II student of Government Science School.
“As far as I am concerned, the suspect is still in police custody and his car is at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. As soon as investigation is concluded, he will be charged to court,” Sadiq-Bello told Northern City News in a telephone interview on Tuesday, March 22.
According to him, Khali is presently in police custody and would be charged to court immediately investigations are through. His car has also been impounded and is at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. An eyewitness said the driver was infamous for rough driving and would have been lynched if he had not disclosed that he was the governor’s son.
The situation could have escalated but for the intervention of the commissioner of education, Tijjani Ahmed, and the police, who calmed the students down and persuaded them to go back into the school premises.
Ghana: Bunso residents threaten to block Accra – Kumasi Highways
22nd March 2017
Angry residents of Bunso junction in the Eastern region, a community located along the Accra to Kumasi Highways have threatened to block the highways on Monday should Ghana Highways Authority remain adamant in responding to their several calls for construction of speed bumps at the Bunso Junction stretch of the road.
Residents argue that, several people mostly breadwinners have lost their lives through Pedestrian knockdowns by speeding vehicles while several preventable accidents have been recorded on that stretch of the road due to the absence of speed bumps to slow down speeding vehicles, adding that architects of the road also failed to construct footbridge for residents to safely cross the road to the other side.
The angry residents mostly youth issued this warning on Tuesday when they demonstrated to express their displeasure over the situation by hoisting placards with inscriptions that communicated their sentiments .
According to them, several complaints have been lodged to Highway Authorities and their Member of Parliament for the issue to be addressed however, to no avail therefore, issued a week a ultimatum to the Ghana Highways Authority to respond swiftly or risk preventing vehicles from plying the Accra to Kumasi Highways through Bunso.
Taxi crashes into light pole injured 9 people this morning in Kwa-Zulu Natal
22nd March 2017
Nine people were left injured this morning when taxi crashed into a lightpole on North Coast Road in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi parked onto of a roadside barrier and lightpole.
Several passengers from the taxi had already climbed out of the vehicle.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that nine had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene.
The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to various hospitals, including Addington Hospital.
Three die in kombi crash
Three people died on the spot while 17 others were seriously injured along the Bulawayo-Harare highway, 40 kilometres outside Kwekwe from Gweru.The Nissan Caravan commuter omnibus they were travelling in swerved to the right lane, overturned and rolled several times before plunging into a stream.
Eyewitnesses said the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times throwing passengers outside before landing on its side in a nearby stream.
Gweru Fire Brigade sub officer Mr Ephraim Manzera said the vehicle hit a bridge and it burst its front tyre before rolling several times.
Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed that three people died on the spot and that as police they had no full details of the accident as they were still assessing the accident scene.
The injured were taken to Gweru Hospital and the names of the deceased are still being withheld until their next of kin have been advised.
Multiple vehicle pile-up on the N12
21st March 2017 Amanda Khoza, News24
Johannesburg – The number of people who have been injured or have died remains unclear following a multiple vehicle pile-up on the N12 near Putfontein, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning.
KAMPALA. Three people have been confirmed dead and five others injured in an accident in Mazaba trading centre, about 8 kilometres to Namutumba town, when a commuter taxi and Noah vehicle collided head-on at around 4:30pm.
The driver of the Noah vehicle, who was reported to be on the run by press time, was overtaking a stationary vehicle when it crashed in the oncoming Kampala-bound mini-bus. “The accident was caused by reckless driving…driver should not speed,” said Mr Stephen Magoma, the police officer in-charge traffic in Namutumba District.
Preliminary findings based on physical inspection of the vehicle suggest the Noah was not roadworthy, he said. All its occupants survived almost unhurt and the driver took off.
Of the three taxi passengers who perished, police was able to only identify Catherine Nandudu, a resident of Katali village in Sironko District. The other two deceased had no identification documents.
Police transferred the dead bodies to Namutumba Health Centre III while the injured, some seriously, were taken to Iganga Hospital for further management. The injured included two baby girls; one seven-months-old and the other 14-months-old. Police named them as Phionah Nekesa and Shamidu Milinda whose mothers Nubu Tibiwali and Dorcus Namanja, respectively, survived with injuries. Police named the fifth injured passenger as Harriet Kissa.
Today’s (Sunday’s) crash on the eastern Tirinyi highway happened five days after Toroma County Member of Parliament Cyrus Amodoi, who was buried today, together with nine other passengers perished in an accident on Jinja highway on Tuesday involving three vehicles.
Apostle Chiriseri ‘strike’ from the grave
A police officer who allegedly robbing the late Apostle Charles Chiriseri’s corpse of $200 has died.
Mkhokheli Mpofu (30), a constable, was hit by a car while manning a roadblock on Friday near the spot where he allegedly robbed the late founder of His Presence Ministries International pastor’s corpse in September last year.
He was set to appear in court on March 28 for allegedly stealing $200, which was in a pocket of the late Apostle Chiriseri at the accident scene. According to Mpofu’s workmates, they claim that Apostle Chiriseri’s spirit was exacting vengeance on him, the Chronicle reported.
Mpofu was initially injured at the 397km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway in Mbembesi around 6pm. However, he died on admission at the United Bulawayo Hospitals on the same day around 7.30pm. “A former police officer Mr Peter Cahile was driving a Defender Land Rover towards Bulawayo and he failed to stop at the roadblock,” a source is quoted saying.
Mr Cahile told investigators he failed to see Cst Mpofu, who was in the road signalling for him to stop, as it was dark. “He stopped a few metres from the accident scene and was immediately arrested.”
Namibia: Nurses arrested for refusing to take blood sample
TWO nurses at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital emergency department were arrested for refusing a demand by the Windhoek City Police to take a blood sample from a drunk driving suspect yesterday.
The nurses, whose names cannot be disclosed, yesterday said three City Police officers arrived at the hospital at around 07h00 and asked them to draw blood from a suspect.
Since the suspect’s form stated that only a doctor was authorised to take a blood sample, the nurses said, they asked the officers to wait.
One of the nurses claimed that the officers insisted that they should draw the blood.
“I told them I was unable to do so,” the nurse said, while the other nurse said the officers insisted even when they were busy attending to a boy who had had a convulsion.
“One of the police officers kept knocking on the emergency door, demanding that we give him our names after we refused to take the blood sample. I asked the officer what he wanted to do with my name. I refused to give it to him. We were then told that we are under arrest for refusing to follow police instructions and refusing to give our names,” she said.
The nurses were taken to the Katutura Police Station where they were to be charged but were freed when Windhoek City Police chief Abraham Kanime ordered their release.
Kanime said yesterday that he had ordered that the officers who arrested the nurses be investigated.
“I want to understand how officers can arrest nurses who are on duty, who were attending to an emergency for that matter. They need to explain to me what warranted such an action,” Kanime said, adding that he was very concerned by what happened.
Kanime said civilians can be charged for refusing to assist or provide relevant information to an officer of the law, but admitted that officers can only arrest a nurse on duty if they were posing a risk to a patient.
One dead, 25 injured in gory Winneba accident
19th March 2017
One person has been confirmed dead in a gory accident Sunday morning at Okyereko junction on the Winneba-Kasoa highway in the Central region.
Two others are also in critical condition and have been rushed to the Winneba Specialists and Trauma Centre for treatment. The two are reported to be in coma due to the severe injuries they suffered.
The accident was occurred between two Sprinter Benz Buses with registration
number AS 7393-16 and GG 2006-16 after an attempt by a VW Golf car to overtake on a narrow stretch forced one of the sprinter buses to veer off hitting the side of the other sprinter bus.
In all 25 passengers were on board the sprinter bus as those who suffered minor injuries have been treated and discharged from the hospital.
Winneba MTTD Commander ASP Charles Obiri confirming the accident to Starr News Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour said the Police are still conducting its investigations.
Ghana: 2017 road accidents: NRC calls for strict regulations after 2,445 in 74 days.
19th March 2017
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has urged road users to comply with all road regulations to enhance safety on the roads. The advice comes in the wake of the alarming spate of accidents in recent times, which the commission believes was preventable.
Police records indicate that barely 74 days into the year, 2,445 road accidents have been recorded nationwide, resulting in 426 deaths and 2,523 injuries. Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra last Tuesday, the Head of Communications of the NRSC, Mr Kwame Atuahene, said all the accidents recorded during the period were as a result of negligence.
Causes. Mr Atuahene attributed the high prevalence of accidents on the roads to speeding beyond approved limits, wrong overtaking, driving under the influence of alcohol, poor vehicle maintenance and unqualified drivers. He said if all stakeholders, particularly, drivers and passengers would adhere to road traffic regulations, most of the accidents that occurred would have been avoided.
Mr Atuahene said as part of initiatives to improve safety on the roads, the commission was holding dialogues with stakeholders to support national efforts at reducing road accidents. The discussions, he said, would consider the introduction of monitoring cameras on the roads and the introduction of spot fines to deter recalcitrant drivers.
Remedies. Mr Atuahene said the commission would also intensify its research and public sensitisation programmes with the hope of reducing the prevalence of road accidents in the country. “No matter the road sensitisations we do or the level of knowledge the public acquire on road safety, if they do not apply the knowledge, no meaningful impact can be achieved,” he said.
He stressed that road safety was a collective responsibility and, therefore, all stakeholders, particularly the commission, passengers, pedestrians and the Ghana Police Service, as well as vehicle owners, needed to be proactive in their respective roles.
Challenges. Touching on challenges of the NRSC, Mr Atuahene mentioned funding, and appealed to corporate bodies to fund some of the commission’s activities.
Tanzania: Motorcycle accidents continue to rob youth of their future
19th March 2017
Zimbabwe: Police launch national WhatsApp hotline
Anyone who feels cheated has a right to call the National Complaints Hotline on +263(0)47036311 where their complaints will be attended to immediately.
Meanwhile, below is a list of OFFICIAL fines that guilty motorists must pay as far as Zimbabwe Government’s Traffic Regulations are concerned. I recommend that you print this charge sheet and keep it in your car.
ZIMBABWE VEHICLE REGISTRATION & LICENSING ACT CHAPTER 12:14
List of penalties go to http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-local-byo-106547.html
Senior Inspector PHIRI: Public Relations. Nat.
Line: 04 703 631 (24 hr service)
Senior Inspector NCUBE: 077 2719 730 or
071 2769 768
Senior Inspector KANGWARE: 071 2415 491
Spokesperson Traffic Inspector CHIGOME:
0772 965 030
Namibia: Otjiwarongo Police accused of brutality on taxi driver
18 Mar 2017 By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 17 MAR (NAMPA) A 23-year-old taxi driver was allegedly beaten up and gun-pointed by two police officers in the Orwetoveni residential area here on Thursday. The driver is Sakaria Tangeni Vaino. The Otjozondjupa Police on Thursday morning set up unexpected roadblocks, stopping and searching pedestrians and checking the licences of taxi drivers and street vendors.It was during this operation that the officers stopped Vaino, demanding his drivers licence.
Eyewitness, Esmeralda !Aebes told Nampa the beatings she witnessed occurred shortly after 10h15 along Dr Libertina Amathila Street, and lasted for about three minutes. I was standing at a braai stand when I saw a police officer approaching a taxi driver and heard him demand his drivers licence, !Aebes said. Shortly after, the officer then allegedly slapped the taxi driver twice and punched him in the face several times. He was joined by another police officer in punching the driver in the stomach and face until he spat blood on the ground, according to !Aebes. Thats why they let him go. The taxi driver did not fight back and he had produced a driving licence, she said.
Another eyewitness, Lovisa Kayambu, told this journalist a third officer was present but he did not touch the man. Kayambu said police brutality in Otjiwarongo has been going on for some time, and it is a concern. Both eyewitnesses said they would be able to identify the two savage police officers should they be paraded.
A brother of Vaino, Nestor Sakaria, told this agency his younger brother was arrested shortly after the attack by the same police officers. My brother told me that shortly after the attack on him, the same officers followed him, stopped his taxi and pointed a gun in his face, said Sakaria. Vaino was transported to the Otjiwarongo Police Station, where one of the officers laid a charge of assault by threat against him.
Case number CR 74/03/2017 indicate that Vaino had threatened to deal with the two officers who attacked him, once they were off-duty. Nampa established that Vaino was locked up on Thursday and remains in police custody. Otjiwarongo Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Francis Makata said Thursday that he was aware of the incident and would investigate the case before pronouncing himself on the matter.
Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Commissioner, Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono condemned any attack on civilians by police officers. Mavenjono said no police officer is supposed to beat up or harass people, noting that officers are tasked with the national duty to protect people and their property. We always tell them not to beat anyone; they are aware of this, he said, adding that they will investigate the incident.
FRSC confirms 4 dead 3 injured in Sokoto auto crash
Four people died in an accident at the Eastern Bye-Pass in Sokoto City late on Thursday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Sokoto State, Mr Mohammed Hamzat, confirmed the development in an interview with a NAN correspondent on Friday in Sokoto. He said the incident involved a Mercedes 200 car with registration number, AA-986-WRN, a tricycle and four motorcycles.
“The driver of the car lost control and swerved to the opposite lane of the express road. “The car crushed the motorcycles and the tricycles, their passengers and some pedestrians. “Three people died on the spot while the car driver also died later at the Specialist Hospital in Sokoto.’’
Hamzat said that three other people, who were critically injured in the accident, were currently receiving treatment at the hospital. The sector commander said that the dead bodies had been deposited at the mortuary.
ZA: Minibus collision in Rustenburg leaves 6 dead, 4 injured
James de Villiers, News24 17th March 2017
A minibus and truck collided on the N4 near Rustenburg. (Supplied)
Rustenburg – Six people have been killed and four seriously injured after a truck collided with a 26-seater bus on the N4 near Rustenburg on Thursday afternoon, paramedics said.
It is believed that approximately 25 people were involved in the collision.Paramedics arrived at the scene at approximately 17:30 where they found several people scattered across the scene, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said in a statement.At least six people were found with fatal injuries, he said. Several people were still trapped inside the bus. Three helicopters weredispatched to the scene to airlift patients. Local authorities were deployed to the scene and investigations are underway.
Two arrested for causing Edo road accident in which 10 died.
A truck driver and his conductor have been arrested for causing a road accident that killed 10 people in Edo State. The only survivor of the accident is in critical condition at hospital.
The accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night between Ugoneki and Evbuobanosa villages along the Benin-Agbor-Onitsha expressway. Eyewitnesses said the truck driver was driving against traffic when it had a head on collision with a commercial bus. The truck was marked, FST 280 XR, while the 18-seater Toyota bus had the registration number MKD 492 XB.
Youths in the villages picked up the truck driver and his conductor and handed them over to the police. The Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Samuel Odukoya, who confirmed the incident, said four passengers died after they were rushed to hospital.
He blamed accident on reckless driving.
Uganda: Tragedy as MP, 9 others perish in accident
Uganda Funeral Services Ltd van waiting by Jinja hospital mortuary door to transport Toroma county Member Parliament Mr Cyrus Amodoi who died in an accident Buikwe district traveling to Katakwi district on Wednesday.
Ghana to introduce dedicated traffic cameras in June
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is to install the first-ever dedicated traffic cameras in the country by June, 2017. The move is to help curb the recent high-incidence of road accidents.
Speaking on the Late Edition on 3FM, Deputy Executive Director In-Charge of Planning, Mr David Adonteng, said the new traffic arrangements is aimed at arresting reckless driving across the country and curb unwanted deaths on the roads.
Mr Adonteng was speaking to host of the show, Johnnie Hughes, from the Apam Junction accident site where a team of NRSC officials visited victims of the accident which claimed 14 lives and injured several others at the weekend. Statistics from the NRSC indicates that 1,990 deaths were recorded from a total of 11,378 road accidents at the end of November last year involving 17,746 vehicles.
Casualties stood at 12,154 and injuries at 10,154. Mr Adonteng was responding to claims that the high rate of accidents was due to human interference in traffic management systems, adding “we hope to introduce the cameras by June and hope that we will eliminate the huge human interference in traffic management practices across the country”.
Ghana ranks 38th worst country in world traffic accidents ratings per 100,000 at 24.60, while the world road traffic accidents standing as the 9th cause of deaths with a total of 1,254,526. Other worst performing countries are Cote d’Ivoire (24), Egypt (15.34). Iran, Iraq and Venezuela top the list, while Norway (2.86), Sweden (2.36 and Maldives (1.05) top the list with the lowest figures per 100,000.
Mr Adonteng said the Commission has had problems with human interface and was now moving their strategies a few notches higher to bring sanity and responsibility to road traffic management. He explained that when the traffic cameras are installed, “it will bring on board a completely new way of reducing speeding and recklessness on our roads; a system by which we will arrest people who jump red lights, drive recklessly and pose serious danger to themselves and other road users.”
Traffic cameras are highly in use in Europe and America and are a major resource to police security investigative processes. The new camera regime is collaboration between the NRSC and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority.
Comment: The process requires that the registered owners can be traced via a registration system. Since properties often don’t have a house number or name and street signs are rarely visible, local landmarks like bars, banks or even trees are used instead to help people find their way. Identifying the law breaker is one thing locating the law breaker is another issue – Ed.
Multiple-vehicle collision in Durban leaves 1 dead, 5 injured
16th March 2017 James de Villiers, News24
Durban – One person was killed and five others were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision on Wednesday on the M7 near Winston Churchill Drive in Pinetown, paramedics said.
It is believed the driver of a bakkie lost control of his vehicle, causing it to veer into oncoming traffic and collide with two other vehicles.When paramedics arrived at the scene one man was found trapped inside a light vehicle showing no signs of life, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement.Assessments showed that the man had already succumbed to his injuries. Meiring said three other patients were found lying trapped in a second light vehicle, all in a serious condition. A fifth was found inside a bakkie with moderate injuries. Police are investigating.
Opinion: Road Traffic Accidents In Ghana – Let Us Enforce The Road Traffic Regulations Strictly
15th March 2017 By Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III
The word accident by definition means that there is no intent of commission or omission so that does not necessarily make one liable criminally especially if it’s road traffic accident. Due to this, the National Road Safety Commission has been advocating for the use of the word “crush” in place of accidents since there is elements of negligence in most accidents and the circumstances under which they occurred.
As a young Police officer who has been investigating accidents for the past 7 years, I can authoritatively say that most fatal accidents in Ghana are purely due to the negligence on the parts of the drivers. With right mindset and the right approach to the enforcement of our road traffic regulations, we will survive the accidents crisis which seems to loom. Our approach to accidents have always been the reactive type, where we wait for accidents to occur before we rush to the scenes with a glint of hope to see whether we can save some people instead of proactive type where road traffic regulations are strictly enforced to avoid the occurrence of accidents in the first place.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global status report on road safety, 1.25 million people die in road traffic accident every year. What this means is that, road traffic accidents are a global phenomenon not unique to only Ghana but the measures put in place to reduce accidents to its barest minimum is what matters. In the advanced countries, the only (sic! – Ed) solution to accidents is the strict enforcement of road traffic laws and strict compliance by the citizenry.
Here in Ghana, 6 people die everyday in accidents, 150 a month and 1400 people in a year according to National Road Safety Commission. That should be a great source of worry for Ghanaians since no one is safe as far as road traffic accidents are concerned. Accidents do not cause deaths only but leave people in economic hardships and poverty. Many people lose valuable properties as well as leaving hundreds in permanent damages. The cost of an accident is physically and economically unquantifiable (No – Ed).
It is the mandate of the Road Traffic Department of Ghana police service -the MTD, to ensure that road traffic regulations are enforced to the strict compliance of offending drivers, riders and pedestrians but unfortunately this department of the police is suffering from battered image crisis as a result of wild accusations from the general and travelling public for bribery and corruption on our roads. In recent times this branch of the police service has to endure intermittent suspensions from the road particularly in election years due to administrative directives. Elsewhere in some other jurisdictions, their MTDs have been modified, their operations reviewed and well resourced to generate huge revenues for the state. It is very different here.
We also have the Drivers’ and Licensing Authority to blame if accidents are getting rampant on our roads. They are mandated to issue licence to drivers. For a very long time the activities of “Goro boys” have hampered the efficiency of DVLA and as a result of that many unqualified drivers who acquired their licenses through illegal means found themselves on the road without going through testing requirements about do’s and don’ts as well as road traffic signs which are to guide drivers on the road. They are causing death as results of rampage crush on our roads.
Accusing fingers should also be pointed at the National Road Safety Commission too. It is a commission back by Act 567/99 to promote and coordinate road safety activities and to give the public all the needed education on road safety. If you look at the behaviour of some people on the road, it suggest that, either the the Road Safety Commission is not working up to their mandate or the education is not going down well with Ghanaian people.
The first charge for every driver who is involved in road traffic accident is careless and inconsiderate driving contrary to section 3 of Act 683/04 as amended by section 3 of Act 761/08. With this charge, we try to look whether the accident was due to the negligence of the driver and as to whether he was considerate to other road users since he owes duty of care to other road users.
At end, we are to prove with collated evidences based on the circumstances that led to the accident that it occurred due to the carelessness of the driver and also as to whether or not he was considerate to other road users as well, or to establish authoritatively that the accident occurred due to a mechanical fault such as brake failure or tyre burst. If it is a mechanical fault, irrespective of the the number of lives lost in the accident, the law prescribes that we should leave the driver to go scot free.
We were told that the accident that occurred at Kintampo where a Truck loaded with Tomatoes was involved in an accident with a Metro Mass Bus that over 70 Ghanaians lost their precious lives was a mechanical fault. It means drivers who due to their actions and inaction caused the accidents are walking about free unless other contemplated charges were proffered against them.
The first to prevent an accident starts with the driver, followed by passengers and the pedestrian. If all these actors fail to play their role to prevent accidents, the state should intervene by ensuring that road traffic regulations are strictly enforced to the letter by giving the police independent role to enforce law and order on the road since that is their constitutional mandate to ensure that Ghana is safe for all and sundry.
I hear some 25 people have died in road traffic accident at Winneba. It is normal because we will soon forget it until another death in a similar manner either at the same spot, or another place before we start the talking again but we will never walk our talks to save ourselves from scary claws of accidents which are sending a lot of energetic people into early grave.
Ghana is a problem country with massive leadership and institutional failures. Rampant accidents on our roads test to that and I am a witness to it. We should enforce our road traffic regulations strictly and stay safe.
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Mr Richard Kamara,an eye witness said that the Noah was hit by the speeding Lorry after the driver tried to make a U-turn in the road.
“I was by the roadside by the time the accident happened. I saw the lorry and the Town Ace (Noah) heading opposite directions but all of a sudden, the Noah made a U-turn, a little too late for the lorry driver to stop,” Mr Kamara said. He said that the injured were rushed to hospital while one person died in the process.
Mr James Lumanyika, the OC traffic attacked to Wakiso District said investigations are ongoing to ascertain the cause of the accident, he added that the driver of the Noah is under custody. “We’re yet to identify the injured people and the one who died,” Mr Lumanyika said.
Zimbabwe: Gumbo must resign over bad state of roads
14th March 2017
TRANSPORT minister Jorum Gumbo must resign because he has failed to find a solution to the poor state of the country’s road network, in particular, among other failures, the opposition People’s Democratic Party has said.
Gumbo recently admitted in an address to Parliament that the government has not done enough to resolve the infrastructure crisis facing the transport sector. Bulawayo PDP organising secretary Bekithemba Nyathi said the Zanu-PF regime was highly responsible for the accidents that were claiming lives on a daily basis.
“As PDP we are still shocked not only by the unfortunate accident, but more by the regime’s failure to take responsibility and at least apologise to the family. We would like to call upon the Minister of Transport Gumbo to resign or better still (President) Robert Mugabe’s whole administration,” Nyathi said.
“Ours is a case of a failed State and a collapsed economy and the current crop of political players have no moral capacity to turn around the fortunes of this country hence the call for a National Transition Authority.”
Nyathi challenged the families of the accident victims to sue the government for negligence in terms of failure to rehabilitate road infrastructure despite the motorist’s paying out money at tollgates. A recent visit at Esigodini tollgate established that there were potholes even just before and after it.
Gumbo also described the country’s roads as deplorable “death traps.””You cannot drive safely as there is a danger to your car and to yourself because of potholes, particularly when it is raining because you cannot even tell whether you are going to hit a pothole, as it is just water. It is even worse in rural areas because the roads have been swept away. Even on tarred roads, you would wish you were driving on a dust road than a tarred road,” he told the Senate.
He, however, blamed the state of the roads on Cyclone Dineo which hit parts of the country recently.
Abuja-Kaduna highway is safe, secure, says Kaduna CP
14th March 2017
He said that the command had deployed enough resources to ensure the safety of travellers at all times.
The commissioner added that the police was conducting regular patrols on the highway using SARS patrol teams, air surveillance and police special forces. “The command wishes to reaffirm its commitment to maintain security of lives and property in the state. “We are encouraging the members of the public to cooperate with the Command in its intelligence driven policing principles,” Abeh said.
Three die, five injured in Ondo road crash
14th March 2017
Three persons have been reported dead, while five others injured in a road accident at Uso, along Akure/Owo road in Ondo State.
It was learnt that the accident, claimed the life of an octogenarian and two brothers who were said to be siblings. An eye witness said the carnage which involved two vehicles occurred as a result of excessive speed of the drivers of the two ill-fated vehicles.
One of the vehicles, a Toyota Highlander jeep was said to be heading to Akure from Abuja, while the other vehicle, a bus was going to Owo. It was gathered that the two vehicles were on high speed when the driver of the Toyota Highlander swerved to the other side of the road in an attempt to avoid a pothole, a situation which caused collision of the two vehicles.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Mr Femi Joseph confirmed the accident, saying the two vehicles have already been impounded.
Ghana: 14 die in gory motor crash
The accident involved a sprinter bus and an articulated truck with registration number GE 3282- X which was travelling from Accra towards the Cape Coast section of the road Sunday afternoon.
The 14 people made up of 12 females and two males were among the passengers on board the sprinter bus with registration number GM 1129- 16 which was heading towards Accra from the Cape Coast section of the road. The bodies have been deposited at the Central Regional hospital morgue.
The accident is said to have happened when the driver of the articulated truck lost control of the steering wheel thereby veering into the lane of the oncoming sprinter bus resulting in a head-on collision.
It took the police and the fire service several hours to get the passengers out of the mini bus as they got trapped in there after the car had tumbled several times.
The police are therefore calling on road users to observe traffic rules in ending the numerous accidents happening in the region. especially on the Cape Coast – Accra Highway.
Centurion School Bus Crash
13th March 2017
School bus crash on tulip road in Mnandi Emer-G-Med is on the scene
6 people killed in Nakuru and Nyamira road accidents
12th March 2017
Six people have lost their lives in two separate road accidents in Nyamira and Salgaa areas. In the first incident three people died while another sustained serious injuries after a lorry lost control and overturned along the Nyamira-Kisumu road.
13 pothole horror deaths victims named
A commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology.
In a statement yesterday, Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said Government had joined the nation in mourning the deceased. He described the accident as tragic and said the nation shares the sorrow of the bereaved families and wished full recovery to the injured who are admitted to the UBH.
Kasukuwere said the bereaved families would receive $200 for each person who perished in the accident. “To all drivers countrywide, may I reiterate the fact that life is sacred and should be protected by all means possible. Due to the bad state of our roads countrywide as a result of unusually high rainfall, all drivers are urged to practically apply defensive driving tactics and also take advantage of daytime travel.
“I have since invoked Section (32) (c) of the Civil Protection Act Chapter 10.06 of 1989 and therefore assistance of $200.00 per deceased is being rendered to the bereaved,” said the Minister. On Thursday, National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “The accident involved a South Africa registered international haulage truck towing two trailers, and a Toyota Hiace minibus that was carrying 18 passengers onboard and a body.
On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi. Thirteen people from the minibus died on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals.”
Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the lane of oncoming traffic.
It collided with the kombi and dragged it for a distance. The truck’s load – tonnes of glass and wooden pallets – crushed the kombi.
Read more: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-106080.html
Comment. What is a life worth in Africa? Only $200? If that is the case, it is unfortunately cheaper to let people die than invest inroad safety and safer roads. There is no incentive to improve safety. In the UK the costs associated with a fatal accident is £1million (A valuation of road accidents and casualties in Great Britain – Gov.uk) – Ed.
Chapter 10:06 CIVIL PROTECTION ACT Acts 5/1989, 3/1992, 22/2001. 32 Application of Fund. Without derogation from the generality of section thirty-one, the Fund may be applied to—
(a) research and training which is calculated to promote civil protection;
(b) the acquisition of land, equipment, materials and other assets and the construction of buildings in order to promote the objects of the Fund;
(c) the cost of any scheme which the Minister considers to be in the interests of civil protection;
(d) meeting any expenses arising from the establishment and maintenance of the Fund;
(e) any purpose which the Minister considers to be in the interests of the development and promotion of civil protection.
The dirty secret of ‘African quality’ fuel
11 March 2017
The amount of sulphur in some fuel used in Africa is 300 times the level considered safe in Europe. It can cause a lot of respiratory diseases.
15 dead in horrific accident as truck hits pothole
10th March 2017
‘The driver is saying the truck reportedly hit a pothole and lost control before its load fell on the Kombi (Volkswagen camper van).’
Bulawayo – Fifteen people died in a horrific road accident near the city of Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe – and it’s all being blamed on a pothole, it was reported on Thursday.
Fifteen people from two families travelling in a commuter omnibus to a funeral in Masvingo died when a haulage truck collided with their vehicle and crushed it in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident yesterday. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 8km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road, where 14 people died and four others were seriously injured.
“The accident involved a South African registered international haulage truck towing two trailers, and a Toyota Hiace minibus that was carrying 18 passengers onboard and a body.
On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi. Thirteen people from the minibus died on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
“Due to the state of our roads, the ZRP is appealing to motorists to avoid travelling at night and observe speed limits to preserve life. As police, we are quite saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives in situations which we could be avoided. Let’s all preserve the sanctity of human life”.
Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the oncoming traffic lane.
The truck’s driver told the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation that he hit a pothole and lost control. A minibus then collided with the truck. The ZBC put the number of the dead at 15.
Motorists in Zimbabwe complain bitterly about the road network’s twin menace of potholes and police roadblocks. At the end of January, Zimbabwe national soccer team defender Onismor Bhasera survived a serious crash after his BMW hit a pothole near Birchenough Bridge, Zimbabwe’s Soccer24 site reported
Female NYSC member set to pass out next month dies in Enugu 7 injured.
A yet to be identified female NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) member, who was set to pass out next month, died on Thursday, March 9, following a fatal accident along 9th mile round about in Enugu state.
According to report on Nairaland, the tragic incident happened just immediately after her CDS (community Development Service) meeting.
PARLIAMENT. Committees of Parliament absorbed budget cuts running in hundreds of millions of shillings so as to buy cars for all MPs.
Information given to Daily Monitor shows that after the Ministry of Finance said it would not allocate to Parliament all the money it had asked for to buy cars for all MPs, especially those with pending court cases, the House administration turned to its budget.
Out of Shs22.7b (USD 6 million) which had been allocated to House committees this financial year, Shs5.5b was slashed and diverted. Parliament’s communications director Chris Obore confirmed the cuts but explained it away as part of the government’s directive to secure money to feed the hungry across the country. “It is not true that the Finance ministry refused to give money to MPs because facilitation of MPs is statutory,” he said.
However, committee chairpersons confirmed to Daily Monitor that the explanation given to them for the cuts was to the effect that Parliament wanted to raise money to buy vehicles for MPs.
“The MPs had to be facilitated with the cars to ease their work but also committees need the money,” Mr Alex Byarugaba, the chairperson of the Natural Resources committee, said.
A similar explanation was given by the chairperson of the Rules and Privileges committee, Mr Clement Ogalo-Obote. “The reduction was just a general reduction by Parliament because the Finance ministry was not releasing money for all the MPs so it was decided that we find a way of buying all MPs cars,” he said. According to Article 81(1) of the Constitution, a Member of Parliament shall be paid such emoluments and such gratuity and shall be provided with such facilities as may be determined by Parliament.
Every beginning of each Parliament, the government, therefore, sets about buying vehicles for each MP. Government provides vehicles for its senior officials for official transport. However, unlike the lawmakers, such cars are not personal property of the bureaucrats and they leave them for their successors when they retire or leave work.
In Kenya, every MP is given a grant of Kshs3 million (USD 29,000) for, as a must, a four wheel drive car. The government holds onto the car logbook until the end of the term to ensure that the MP does not trade it off. After that, the MP takes the car.
More Kenyans dying in Western Kenya over bodaboda accidents
It has been cited that majority of the bodaboda riders do not observe discipline on the road as they ferry Kenyans to their various destinations. These bodaboda drivers mainly consist of young men who have no training on road safety. They only eye the prize money that their customers will pay and therefore a race for who will have most of the customers at the end of the day. The transport costs a minimum of fifty shillings and this business has been seen as profitable to the youths most who are jobless.
Bodabodas carry more than one passenger with cases of up to four people being carried at a go on one motorcycle. Furthermore, passengers do not have reflectors or helmets. All this has been ignored risking the lives of many Kenyans. This has become the norm with no one raising their voices to criticise such practices. The traffic police officers who are responsible with enforcing the safety rules are corrupt and only charge the riders with non-existent crime and ask for bribes to set them free.
The traffic police officers and the National Transport and Safety officials should run a crackdown on unroadworthy bodaboda operators. Bodabodas should carry a maximum of two passengers (and a driver? Crazy – Ed) with each wearing a helmet and a jacket reflector. People should not continue to ignore the road safety rules because our lives are in danger. The greed to earn more money quickly should not be the reason for accidents caused by bodaboda operators.
Lamu woman rep Abdalla Shakila survives grisly accident
March 9th 2017 By CHETI PRAXIDES
The wreckage of Lamu woman representative Abdalla Shakila’s car after the accident on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. /CHETI PRAXIDES
Lamu woman representative Abdalla Shakila cheated death on Wednesday following an accident on Witu-Mokowe road.
The legislator’s car rolled several times after its tyres burst at Maisha Masha area during the 2pm incident. Shakila and two other occupants of the Toyota Prado escaped with minor injuries.
She was on her way to Mpeketoni for celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day. She graced the women’s day event.
3 People die in grisly road accident along Namanga Isinya road
9th March 2017
3 people died on the spot in a fatal road accident involving 3 trailers along Namanga road near Isinya town on Tuesday night. The two trailers that were rammed into, belonged to Dricon transporters and were moving towards Kajiado with one towing the other.
Cape Town motorist appears for allegedly running over tourists, killing 1
8th March 2017 Jenna Etheridge, News24
Cape Town – A man suspected of knocking down a group of tourists – killing a Swedish national and leaving five others injured – appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Darrel Kevin Fouter, 28, heard that a postponement was necessary because police were still investigating the incident that occurred on December 14 near his residence. Fouter, out on R5 000 bail, was told to return to court on May 9.He faces charges of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was driving along Arum Road in Table View when he hit the pedestrians, said Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut at the time.
Table View police said an eyewitness saw a vehicle speeding along the road moments before the incident. The driver was arrested at the scene and immediately taken to have his blood tested for alcohol.
The group of foreign nationals came from countries including Holland, Israel, Denmark and Sweden. Paramedics tried to save the young Swedish national, who had sustained multiple injuries, but were unsuccessful.
KZN Transport MEC attends funeral of N2 road crash victims
8th March 2017
MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda attended the funeral service of four members of the Ndebele family on 5th March.
MEC Kaunda joined the family and friends in bidding farewell to the four Ndebele family members, who were crash victims in the head-on collision on the N2 near the Engen One-Stop on Sunday, 26 February 2017.
Nine people are confirmed to have died in a collision between a taxi and a truck on the R63 between Komga and Bhisho on Sunday afternoon. The taxi was believed to be carrying passengers headed back to Cape Town following a funeral in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
Two of those who died were in the truck – a mother and her son – while the other seven were in the taxi and included a child. Only two people survived the horrific accident – a taxi passenger and the truck driver.
Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said both were still receiving treatment at Frere Hospital in East London. He said one man from the taxi sustained serious injuries, including a broken jaw. He and the truck driver were both being treated in hospital. He said the truck driver’s wife and son had been in the vehicle with him and both had died in the collision.
“There is speculation that the taxi was heading to Cape Town after a funeral in the Eastern Cape, but nothing can be confirmed yet and we don’t know how many other people they may have transported.” Kupelo said the front of the taxi had gone under the truck and a tow truck was used to separate the two vehicles. The jaws of life were then used to free the dead from the wreckage.
Frere Hospital chief executive Rolene Wagner said the patients’ families and employers had not yet been notified yesterday afternoon. Police said a case of culpable homicide had been registered at the Komga police station.
Four policemen die in Lagos auto crash
While Inspectors Olusegun Ajiboye and Donatus Nwaego, who sat at the back, as well as a woman Sergeant, Umoru Blessing, died on the spot, Corporal Idowu Ibidapo died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, where he was rushed to.
News of the police operatives’ death threw the X-Squad into mourning as their colleagues, including the Commander, Bode Fakeye, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who was said to have shuttled between LASUTH and Ikorodu morgues on Sunday, were visibly sad.
The team which was in a Nissan frontier van marked NPF409D had attempted to make a U-turn when the unmarked 911 lorry veered off its lane and rammed into them. Reliving her ordeal, the crash survivor, Ibitola Egbeola, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and leader of the team, said it happened in split seconds.
The policewoman, who was discharged from the hospital after she was certified unhurt, described her survival as a miracle. She said: “The whole incident happened within a twinkle of an eye. We were going to do a U-turn at Agbowa when we saw the lorry that veered off from its lane, facing us. There was no way our driver could manoeuvre, as there was a ditch to our right.
“The next thing I heard was a bang, followed by a black out. The next time I opened my eyes, I saw myself inside an ambulance, with Corporal Idowu, heading to the hospital. My survival can only be attributed to God.” According to the command’s spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), the driver of the unregistered lorry fled the scene as soon as the accident occurred.
Ten die in E Cape crash
7th March 2017 Yanga Funani
Ten people have lost their lives in a crash on the R63 between Bhisho and Komga in the Eastern Cape. A mini-bus taxi collided head-on with a truck. One person has been airlifted to hospital.
Two people died and 12 others were injured in a car crash in Kirinyaga County. The incident, which occurred on the Makutano-Embu road at Difathas market, involved a 14-seater matatu and a Toyota Probox.
The survivors were taken to Embu and Kerugoya hospitals for treatment. County police commander Joseph Nthenge said the man and the woman died on the spot. “Two people among them a woman succumbed to injuries instantly but the rest who escaped death were rescued by the police,” Mr Nthenge said.
The matatu was heading to Embu from Nairobi and all the seats were occupied. Witnesses said the public service vehicle veered off the road, rolling several times before landing in a ditch.
Residents and police officers had to use axes to cut through the vehicle’s body to free the trapped passengers. “They hacked away metals to rescue the trapped victims. Some had suffered multiple fractures,” Ms Mary Muthoni, a witness, said.
The wreckages were towed to Wang’uru police station. Mr Nthenge said investigations have been launched and cautioned drivers against speeding. “To avoid such fatal accidents, drivers plying local routes should adhere to traffic rules,” he advised. He warned that drivers found flouting traffic rules will be arrested and prosecuted.
Zanu-PF’s Mukupe in car accident
Zanu-PF legislator for Harare East Terrence Mukupe who was mentioned in the fuel scam involving four tankers that entered the country with 140 000 litres of diesel purportedly in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose contents were emptied in Chitungwiza and replaced with water, was involved in an odd car accident yesterday.
Mukupe was in Johannesburg South Africa in the last few days and he indicated on facebook that his car had a breakdown on his way back to Zimbabwe. Mukupe wrote, “The devil is a liar, I will only die when God says it’s time!!! Back to sender I’m alive!!!”
Fatal collision earlier on Sunday between a VW golf & an Intercape bus
5th March 2017
A Motor Vehicle Collision involving an Intercape Bus and a light motor vehicle, a red VW Golf, happened on the N2, just before the Villiersdorp turn-off.
Sadly the driver of the golf was declared dead on the scene. There is unconfirmed reports that three people, including the driver of the golf, has died in this accident.
The exact cause of the accident is not yet known. The South African Police Service was on the accident and will be investigating.
6 die in multiple car pile-up
5th March 2017
Bloemfontein – Six people have been killed in a crash involving several cars in the Free State early Sunday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said. The crash happened along the N8 between Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo.
Five vehicles were involved.
“Reports indicate that two vehicles initially collided head-on killing five people on the road. This set off a chain of events where three other vehicles got involved in crashes on the same scene. “The third vehicle… drove through the scene and collided with the debris,” the corporation said in a statement.
“The fourth vehicle slowed down to avoid the scene but the fifth vehicle could not stop and drove into the rear of the vehicle killing one person.”
SAPS investigates culpable homicide case after 7 people were killed in head-on collision
5th March 2017
Road closed on route N8 in the Free State
5th March 2017
Free State N8 Route Road Closed due to a Fatal Crash
Road closed between Botshabelo & Thaba Nchu
- A Toyota Probox that was heading to Kisii town hit a pothole before it swerved and hit an oncoming Subaru car.
- Kisii County Commander Agnes Mudambi said 10 people were to hospital for treatment.
At least four people, among them a pedestrian, have died following a crash involving two private cars in Jogoo, along Kisii-Nyamira road early Saturday. One passenger died on the spot while two others and a pedestrian died at the Christamarianne Mission Hospital while undergoing treatment.
No one was injured in the Subaru car during the dawn accident. Kisii County Commander Agnes Mudambi said 10 people were to hospital for treatment. Doctors at the hospital said many of the patients sustained chest and head pains.
A witness told the Nation.co.ke that a Probox car heading to Kisii town hit a pothole before it swerved and hit an oncoming Subaru car. The Toyota Probox was carrying 13 passengers and was in high speed, according to witnesses. Among the dead is a security officer who was on his way to work to relieve a night duty colleague.
Magistrate in fatal head-on collision
The newly transferred Guruve magistrate Mathew Mutiro was involved in a fatal head-on collision at the 46 kilometer peg along Mazowe-Centenary highway on Friday.
Eye witnesses allege a Concession council owned Isuzu was trying to overtake a scotch cart full of tobacco there by encroaching into another lane resulting in a head on collision.
“The Isuzu car tried to avoid the scotch cart there by encroaching into an oncoming traffic and there was a head – on collision,” said the source.
When Bulawayo24.com arrived on the scene the deceased was still trapped in Mutiro’s car and Mutiro who was behind the wheels had been carried to Mvurwi poly clinic and later transferred to Harare.
Speaking to Bulawayo24.com the magistrate complained of back and chest pains. “I am in pain my chest and back is giving me problems but the doctor has given me an injection and it is getting better,” he said.
Victims of Isuzu kb identified as Mazai and Mufandaedza cheated death as they came out with minor scratches. Meanwhile, Mvurwi traffic police attended the scene and sent the deceased to Mvurwi mortuary for safe keeping this morning.
The section does not have a car and private cars had to be used to attend the scene. Additionally, fire brigade Bindura reportedly responded late to the incident.
According to police road accidents are on the increase in Mashonaland Central province.
Efforts to contact Mashonaland Central police spokesperson inspector Milton Mundembe were fruitless as his mobile phone unavailable up to the time of this writing.
About 50 passengers that were heading to Kisoro town from Kampala were involved in an accident when the bus they were traveling in lost control and overturned at Mubwindi trading center in Muko Sub County in Rubanda District early on Thursday morning.
The Rubanda district police commander Mr Tai Ramathan said that the accident happened at about a half past midnight on Thursday. He added that the bus, Reg No UAV 119U belonging to Bismarkan Bus Company was heading to Kisoro from Kampala and none of its occupants died.
Ramathan added that one passenger sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital for medical attention together with those who had sustained minor injuries.
“The cause of the accident is reckless driving because the bus driver failed to negotiate the sharp corner. I appeal to the drivers on this Kabale-Rubanda-Kisoro road to always observe traffic rules and regulations, avoid over speeding and be aware of the night mist that usually covers the road especially in the valleys and corners. Putting on fog lights can also help the drivers that use this road during night hours,” Ramathan said.
Last week the Rubanda District vice chairman Mr Silver Baguma sustained serious injuries on the same Kisoro-Kabale road after he failed to negotiate a sharp corner as he rushed to attend the district council executive meeting.
Three people have died while several others have been injured in a road crash involving a matatu at Egesa along the Kisii-Marani road in Kisii County. The driver of the Premium shuttle operating along the Kisii-Kisumu highway lost control of the vehicle when it hit several potholes and consequently disengaging the brakes.
County Police Commander Agnes Mudambi said five other passengers were injured taken to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. Three people died and several others injured in a road accident at Egesa on the Kisii-Marani road in Kisii County.
The matatu, which was coming from Kisumu, was carrying eleven passengers and its driver when it crashed. One of the passengers, Mr Mogosi Getembe, said the driver lost control of the vehicle before landed in a ditch as he was trying to avoid hitting other vehicles. Mr Getembe blamed the many potholes on the road for the crash. “The driver was not even speeding. It is impossible to speed on that kind of road,” said Mr Getembe.
Mr James Mochama, a witness, said the matatu landed on its side as the driver tried to avoid colliding with oncoming vehicles. “These are not even potholes but (big) holes that stretch for several metres and are getting deeper each day. The road should be renovated immediately to avoid any other deaths,” said Mr Mochama.
Fiery Friday for Pinetown taxi driver
2017-03-03 Jenni Evans, News24
Durban – Friday got off to a fiery start for a Pinetown taxi driver when his taxi burst into flames and crashed into a building.
Rescue Care paramedic Garrith Jamieson said they received an emergency call at around 6:00 with a report that a taxi was on fire on Compton Road.
“The taxi somehow just caught alight,” said Jamieson. Everybody managed to get out unhurt and the taxi rolled away and crashed into a building where it carried on burning. Pinetown fire services extinguished the blaze.
An investigation would be held to determine what happened. It was not immediately clear how many passengers were inside because by the time emergency services arrived a huge crowd had gathered to watch the spectacle.
Elderly woman crashes car through Spur window
2nd March 2017 Cara-Lee Dorfling, Netwerk24
Port Elizabeth – An elderly woman who had apparently confused the accelerator and the brakes on her car, crashed through a window of the Spur restaurant in Jeffrey’s Bay on Wednesday.
“We heard a car rev and the next moment there was a helluva noise – and a car in the restaurant’s play area,” André Olivier, the owner of J Bay’s Tampa Bay Spur, told Netwerk24. The Nissan Sentra ended up halfway through the massive window.
The driver, who is in her 80s, got out of the car without any assistance. “The tannie was very shocked, but at least wasn’t hurt. “And fortunately there was no one in the play area, otherwise it could have been disastrous,” said Olivier.
The car is an automatic and Olivier thinks she might have mistaken the accelerator for the brake. Even though the parking lot next to the restaurant is fenced in, the car came in through the only gap, at the entrance.
“There is an opening which serves as entrance to the stoep and as things would have it, the car managed to get through,” said Olivier.
The costs of damage to the massive window, aircon, carpet and tiles still have to be determined, but Olivier says the fact that no one was injured is the most important.
Police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart confirmed the incident and said no charges are being investigated.
At least 9 killed in Walkerville crash
2nd March 2017
Johannesburg – At least nine people were killed in a minibus taxi crash on the R82 near Walkerville outside Johannesburg on Thursday morning, emergency services said.”Reports from the scene indicate that a taxi veered across the roadway and slammed into a concrete bus stop,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.”Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the taxi was ripped apart, accident debris and the injured commuters were spread over a large area.”
Road crashes kill 16 in 20-days in Ghana Eastern Region
1st March 2017
The Eastern Regional Fire Service Commander, ACFO Joshua Nguah, has expressed worry about the recent increase in vehicular accidents recorded in the Eastern Region, even before the end of the first quarter.
About 11 accidents have occurred in some parts of region in the month of February alone, with over 32 casualties and 16 deaths, including the death of the former Member of Parliament for the Akwatia Constituency.
In the early hours on Tuesday, February 28, three persons lost their lives with 9 others injured at Omenako, a town in the Suhum Municipality, when the vehicle they were travelling in ran into a parked articulated truck by the roadside.
Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional Fire Service Commander said “these recent accidents are a major worry for us. I am personally not happy at all about the happenings on our roads. The number of deaths we have recorded so far is very alarming and it’s high time we work assiduously to stop the carnage.” “Between February 9th to 28th alone, we have recorded more than 11 accidents in the region on the Kpong -Akosombo road, Nkawkaw0Kumasi road, Suhum-Nsawam road, and the suhum kibi Anyinam road where more than 32 casualties were recorded and over 16 on the spot deaths, those who may have lost their lives on admission at the various hospitals are not even included.”
Issue with road markings. ACFO Nguah blamed some of these accidents to the absence of white markings on the road, which he said makes it difficult for drivers at night, and the failure of heavy trucks to use triangle reflectors to caution other road users.
“What I have noticed is that, the markings on the main Kumasi highway is not visible enough, in some cases there are no markings at all and drivers plying the route face difficulties in staying in their designated lanes, others who drive with their highlights on also impair the sight of the opposite drivers making it difficult for them to see clearly.”
“Secondly, bigger trucks who faces challenges and suffer breakdowns in the course of their journey leave their trucks at the edge of the road without using reflective triangles to warn approaching vehicles. The recent accident which led to the death of the former member of parliament for Akwatia is as a result of somebody’s negligence; it could have easily been avoided if the truck which was parked at the roadside had triangular reflector warning sign displayed,” he said. Nguah thus called for a collaborative effort from the Police service, the National Road Safety, Ghana Highways Authority, and other stakeholders to reduce the carnage on the roads.
“Going forward, I believe one of the measures we can employ to avert the carnage on our roads is that we should collaborate with all the stakeholders. The Police needs to inform us the fire service; give details on broken down trucks parked on sides of the roads; we have machines we can use to tow these trucks from the roadside to safer places.
Stop senseless killings on roads – Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong
1st March 2017
- Traffic police should up their game
The Christian Council of Ghana has called for a halt to what it describe as the ‘senseless killings on the country’s highways.’
It said there had been countless number of carnage on the country’s major roads in recent times, most of which could have been avoided.
Accidents. Cataloguing a number of road accidents that had claimed lives on the country’s major roads, the General Secretary of the council, Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, called for effective measures to make the roads safe.
He mentioned one of the causes of the accidents as broken-down vehicles on the Kumasi-Accra, Accra-Cape Coast, Cape Coast-Takoradi, Techiman-Kintampo roads among other highways. For instance he claimed that as at last week, there were as many as 27 broken-down vehicles on the Kumasi-Nkawkaw road alone.
Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong said as a result of such recklessness, many lives had been lost on those roads. According to him, the recent death of the former Member of Parliament for Akwatia on the Kumasi-Accra road was a typical case of ‘senseless death.’
Blame. He laid the blame squarely on the doorsteps of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, urging it to enforce and tighten road regulations without fear or favour. “We are asking them to tighten their efforts so that such vehicles would be removed and the owners surcharged,” Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong proposed.
He further called on the MTTD to ensure that all broken-down vehicles were towed immediately to avoid further killings. Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong also advised drivers not to leave their broken-down vehicles in the middle of the roads.
He said the council was aware of the number of groups and individuals who had on many occasions also expressed concern about the carnage on the roads. “But we need to go beyond expressing concerns to finding solutions. It is the MTTD that is supposed to make sure our roads are safe. That is why we are calling on them to enforce the laws,” Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong added.
He said the MTTD could liaise with private towing companies to tow broken-down vehicles for a fee. Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong explained that the council’s concern was about the negligence and irresponsibility on the roads, which the MTTD needed to deal with decisively to save lives.
The protest is believed to be organised by the Coal Transportation Forum who have said in a statement that they organised the protest in response to government’s committment to renewable energy which the forum believes will lead to crippling job losses in the sector.
The incident happened around Kiptunga Forest Monday night.
The trucks belong to Comply Industries Limited – a wood products manufacturing company based in Nakuru.
The victims were identified as a local pastor and one of his worshippers.
Road accidents: Over 3,000 dead in 2016
28th February 2017
ALGIERS- A total of 3,306 people lost their lives and 25,705 others were injured in 14,452 road accidents nationwide in 2016, said the National Gendarmerie on Tuesday.
For the year 2015, the number of dead dropped by 13.02%, injured by 29.88% and road accidents by 29.2%, said Director of the constituted units of the Command of the National Gendarmerie, Colonel Mohamed Triki by presenting the toll of road accidents and road safety activities of the National Gendarmerie for 2016.
For Colonel Triki, this drop is due to the “strategy adopted by the Command of the National Gendarmerie to decrease by 30% the number of road accidents in addition to the measures taken in this regard and efforts deployed on the ground with the partners to ensure road safety.”
The same official said that about 40 accidents occurred everyday with a toll of 9 killed and 70 injured.
Human factor remains the first cause of these accidents (86%) followed by pedestrians with 5.78%, the condition of vehicles (4.72%) and the environment (0.89%).
Ghana: 6 feared dead on Kumasi–Suhum road
28th February 2017
About six people are feared dead in an accident that occured on the Kumasi-Suhum road Tuesday morning. The accident happened around 5am when the driver of a Hyndai Grace passenger vehicle rammed into a stationary truck that had been parked on the road resulting in the vehicle summersaulting.
An eye witness, Ruth, who spoke to Kasapa News stated that the unfortunate incident had created a gridlock on the busy road with no police presence at the time of filing the report.
‘Stop causing holdups’, Officer tells commercial drivers
Commercial drivers have been warned to stop obstructing traffic by picking and dropping off passengers on the road.
The Divisional Commander of the Ota division of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Adekunle Ajibade, has issued a warning to commercial drivers.
According to The Nation, the TRACE commander has advised drivers to stop causing holdups, especially at the Tollgate/Sango, Ogun State axis of the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, by picking and dropping off passengers.
Ajibade had a similar advice for traders and hawkers, whom he begged to ensure the free flow of traffic by staying off the roads.
“Obey traffic rules for your safety,” he added.
Accident victim files $80 000 lawsuit against Mzansi Express
A BULAWAYO bus accident victim has filed an $86 000 lawsuit against Mzansi Express, after he got injured in a horrific crash that occurred along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road in 2014.
Florence Moyo, who was one of the passengers, claims she sustained multiple injuries when the bus driver, Isaac Mathanti Ncube, lost control of the vehicle, which eventually overturned and injured her on February 25, 2014. The matter has been set to be heard on March 7 by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo.
In her summons, Moyo submitted that $6 000 was for special damages and $80 000 as general damages. “Plaintiff’s claim against the defendant is for payment of interest on the total figure of $86 000 at the prescribed rate of 5% per annum from the date of issue of summons,” reads the summons in part.
In her declaration of the claim, Moyo submitted that on February 25, 2014, Ncube lost control of the bus near Mazunga area, resulting in the accident. “The said accident was caused by the negligence of defendant (Ncube). In one more or all of the following respects, he travelled at a speed which was excessive, failed to stop or act reasonably, where the accident seemed imminent, failed to keep a proper look out in the circumstances, failed to keep the bus under proper control,” she submitted.
Moyo said the accident was due to negligence of the company through failure to service the bus so as to keep it roadworthy. She said she sustained injuries, which included loss of teeth, a double fracture on her right ankle, fractured ribs and damages to her spinal code. She said she is currently receiving physiotherapy and will continue to do so.
“As a result, the injury sustained by Florence Moyo, suffered damages in the amount of $86 000, which is calculated as follows, estimated future expenses $4 000, special damages consisting of cost or damaged items being lost cash in the sum of 12 150 rands, spectacles $300, cellphone $500, bus ticket $22, general damages as a result of pain and suffering, loss of amenities of life and permanent disfigurement $80 000,” reads the declaration of the claim.
Woman the sole survivor of horror crash that kills 10 near Middelburg
2017-02-26 Jenna Etheridge, News24
Cape Town – A woman in the front seat of a minibus-taxi was the sole survivor of a head-on collision with a truck outside of Middelburg, ER24 paramedics said on Sunday.The crash around 21:00 on Saturday killed 10 people in the taxi, said spokesperson Werner Vermaak. When medics arrived on Old Middelburg Road in Mpumalanga, they found the 22-year-old woman had been seriously injured.They extricated her from the vehicle and rushed her to a nearby hospital. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital, said Vermaak.
Road accidents: 11 killed, 18 injured in two days
26th February 2017
ALGIERS- Eleven people were killed and 18 others injured in 12 traffic accidents, which occurred in the last 48 hours, across the national territory, said Civil Protection in a statement on Saturday.
Chlef had the heaviest toll one person dead and 9 others injured.
In addition, three people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from home bath heater in Ain Turk, Oran province.
On the other hand, emergency care was given to 4 people bothered by carbon dioxide leak in Setif.
In addition, the units of Civil Protection intervened to extinguish 5 urban and industrial fires in the cities of Algiers, El Oued, Adrar, Tipaza, and Blida, where relief was given to 2 people who were affected by smoke.
ALGIERS– National Centre for Prevention and Road Safety announced Thursday that 1900 road traffic accidents, killing 244 people and injuring 2 605 others, have been recorded last January.
Compared with January 2016, there is a fall in the number of accidents by 27.16% and injured by 29.67%, the Centre said.
The center disclosed that more than 8,800 holder of driving licence delivered less than two years ago was behind 30.69 road accidents in 2016.
A total of 43.29% of the killed and 48.02% of the injured in the raod accident in 2016 are aged between 20 and 39 years old.
Human factor remains the main cause of those accidents with 96% of them were the result of speeding and violation of road signs.
Road Traffic Accidents Could Be Another Epidemic In Sierra Leone
26th February 2017
Road traffic accidents are a major, but neglected national health problem that is requiring concerned efforts for effective and sustainable prevention.
After the ten year senseless war, and almost two years of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is once again facing carnage of traffic accidents that the nation does not seem to pay attention to. 2016 however, could be recorded as a year of tremendous lives lost due to road traffic accidents across the country. How much did the police Department review and intervene in determining the causes of rigorous road accidents raises my 50 Million Leones question.
Using a quantitative survey with my clients mainly from the United States and United Kingdom, road traffic accidents is the number one causes of unnatural deaths today in Sierra Leone. I discovered that the main causes of accidents in Sierra Leone are due to several reasons that undermining the safety of people on road transports. On the basis of the investigation I made, I examined the social processes and dimensions embodied in road transport regulations on the broad spectrum of circumstances in which road accidents frequently occur.
Viewing the issues in the urban cities, and Freetown in particular, many drivers, approximately 20 to 35 %, own their vehicles, therefore their driving tends are more cautious since they have a single vehicle on which their livelihood and personality depends, hence they have to be careful with it. On the other hand, the majority of drivers on public transport fail to adhere to the driving standards of taking extreme caution, instead, rushing every time to reach to a destination. Consequently hundreds of fatal accidents have occurred and many people have been left with physical and psycho-social disabilities.
Respondents to my interview believe that authority pays little attention to the fact that there is no possibility to ensure road traffic safety conformity of roads to the country’s safety requirements. Despite the fact that the rules and regulations for road traffic safety are on the book, yet most of those rules have never been implemented and enforced by the law informant authorities.
According to findings, high incidence of road accidents has been recorded in the last several years due to various factors. The most serious one is drink driving that police do not seem to pay attention. Authority fails to understand and examine the influence of alcohol on drivers.
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Students narrowly escaped death when the vehicle they were travelling in got involved in a crash on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. The 23 students from Murindu Secondary School in Nakuru were heading back home from Naivasha where they had participated in sports festivals when their van was hit from behind by a lorry.
Gilgil OCPD Sarah Koki confirmed the accident and said two students suffered serious fractures. She said others were rushed to St Mary’s Hospital where they were treated and discharged.
Medics at the hospital told Nation there were no fatalities and those admitted are out of danger. At the same time, Ms Koki said that a mother and her child were hit and killed by a lorry at Kikopey. Ms Koki said the the driver lost control veering of the Gilgil-Nakuru highway. The baby was eight months old. “The woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was hit and killed,” she said.
The OCPD added that the driver recorded a statement, indicating that he swerved off the road to avoid colliding with oncoming vehicles. She said police have started investigations.
7 killed in multi-vehicle Blood River crash
2017-02-25 Jenni Evans, News24
Durban – Two teenagers were among the seven people killed in a multi-vehicle pile-up between Dundee and Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday morning, KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said.The accident happened when an SUV, a sedan and a truck collided just after 07:00 on the R34 near Blood River, said EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie. At least one person was seriously injured in the crash. The cause was not immediately known.Further afield, two men were killed and five others injured in a head-on collision on the N12 approximately 18km outside Potchefstroom on Friday night. ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said a driver and a passenger were already dead by the time paramedics arrived, but the five other people were treated on the scene and rushed to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital.
Namibia: Speeding can cost you your car
News – National | 2017-02-24 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
CARS will be seized and drivers arrested over speeding if the transport ministry gets its way.
Both Namibian police traffic unit head Ralph Ludwig and City Police senior superintendent Adam Eiseb yesterday confirmed talks with the transport ministry over the reintroduction of a regulation under which drivers caught speeding excessively could be arrested and jailed without the possibility of paying an admission of guilt fine.
“Nothing is official yet. This is still all in process,” Eiseb told The Namibian. The ministry’s intention is to have drivers caught speeding over 151km/h in 120km/h zones arrested immediately, and their vehicles seized. Official submissions by the ministry to the Office of the Judiciary state that the car will eventually be forfeited to the state. According to Ludwig, the driver will be able to get his vehicle back after paying bail, but if caught a second or third time, then the state would take ownership of the vehicle until a court decides otherwise.The proposed stricter traffic regulation is a direct consequence of the increase in traffic offences which have led to an increase in road injuries and deaths, as well as the destruction of property, due to speeding and inconsiderate driving. Ludwig and Eiseb feel the new regulation was one way of deterring road users from speeding. Eiseb added that the provision would also be applicable to those found speeding over 120km/h in urban areas, where the limit is 60km per hour.
“This is better than to pick up lifeless bodies from accidents,” he added.The deputy director of transport legislation in the transport ministry, Chris Fikunawa, declined to comment on the matter, as it was based on leaked correspondence from a government department. “The ministry will unfortunately not comment on the content of the letter at this stage as the content contains a matter which is still under discussion. The public will be duly informed when all formalities and legal issues surrounding the matter are clarified,” Fikunawa stated.The intervention would give effect to sections 81 and 107 of the Road Traffic and Transport Act, which makes reckless, inconsiderate driving or speeding an offence which can lead to the seizure and eventual forfeiture of a vehicle.Politicians travelling in official vehicles will, however, still be exonerated from compliance with speed limits. (Fortunately they will have to comply with the laws of Physics in the event of a crash – Ed).
Kenya: Four people killed in Naivasha road accident
By Antony Gitonga Thursday, February 23rd 2017
A police signboard cautioning motorist at a blackspot. PHOTO: FILE
Four people died and one person was seriously injured following a grisly road accident involving two trucks along the NairobiNakuru highway.
During the incident near Marula farm which is 10kms from Naivasha town another passenger escaped unscathed as transport along the busy road was paralysed. One of the three men died on the spot during the Wednesday evening incident while the other three succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.
The accident occurred after a trailer heading to Nakuru from Nairobi rammed into an incoming trailer killing the driver on the spot. A witness Rose Njeri said that the overtaking trailer was to blame adding that the driver was in high speed and driving carelessly. “The trailer was overtaking a fleet of vehicles when it ended up hitting the other truck with one person dying on the spot,” she said.
Speaking on phone, the superintendent in charge of Naivasha subcounty hospital Dr Joseph Mburu said that they received three patients who were seriously injured. He added that the trio died as plans were underway to transfer them to Kijabe mission hospital for specialised treatment. “The three were suffering from head injuries while two had fractures but unfortunately we lost them while undergoing treatment,” he said.
A senior police officer who declined to be named confirmed the incident adding that the bodies were lying at the Naivasha mortuary. “The accident was caused by careless driving and overtaking in which four people including the two drivers have died,” said the officer.
At the scene, personal effects soaked in blood were littered all over as traffic police moved in to manage the traffic snarlup.
City of Windhoek bus routes to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists
23 Feb 2017 The City of Windhoek (CoW) reintroduced the suspended bus route system that will soon accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The 14 bus routes were announced and then suspended last year November due to operational challenges such as passengers reaching their destinations late. The route saw busses halt at too many stops in the western suburbs of Windhoek, which delayed passengers.
The matter was however resolved and the City has also addressed other issues including not enough space at terminals for buses to park. The bus routes will provide frequent services to residents of almost all western suburbs to and from the city centre, and to other areas including Klein Windhoek, Auasblick and Rocky Crest.
During a bus test drive with the media on Wednesday, CoW Manager of Public Transport, Clarence Rupingena said the City will build infrastructure in a secure environment on the 14 bus routes for pedestrians and cyclists. They will not have to worry about being run over because bus stops, cycle lanes and zebra crossing setups will be built to allow them to make better use of the road.
He said the CoW is in the final stage of installing tracking systems in 30 buses, which will aim to determine how long a bus ride would take from one bus stop to another in real time. The system will also help ease the flow of traffic in Windhoek.
Speaking during the bus ride, Minister of Works and Transport, Alfeus !Naruseb, said the implementation of the system is a great start, and he foresees improvements in Windhoeks public transport. Attempts have been going consistently with regard to the Move Windhoek concept, he said.
The concept is a joint project by the CoW, Ministry of Works and Transport, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which strive for an affordable, accessible, attractive and efficient public and non-motorised transport system. The plan was approved by Cabinet in 2014.
Ghana: NPP confirms demise of former Akwatia MP
23rd Feb 2017
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch at Akwatia in the Eastern Region has confirmed the death of the former Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Dr Kofi Asare.
The NPP says Dr. Asare died in an accident between Abetifi and Agogo road Tuesday evening. The Akwatia NPP Constituency Secretary, Eugene Acheampong who confirmed the sad news to Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa explained that they were expecting President Akufo-Addo to give late Dr. Asare appointment in his government.
Mr. Acheampong explained that Dr. Asare drove his vehicle into an abandoned articulated truck in the curve on the Abetifi-Agogo trunk road Tuesday. He said the body is currently at the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital. Dr. Asare was working with Presbyterian University Collage, Agogo Campus.
He hailed from Akyem Wenkyi and left behind 6 children. He was 63.
[GERMISTON] – Multiple vehicle collision leaves six injured
22nd Feb 2017
Six people have been left injured this morning after a multiple vehicle collision on the N12 west-bound near the Kraft Road turn-off in Germiston. ER24 paramedics, along with another service, arrived on the scene to find the right two lanes of the highway completely blocked by several vehicles. Upon closer inspection, paramedics found that two large trucks and four light motor vehicles had been involved in the collision.
Paramedics found six patients walking among the vehicles. The six patients were assessed and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene. The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment.
FRSC records noticeable decrease in crashes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
22nd Feb 2017
The FRSC gave motorists, especially commercial vehicles and fleet operators, up to Feb. 1 to comply with the directive.
Barely three weeks into the enforcement of the speed limit device, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has recorded a noticeable decrease in crash rates on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The FRSC Sagamu Unit Commander, Malam Mohammed Abdullahi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sagamu, Ogun, on Tuesday. The FRSC gave motorists, especially commercial vehicles and fleet operators, up to Feb. 1 to comply with the directive.
Abdullahi told NAN that since the enforcement began, the expressway ‘notorious’ for its high traffic volume and fatalities had recorded a significant reduction in crashes. He noted that majority of the crashes hitherto recorded, especially on the completed and smooth portions of the road were speed-related.
The Assistant Corps Commandant attributed the sharp decline in crash rates to the compliance of commercial vehicles to the installation of the “speed limit” devices. Abdullahi said that if maintained, then the FRSC would be able to attain its 2017 “Corporate Strategic Goals” of reducing traffic crashes and fatalities along the corridor by 15 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.
“It is a well known fact that the human factor in relation to speeding, accounted for 50 per cent of road crashes in the country. “Crashes involving commercial vehicles and trucks had always been prevalent but now we are seeing a decline as motorists begin to comply on the speed limiter policy. “Since the enforcement began on our roads on Feb.1, we have seen enthusiasm on the side of the drivers to adjust accordingly with the speed limiter policy.
“I will like to commend Nigerians for their capacity to adhere to regulations when postulated. “It’s a scheme that everyone should embrace because of the other benefits of having the speed limiter installed. “It is one of the best decisions embarked upon by the FRSC to ensure safer roads in the nation by reducing crashes to the barest minimum,” he said.
Abdullahi said that efforts were on ground to expand the speed limiter policy to capture private vehicles in view of the advantages of the device. He tasked private vehicle owners to be proactive and get the device installed for their own safety and for the benefit of their vehicles. “It is advisable that everyone obtains the speed limit devices. It is just an attempt to take away the human control of speed and transfer to the machine.
“ Abdullahi said the FRSC was determined in achieving drastic reduction in road crashes in the country to meet with the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’ for road safety running through 2011-2020.
Comment: These results are encouraging, however 3 weeks is insufficient time to draw any robust statistical conclusions. It should also be noted that obeying a speed limit does not guarantee personal safety. Lower speeds do result in less severe crashes but drivers should also adopt a speed suitable for the conditions (e.g. wet roads). This often means driving at speeds lower than the posted limit. Speed limiters have their own limitations – Ed.
Three die in a grisly road accident on Meru – Nanyuki road
Ingwebu breweries truck accident
21st Feb 2017
TSHOLOTSHO bound Ingwebu breweries truck overturned outside depot in Bulawayo.
Ekiti State Governor reacts to proposed nationwide ban on okadas
Governor Ayodele Fayose has weighed in on the proposed nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okadas, by the Federal Government. In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on February 19, 2017, he said the ban would only worsen things, Punch reports.
Fayose also assured the riders of his support, adding that the ban would not affect them.
In his words, “In Ekiti State, we won’t ban okada because it is a source of livelihood for a lot of families. Why would anyone even contemplate such when government did not create alternative jobs?
With this economic recession that is biting so hard, it is heartless of the Federal Government to even think of sending okada riders out of business, instead of putting machinery in motion towards checking their excesses.
The hunger in the land is killing and most of these okada riders are graduates who have taken to commercial motorcycling to survive because of unemployment. Many of them are even those who lost their jobs within the 21-month existence of this All Progressives Congress led-Federal Government and government workers, whose salaries are not being paid regularly. How does the Federal Government expect them to feed if their means of livelihood is taken away?
If commercial motorcycling is a major cause of fatal road accidents across the country as posited by the Federal Government, should proposing a ban be an option? Should we also say motor vehicles, especially heavy-duty vehicles, should be banned from plying our roads because they also cause accidents?”
Fayose is not the first person to react negatively to the ban. Just like the governor, commercial motorcyclists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are also against the ban as it would take away their means of livelihood, The Guardian reports.
One okada rider, Abdullahi Dogo, said: “Government should remember that the rate of unemployment is high and banning commercial motorcycles means millions will join the league of the unemployed.” Another rider, Yakubu Usman, said the same things. “I don’t know how government expects us to feed if they take away our means of livelihood. “Many people in this business are unemployed and government workers who don’t get paid regularly. “This job is the only means through which they provide for their families after work and it is no use taking away their only source of income,’’ he told NAN.
Check out Governor Wike’s solution to traffic, accidents
21st February 2017
The governor of Rivers state may have succeeded in finding the perfect solution to traffic and accidents. Governor Wike’s solution is a new agency that will prevent traffic and accidents in Rivers state
According to The Guardian, the Rivers state governor has inaugurated a new road maintenance agency in order to have better streets.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at the Government House, Port Harcourt, he announced that the main function of the agency would be to remove potholes from roads.
While stating the reason for the demise of the previous agency, he warned the new agency that it would suffer the same fate if it did not deliver.
Governor Wike also advised against financial misconduct. The chairman of the new agency, Mr Sam Agwor, responded by promising to do a good job.
One dead as vehicle plunges into Lagos river
20th February 2017
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday confirmed one woman dead as a vehicle plunged into Mekwe river near Bonny camp, Lagos, on Saturday night.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman of the agency, told newsmen in Lagos that the KIA Ultima SE model was with registration number MUS 38 BL and was carrying two persons when the incident occurred. According to Farinloye, the vehicle was recovered by the agency with the dead woman while her driver escaped unhurt on his own.
He said the river spot at which the incident occurred was the most turbulent in the whole of West Africa. “A car with 2 passengers plunged into Melee river near Bonny camp in Lagos Island on Saturday evening. “The vehicle was later recovered with dead woman by the agency while her driver escaped unhurt on his own.
‘Lady‚ your car is burning’: another Ford bursts into flames
Wendy Knowler | 20 February, 2017
Those words from a passing motorist gave Nomsa Dondashe enough time to get out of her Ford SUV before it was engulfed in flames on the N2 near East London at the weekend.
Somila Dondashe did not say it was a Kuga when she posted photographs of the burning vehicle on Twitter with the advice: “If you have a Ford‚ please return it‚ even when they insist nothing is wrong with the car. My mother’s car just burnt to pieces”. But many assumed it was a Kuga.
In was in fact a 2013 Ford EcoSport 1.5 litre‚ owned by her mother Nomsa‚ of Beacon Bay in East London.
Dondashe said she’d been complaining to a Ford dealership in East London about a “weird noise” in the engine for some time. The noise intensified where she was driving to Umtata to attend a funeral with a friend on Saturday. On reporting this to the dealership‚ she was told that the only thing she could do was contact a breakdown service.
Student shoots himself dead after surviving road accident
By CYRUS OMBATI Sunday, February 19th 2017
Brian Kagwe A university student shot himself dead moments after surviving a grisly road accident in Nairobi’s Loresho. Police say the deceased — Brian Kagwe — shot himself in the chest twice using his father’s gun.
His mother Ms Nyambura Kagwe, said her son came home visibly disturbed having been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier with friends. She said, Kagwe, a student at the United States International University in Nairobi had been partying in the city with his friends when they decided to drive home on Friday night. According to police, on reaching Slip Road, Kagwe’s car was involved in an accident that left one of his friends seriously injured. The other occupants had minor injuries.
Kagwe, 22, drove home at 2am restless and disturbed. On reaching home along Kabarage Drive, he woke up his mother and explained to her what had happened. He told his mother that because the friend had been injured he saw no reason to live. “The mother says the boy was upset and unsettled.
He went to his father’s bedroom and got his gun which he used to kill himself,” said Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome. The mother was apparently in the living room when she heard gunshots and on checking what had happened, found the boy bleeding. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Koome said they are however investigating the incident to establish if there was any other party involved in the shooting given Kagwe had wounds in the chest.
In Mali the chief of army staff has banned the use of motorcycles for moving between villages in the Segou region.
The ban – that seems centred on areas where the Islamist Macina Liberation Front is active – comes into effect at midnight on Sunday and specifically states that motorised two-wheelers are linked to terrorism.
It’s an extraordinary decision for Mali where motorbikes are the number one form of transport. The decision comes in the wake of a clampdown in central Mali on ethnic Fulanis – who some Malian believe are linked to the Macina militants.
Human rights groups have criticised a Malian military operation which led to dozens of arrests and a number of deaths in the past week.
Truck collides with train
by Simbarashe Sithole 19th February 2017
A South Africa registered truck travelling towards Harare along Chirungu-Harare highway collided with a train in Mapinga at a railway-crossing on Saturday.
No serious injuries have been recorded so far. The train has blocked the traffic and motorists are forced to go through the bush
The truck driver is reported to have been ignoring railway’s from Chirundu border post.
Road accidents: 5 killed, 18 injured in 48 hours
Saturday, 18 February 2017
ALGIERS- Five people were killed and 18 others were injured in seven road accidents nationwide over the past 48 hours, said Saturday the Civil Protection in a statement.
The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Bouira where a man died and three others were injured in the commune of Maala.
Over the past two days, units of the Civil Protection extinguished seven urban and industrial fires in the provinces of Guelma, Adrar (where a man was seriously burnt), Tindouf, Mostaganem, Bouira, and Boumerdes, while in Constantine a man died in a house fire.
Ghana: At least 20 people injured in multiple car crash at Okponglo
PETER SMITH 18/02/2017 General News
Several persons were injured when a trailer with failed brakes run into seven vehicles at the Legon Okponglo traffic light junction in Accra.
According to an account by Police personnel from the Airport Police station, the Friday accident involved four commercial vehicles, two private cars and a taxi cab.
Photo credit: Starrfmonline
Sergeant Owusu indicated more than twenty people with varying degrees of injuries were affected in the multiple vehicular crash, adding that they had been taken to nearby hospitals including 37 Military Hospital.
The accident resulted in a heavy traffic congestion on the Okponglo Tetteh Quarshie stretch of the Madina-Accra road. Fire Service personnel came to the scene of the accident to aid the Police in clearing the road and towing the cars away. The exercise lasted for over four hours.
Tanzania: Traffic Accidents – Govt Pressured To Act Tough
FEBRUARY 18, 2017
By Abdallah Msuya
More than 1.2 million people die every year with 50 million others injured or disabled owing to road traffic crashes, says a World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Road Safety Status report of 2015. The report points out that road traffic accidents are number one cause of death among the younger generation; mostly affecting people aged 15-29. Low and middle-income countries have the highest burden and road traffic deaths.
Thus, about 90 per cent of road traffic deaths happen in low-income and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles. According to the report, road traffic accidents pose a big threat to economic growth and human development. For low and middle income countries, the loss is more than the total amount of development assistance they receive.
At family level, beyond the enormous suffering they cause, road traffic crashes can drive a family into poverty. “Road traffic injuries also place a huge strain on national health system, many of which suffer from woeful inadequate levels of resources,” says WHO National Professional Officer for the Road Safety Programme, Mary Kessi.
“Crash survivors and their families often struggle to cope with long-term consequences of the event, including the cost of medical care, rehabilitation and sometimes loss of the family breadwinner,” says Ms Kessi. “Road traffic accidents put considerable financial stress on affected families, who often must absorb medical and rehabilitation costs, funeral costs and such other costs in addition to extensive emotional strain,” she adds.
The chance of dying in a road traffic crash depends on where one lives. The WHO report indicates that the rate of road traffic fatalities in Africa is 26.6 percent per 100,000 population, while it is 9.3 percent in Europe. Worryingly, Tanzania ranks poorly in road safety.
Thus, the rate of road traffic fatalities in the country stands at an alarming 32.9 percent per 100,000 population. The Traffic Police statistics show that road accidents in Mainland Tanzania claimed 3, 256 lives of which 2,580 of the deceased were men and 676 women and left 8,958 injured in 2016.
Concerned by negative repercussions caused by road carnage, an alliance of non-government organisations (NGOs) on road safety have come forward, calling for tough laws to help reduce road traffic fatalities. The alliance, formed by 11 NGOs, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities and is appealing to government to amendment the Road Traffic Act of 1973.
The alliance argues that the government must adopt and enforce tough laws in order to change road user behaviour on key risk factors for road traffic injuries; speed, drink-driving, and the failure to use helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. “About 76 per cent of road crashes are a result of human faults such as reckless driving, over speeding and drunkard driving. These faults can be prevented if there will be a tough laws,” Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) Road Safety Project Coordinator, Ms Gladness Munuo says.
Ms Mary Richard from Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) says the existing legislation is outdated and ineffective in the current situation. She says the current national drink-driving law has set a limit of 0.08g/dl BAC for all kind of drivers, contrary to international requirement of no more than 0.05g/dl for the general population and 0.02g/dl for young or novice drivers.
“Laws that set limits on BAC of 0.05g/dl or lower together with effective enforcement can lead to significant reductions in alcohol related crashes,” argues Ms Mary and she calls for tough penalties for drivers exceeding BAC limits to deter people from breaking the law. Many fatal road crashes are a result of over-speeding. According to a WHO study a 5% cut in average speed can reduce the number of fatal crashes by as much as 30%. “Urban speed limits should be 50 km/h or less, with the ability to reduce this to 30 km/h or less where there are high concentrations of pedestrians, such as around schools, markets or residential areas,” suggests the TAWLA official, quoting the WHO Global Road Safety Status report.
Road safety experts say wearing a seat-belt can reduce the risk of fatality among drivers and frontseat passengers by 45-50% and the risk of minor and serious injuries by 20% and 45% respectively. Ms Richard highlights the weakness of the existing road traffic Act, saying it imposes seat-belt requirement only for the driver and front seat passenger, whilst sidelining those at back seats.
The Alliance further proposes amendments to Road Traffic Act so that it addresses the issue of child restraints and use of motorcycle helmets in line with international road safety standards. “Neither current main legislation nor regulations for the RTA addresses the issue of child restrains in the motor vehicles,” notes Ms Richard, revealing that the current legislation does not require a motorcycle passenger to wear helmets.
“While the laws made requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, it is silent on passengers and does not establish the type and quality of helmets. We want all these to be addressed in the main legislation.
” The alliance recently presented their outcry before the parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security, Constitution and Legal Affairs and Infrastructure committees. “As road safety stakeholders we think it is crucial the (Road Traffic) legislation is amended, and so there must be a political will.
That is why we called a dialogue between the lawmakers and different road safety stakeholders to see how we can quickly and efficiently change the legislation,” says Ms Munuo. The MPs shared concerns brought forward by the alliance and supported the move by forming a union of legislators that would push the government to make the much-needed amendments to the road traffic law.
[PIETERMARITZBURG] – Taxi and car collide injuring 14.
14 people have been injured this morning when a taxi and light motor vehicle collided on the Old Edendale Road in Pietermaritzburg.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find that the light motor vehicle had come to a stop on the side of the road while the taxi was found in the middle of the road. Several occupants from the taxi were found walking around on the scene.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that 14 had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene.
Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Northdale and Edendale Hospital for further treatment.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
Accident victims turned away from private hospital in Kajiado
Three people have died after a 45-seater minibus collided head-on with a pickup truck on the Tawa-Mbumbuni Road in Makueni County. The bus was heading towards Mbumbuni while the truck was heading to Tawa.
Mbooni East OCPD Peter Njeru confirmed the three deaths. He said police were still investigating the accident. Witnesses, however, claimed that five passengers were killed in the accident.
“The matatu was attempting to overtake a second matatu when it collided with the pickup,” an eyewitness, Stephen Kimanthi, told the Nation by phone. The injured were rushed to Tawa Hospital.
Zimbabwe: Minister in bizarre police spikes denial
Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has made a bizarre denial that traffic police officers do not throw spikes under vehicles. Police officers routinely throw spikes at commuter omnibuses to deflate tyres and causing accidents in some instances.
However, deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni told parliament that no police officers uses the spikes despite police officers being armed with the spikes at any roadblock. He was responding to MDC MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who had asked saying “I direct my new question to the Minister of Home Affairs.
” I would like him to clarify to us on the issue of police officers who move around carrying piercing metal objects which are called ‘spikes’, in English that they throw under vehicles. ” We realise that this has become a problem so many times. I would like the Minister to clarify to the House which law or policy the police use to throw these objects? I thank you”.
In response, Mguni said “I wish to state that police officers do not throw spikes under any car that is moving around because I heard the Hon. Member saying that they throw spikes under vehicles. No, they do not throw under any car” he said as quoted by the Parliamentary Hansard.
“The police officers have many and varied ways, using their Act, which they use in order to stop criminals. For example, a gunshot can be fired in the air – just one bullet. It can also happen that in the Act it was specified that a warning shot can be fired in the air in order to stop a criminal. “That is an operation that is done in order to stop criminal activities that happen in this country”.
Spike strips, also known as stingers, are used by police forces worldwide to immobilise vehicles by puncturing tyres. The stinger is composed of a collection of metal barbs or spikes pointing upward. Some police forces use hollow barbs which becoming embedded in the tyres and allow air to escape steadily in a bid to avoid a sudden flattening of tyres which can increase the risk of drivers crashing.
Three Kenyan musicians killed in road accident
By James Omoro 16th Feb 2017
Residents of Homa Bay town view a trailer that was towed by police at Homa Bay Police Station after being involved in a crash that killed three musicians in the county.
PHOTO: JAMES OMORO/STANDARD Three musicians have perished in a grisly road accident in Homa Bay County.
The three who were identified as Charles Onunga, Erick Omwanda and Vitalis Ochieng’ died when their motorbike hit a trailer that was transporting sugarcane from Kisumu. The incident occurred at Nyakinyi Trading Center along Homa Bay – Kendu Bay road.
Eyewitnesses said the motorbike rider tried to avoid a cow that was ahead of them before losing control. Ochieng’ and Omwanda died on the spot while Onunga died while undergoing treatment.
The musicians who were in their early thirties were on their way from Oyugis Town where they had gone to record their songs. Homa Bay county Police Commander John Omusanga said the truck driver was arrested and detained at Homa Bay Police Station. The driver will be arraigned in court after completion of investigations.
The police boss urged road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations. “It is unfortunate that the rider was just evading a cow but ended up hitting the trailer. Let all road users be careful while on the roads to avoid these kind of deaths,” said Omusanga.
Namibia: Coping a year after Oshivelo horror crash
News – National | 2017-02-15 by Nomhle KangootuiGONE BUT NOT FORGOTEN … Relatives of Toini Ndapanda Wilhelm (31), one of the 15 people who died in the horrific minibus-truck head-on collision last year.
Fidelis Dhimbulukweni Mbalabala (20) was the only one who survived the accident while Junias Kiingali, the truck driver involved in the crash, was released on a warning.
ZA: Most car owners’ vehicles are paid-up
15th Feb 2017
Uganda: About 72 motorcycles have been stolen and 35 riders killed in the last five years.
14th Feb 2017
Ibanda. Operating a boda-boda business in Ibanda District has become very risky as theft and mortality rate of the cyclists soar according to police records. About 72 motorcycles have been stolen and 35 riders killed in the last five years. Other riders have reportedly been strangled and left unconscious.
Speaking at meeting of boda-boda riders last Friday, organised by the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Eliasto Akatuheebwa, the cyclists requested the district security team to find a solution to the increasing crime cases.
“Four people have lost their lives since January. The suspects connive with some riders at the stages to terrorise us,” Mr Ronald Mugisha, the chairman of boda-boda operators in the district said. According to Mugisha, the riders have so far lost Shs324 million in theft as the current purchasing price of a motorcycle ranges between Shs4.5m and Shs4.8m.
Mr Deo Ishungisha, the district traffic officer, confirmed the incidents but also blamed the cyclists for posing security threats as they ride motorcycles with folded number plates.
“In 2012, boda-boda riders in the district were 18,000 but the figure has grown to 30,000 which calls for more stringent security measures,” Mr Ishungisha said. However, the district police commander, Mr Denis Ochama, said: “Some boda boda riders refuse to give us information concerning bad riders and those who connive with the thieves at the stages.”
Mr Ochama revealed that most murder suspects are not boda-boda owners but those who hire the bikes or sometimes given to run the business. In a bid to address the issue, Mr Akatuheebwa directed police to register all cyclists in the district and also carry out an operation in all garages. The riders also asked for a special desk at every police station to handle their issues effectively having sited mismanagement of cases by some officers.
ZA: Children injured after vehicle crashes into traffic light
2017-02-14 Amanda Khoza, News24
Durban – More than a dozen schoolchildren were injured in northern KwaZulu-Natal when the light delivery vehicle they were travelling in to school lost control and crashed into a traffic light on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said the accident happened in Sundumbili, in Mandeni.Herbst said about 17 to 18 patients were treated by paramedics. One patient was still trapped in the wreckage and personnel from Rural Metro Fire, a private fire department, were attempting to free them.Many of the children suffered multiple injuries.
About 20 schoolchildren were injured when a vehicle crashed into a set of traffic lights in Sundumbili, north of KZN. (Supplied: IPSS Medical Rescue)
Cartoon in ‘Namibian’ 14th February 2017
Kenya police arrest US diplomat for fleeing accident scene
From Associated Press February 13, 2017
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official and a witness say a U.S. diplomat has been arrested for allegedly fleeing a scene of an accident after allegedly brandishing his gun at the other driver in the accident.
Robinson Thuku, police chief in Nairobi’s central business district, said the diplomat was involved in an accident which he fled before police apprehended him and disarmed him. Thuku said police are investigating the circumstances that led him to draw his gun “but the traffic offence is obvious.” He said the diplomat was released on bail.
An Associated Press photographer at the scene said police fired three times in the air when they stopped the diplomat. The public affairs office for the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi confirmed the arrest but denied that the diplomat brandished a weapon.
Ghana: 8 confirmed dead 11 injured at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta
13 February 2017 Source: Graphic.com.gh
Eight people lost their lives in an accident that occurred at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region on Saturday afternoon.
Eight people lost their lives in an accident that occurred at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region on Saturday afternoon. The accident involved two passenger vehicles which collided whilst one of them was overtaking another vehicle.
A number of injured persons were in critical condition at the Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital at the time of filing this report. A police officer, DSP Peter Osei told Graphic Online that they counted eight bodies at the scene of the accident.
One of the buses, which was carrying mourners was heading towards Tarkwa after they had attended a funeral at Takoradi.
The vehicle was said to have rammed into another mini bus fully loaded with passengers and parked by the road whilst it attempted to overtake another vehicle. According to the police it summersaulted a number of times.
Moyale MP involved in grisly road accident
Photo: Toyota Prado registration number KCJ 986 A belonging to Moyale MP Roba Duba.
Moyale Member of Parliament Roba Duba was Sunday evening involved in a road accident on Kiganjo-Marua road near Kirichu market in Nyeri county. Confirming the incident, Nyeri traffic base in a statement sent to newsroom said the accident involved Toyota Prado belonging to the MP and motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider sustained serious injuries while two pillion passengers he was carrying died at the scene of the accident. The bodies were taken to PGH mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The rider was taken to Tumutumu hospital for urgent treatment. No one was injured in the vehicle, but it was badly damaged.
Five dead in horror KZN accident
2017-02-12 News24 Correspondent
70% of Bulawayo roads dilapidated
SEVENTY percent of Bulawayo’s road network is dilapidated, with 50 percent of the roads requiring immediate rehabilitation, an official has revealed.
The latest statistics come at a time when, last month- the Government declared Harare roads a state of disaster, moving in to assist the city to rehabilitate the roads some of which were said to be contributing to major accidents.
In the latest development, council senior public relations officer Mrs Nesisa Mpofu revealed that of the city’s total road network, of about, 2 100 kilometres, 70 percent was in a poor condition, which translates to 1 470 kilometres.
She revealed that the local authority needed approximately $690 million to bring the city’s roads to a “better” condition. “Most of the roads have outlived their lifespan. The service life of our roads (flexible pavements) ranges from 15 years for local streets, to 20 years major roads. The determination of design life is a factor of materials used, environmental conditions, and traffic loading
“To date 70 percent of the total network is in poor condition. More than 50 percent of the roads in poor condition require immediate rehabilitation. It is approximated that $690 million is required to bring the roads to good or better condition with $69 million required per year according to our Road Condition Survey,” said Mrs Mpofu.
She said as they moved towards improving the state of their roads, the local authority has come up with a facility targeted at stakeholders to assist in rehabilitating its road network, termed “Adopt a Road” scheme. Mrs Mpofu said they would further engage and lobby the Government for more funding through Zinara.
“In the Investment Prospectus recently published, road development and rehabilitation is also included. Industry is invited to propose ideas and partner with council in improving the condition of the road network.
“We have plans to adopt the latest technologies in our activities like thermoplastic paint and milling. Focus will also be given on preventing further deterioration of roads in fair condition. Activities that council will engage in include resealing, slurry and crack sealing. Reconstruction costs are 20 times more that resealing. We note that a stitch in time saves nine,” she said.
This year, Mrs Mpofu revealed that they were set to rehabilitate 53,9 kilometres of roads through the following periodic maintenance activities; 3,1 kilometres reconstruction, 16,1 kilometres reseals, 4,7 kilometres overlays and 30 kilometres regravelling. She said they were also engaging community groups for storm water clearing and pot hole patching of local streets to improve condition of suburban roads.
“Our plans will not include the rehabilitation of the road network only but we will be improving road safety, the plan being to replace the existing traffic signs and upgrade to Sadc standards, brought into force by Statutory Instrument 41 of 2016 (Road Traffic (Traffic Signs and Signals) Regulations, 2016) in the Central Business District (CBD) and along Airport Road.
“The local authority will further upgrade all the outstanding traffic lights controlled intersections by replacing 75 Watts ES signal incandescent lamps with eight Watts LED signal lamps,” she said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives in a road accident that occurred at Kiengu Market in Meru County Friday.
In his message, President Kenyatta said he was deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives through road accidents.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families, relatives and friends of those who perished in the Friday accident. May the Almighty God give then the strength and grace to bear the tragic loss,” President Kenyatta said.
The accident, involving a goods truck and three other vehicles, occurred along the Maua-Farm-Kinna-Garbatulla road yesterday evening. The President also wished quick recovery to those who were injured in the accident and are undergoing treatment.
He directed the police to ensure that traffic rules are strictly observed and unroadworthy vehicles are removed from roads to minimise accidents.
New highway code on the cards
THE Government is set to introduce a new Highway Code next month as part of ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and reduce accidents on the country’s roads.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo on Wednesday told Parliament that the upgraded Highway Code embraces traffic signs in the Sadc region. “An upgraded Highway Code encompassing Sadc signs is set to be launched on 30 March, 2017. I urge Members of Parliament and the public to familiarise themselves with the contents of the code,” he said.
The Minister said Government has, in line with Sadc harmonisation of standards for testing drivers, started constructing at all VID yards, Sadc standard hill starts, three-point-turn, parallel parking and reversing facilities.
“The system entails that learner drivers who would have come for a road test, pick a ball from a basket with an office number leading them to the examiner who will take them for the test. “This strategy is envisaged to counter a pre-arranged corrupt choice of an examiner for the practical tests,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said plans were also underway to introduce road safety education into school syllabi. “A comprehensive road safety document has been submitted to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) for consideration with a view to including road safety education into the school curriculum,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said his ministry through the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council carries out continuous road safety awareness campaigns targeting children in schools, Junior Parliament, chiefs, headmen, and village heads. “The Traffic Safety Council also conducts training in defensive driving for both public service vehicles and private drivers all in a bid to reduce carnage on our roads,” he said. The Minister said some accidents were caused by poor road signage and lack of carriageway markings.
“There is a huge backlog on carriageway markings and general signage on our roads. Regrettably, most road signs have been vandalised and we are acutely aware of the contribution this has had on accidents on our roads,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said the rehabilitation and replacement of road signage requires a huge budget and urged people to report any acts of vandalism. He said retests for public service vehicle drivers have seen a reduction in loss of lives and property. The Minister said his Ministry has a zero tolerance policy to corruption in line with the aspirations of Zim-Asset.
Traffic offences fetch GHcedi 1.4m ($US 320,000) in fines for Government
GHANA: A trailer truck heading towards Pokuase, on the Accra-Nswaman highway has veered off unto the outer lane on the Mile 7 stretch.
10th February 2017
Details are still being gathered as to the cause of the accident, but reports indicate that the truck rammed into the rear of a mini passenger bus, toppling it over on its side.
An undisclosed number persons have been injured, as the police personnel are yet to gather the full details.
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Four killed in horror crash along R501
GAUTENG / 9 February 2017, Thembelihle Mkhonza
Johannesburg – Four people died and two others were injured Wednesday morning after a car crashed into another along the R501, near the Deelkraal and Welverdiend Road intersection in Carletonville. Paramedics found three men lying outside their vehicles. They had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, adding that the trio were declared dead on the scene.
Meiring said nearby a woman was found lying on the ground outside her vehicle. She was in a critical condition. He said paramedics treated the woman and provided her with numerous advanced life support interventions. Once treated, she was transported to a nearby hospital. “Unfortunately, upon arrival at hospital the woman succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead,” said Meiring.
Two other people – a man and a woman – sustained moderate injuries. They were treated and transported to Leratong Hospital. Police are investigating the cause of the fatal crash.
Tanzania: Accident That Killed Habari Leo Staff Climbs to Eight
By Queen Isack 9th Feb 2017
Moshi — The number of the people who have died in the road accident which claimed also the life of Habari Leo reporter, Arnold Swai based in Moshi has reached 8 after another one who was hospitalised at KCMC Hospital also passed away.
Speaking with press in the area, Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC) Mr. Wilbroad Mutafungwa said the incident which occurred on February 5 this year at Eastern Vunjo County Moshi District at noon had left seven people dead on the spot.
He said out of two people who were taken to the hospital for treatment from the scene, one of them named as Ally Athumani (19) passed away today morning at the institution. The RPC said Athumani used to work in the Mitsubishi Fuso that was involved in the accident as a porter, adding that its registration number was T 343 BNL, being driven by James Jonah.
He further said the vehicle was on its way from Tanga to Himo Town when its brakes failed while descending on a steep slope, and collided head on with a car registered as T 606 AQZ Toyota Surf that was coming from the opposite direction.
Mr Mutafungwa said the Toyota Surf was being driven by Jackson Kimambo, a journalist from Nipashe Newspapers who was from Rau Moshi. He said the accident also involved a motorcyclist who was riding a motorbike with registration number MC 131 AAN, who survived and has not yet been named.
The RPC pointed out that Athumani was the son of the owner of the Fuso, Athumani Baraka (38), a businessman from Muheza Tanga who is in police custody to assist naming and tracing the driver who managed to escape after the accident.
He named the other deceased persons as Secretary of CWT in Kilimanjaro also a member of NEC, Ally Mbagga (51), the owner of the Toyota Surf, Anastanzia Maramsha, and a third year student at Moshi Co-operative University and Chairman of UWT in University Society, Edwin Mselle who were in the Toyota Surf.
In the list he also included Neema Gadiel (22), as the passenger who was in the motorcycle, saying two more bodies of a woman and man have not been identified as well as their ages.
He said all the bodies are preserved at KCMC mortuary, adding that the public is free to come and help in identifying them. Contacted for a comment, Secretary of Media Club of Kilimanjaro (MECKI), Mr Nakajumo James, described the late Swai as a hard working man and deserved “remembrance” especially in the club society that will now miss his contributions.
8th Feb 2017
This incident involving a Munava bus that goes to Gokwe rural area proved before Christmas shines light on this problem of poor maintenance by bus operator. This is the first bus to be reported to have lost a chassis while it is packed with people on board.
7 people were injured in late night taxi & bus crash in Umbilo, Durban
8th Feb 2017
Seven people have been injured after a bus and a taxi collided on Umbilo Road near Chestnut Road in Umbilo Durban on Monday evening.
Rescue Care Paramedics responded to the call just after 11pm. On their arrival, they found that a bus and a taxi had collided in the roadway before the taxi veered off the road and crashed into a fence on the roadside.
The taxi driver was found to be entrapped and the Durban Fire Department was called to assist and they had to use the jaws of life to free the man.
Six passengers in the taxi had also sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene by Rescue Care’s Advanced Life Support Paramedics before being transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required.
AT this stage the exact cause of the collision is unknown however SAPS Umbilo were on the scene and will be investigating further.
2 Police officers injured after Bakkie and Police vehicle collided in Laseria
8th Feb 2017
Emer-G-Med’s M03 and A01 are on the scene of a collision involving a Police vehicle on the R512 by the Hertford Garage, in Lanseria.
It’s believed that the bakkie turned in front of the police car, resulting in a partial head-on collision. Two police officers sustained minor injuries and are being transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Ghana: Death toll in Techiman-Kintampo road accident rises to 9, 32 injured
7 February 2017 Source: Graphic.com.gh
The death toll in the accident that occurred on the Techiman-Kintampo Highway last Friday has increased to nine. Five of the deaths occurred on the spot while one other person died at the Techiman Holy Family Hospital.
However, three of the 32 injured, who were receiving treatment at the hospital, also died last Saturday.
Last Friday, six people died in an accident between Bono Manso and Nipahiamoa on the Techiman-Kintampo Highway when a DAF bus collided with a DAF truck. The DAF bus, with registration number AS 2733-V, was travelling from Bolgatanga to Kumasi with an unspecified number of passengers, while the DAF truck, with registration number AS 6615-11, was travelling to Paga with empty tomato crates and five passengers, including the driver.
Namibia: 60 000 drivers on warrants of arrest
News – National | 2017-02-07 by Staff Reporter
The spokesperson of the City Police, Edmund Khoaseb, said there are over 60 000 people with outstanding fines in Windhoek, and “to date, 63 people (! -Ed) have been arrested and taken to court to pay their traffic fines. Those who do not have money will then unfortunately be locked up”.
“A traffic warrant is a warrant for a person’s arrest,” he explained.
Khoaseb further said failure to pay the fine on time may also result in a penalty of N$2 000 for contempt of court being added to the original fine. “If a member of the public suspects that he has a warrant against him, they can contact us (City Police) to verify that and make arrangements to pay the fine,” he added.
The operation also included foreign nationals after one was randomly pulled off the road for not being in possession of an authorisation to transport passengers.
“The operation to account for people on warrants of arrest is an ongoing process and does not have a closing date, although the method of conducting the operations will change from time to time, for example the setting up of temporary roadblocks, or going to people’s work and residential places,” Khoeseb stated.
Four killed 5 injured in Polokwane head on collision
7th Feb 2017
Polokwane – Four people died and five others were injured in a head-on collusion on the R71 in Polokwane on Monday, paramedics said.
ER24 said that two vehicles collided head-on on the R71 on Tzaneen road and the Veekraal off ramp at around 5.20pm.
“ER24 paramedics managed to stabilise a man believed to be in his late 20’s. The man sustained a serious head injury and was transported to the Mangkweng Provincial hospital to receive medical treatment,” ER24 said in a statement.
“One of the patients transported by ER24 was a women believed to be in her 30 years who sustained pelvic fractures. Three other patients were transported to nearby hospitals by other emergency services.”
One dead, scores injured in grisly road accident
By Kepher Otieno 6th Feb 2017
The wreckage of Kenya Prisons bus that was involved in a grisly road accident at the notorious Mamboleo Junction black spot near Coptic church in Kisumu county.
(Photo: Collins Oduor/Standard)
One person died and scores injured seriously in a grisly road accident at Mamboleo black spot last evening. Nyanza Regional Traffic Police Commandant Andrew Naibei said the driver of a bus lost control and crashed into an electric pole at the notorious spot near the Coptic Church.
Mr Charles Akatch, a resident, attributed the road carnage to the ongoing construction and blamed contractors for placing objects on the road, which he claims distract drivers. “The Government must do something about this black spot. We can’t continue to lose lives because of an ongoing construction,” he said.
Lagos still grappling with Okada menace
5th Feb 2017
Five years after the Lagos State Road Traffic Law came into being, the state government is still grappling with the implementation of some of its sections, including Section 3 of the law, which bans commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada from plying major highways in the state.
Already, the state government seems to have lost the battle to ban union activities in motor parks and bus stops, as road transport union officials still harass transporters and sometimes commuters and hawkers.
Its constant reminders to commercial motorcyclists and tricycle (Keke Marwa) operators, that they are prohibited from plying some routes in the state, are further indicative of the fact that sections of the law are not complied with. Since the law came into being, the state government has issued several warnings to defaulters, which have not been heeded just as enforcement level has remained very low.
In December 2016, the state government addressed a press conference, where it said it would no longer tolerate the activities of commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators on restricted routes. During the session, the state promised to deal decisively with violators as it was set to enforce a total ban. Leaders of the commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators were in attendance at the briefing, where the government explained that the enforcement would be jointly executed.
In his submission at the press conference, acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, warned that government would no longer “condone motorcycles riding against traffic, especially those who ply their trade along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Ojota-Ikorodu Town, and those who use BRT restricted/reserved lanes. All these are not in sync with the law. There is a need for us to, at this time, restate the provisions of the law so as to understand the premise of our planned actions in this regard,” he said.
According to him, engaging unions/associations of motorcycle and tricycle operators was in line with the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration’s plan to build a Lagos State that works for all, and to ensure that their members comply to ensure public safety. On his part, representative of the state Police Commissioner, Imohim Edgal, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said policemen in all area commands in the state have been directed to enforce aggressively, the restriction placed on Okada riders on affected routes.
Curiously, three months after the media briefing, and five years after the law came into being, nothing has changed in this direction. For instance, on major highways like the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway; Orile to Okoko and Oshodi to Sango, commercial motorcyclists still operate brazenly on the restricted routes, despite being banned from plying only 475 of the 9, 000 roads in the state.
On why government has not mustered enough courage to enforce the traffic laws to the letter, Elegushi, told The Guardian that enforcing any traffic law in the state has to be well planned.
Be that as it may, “We are working on our enforcement plan. We need to plan it very well to reduce damages. By next week, we would come up with a way of carrying out the enforcement. We are just giving the defaulters time to comply, so that it would not need any form of enforcement. But as it is now, they are not complying; definitely we have to enforce the law.
“We have discussed at length with them, but with their attitude, I believe that we can only achieve result by carrying out enforcement. This is because enlightenment without enforcement is entertainment, so we have to enforce the law.”
He promised that this week, the state government would roll out its enforcement plans, pleading with Lagosians to support the government because the damages facilitated by Okada riders still operating on restricted routes, are more than their benefits.
“That you could jump on motorcycles, which ride on one-way to get to your destination quickly does not warrant declaring your support for them. We urge Lagosians to support us because it is for their safety.
“If you know the number of armed robbery cases executed using Okada and the number of accidents from commercial motorcycles riding along one-way, and as a responsive and responsible government, we cannot continue to look without acting. It is a fight for the people and for their good,” the commissioner stated.
On what the state government is doing to ensure that gridlocks are off Lagos roads so that commuters do not see hitching a ride on commercial motorcycles as an alternative means of commuting,” Elegushi said having traffic gridlock should not be a reason for Lagosians to jump on an Okada, noting that traffic gridlocks are synonymous with megacities.
“We have traffic snarl in major cities of the world like Chicago and London, and in these places, people don’t jump on motorcycles. And if you compare the rate of traffic accidents in the last two years and now, you will agree with me that we have recorded some improvements.
“We know we are constructing, but it is for the people. So, why not take the pain of one or two months to stay alive. If construction is going on in a place, you re-plan your journey, making space for the time that would be loss in traffic. If you use to leave home by 7am, when a section of the road has not been blocked, you should leave home earlier, may be 6 am.”
PICS: Car ‘mangled’ as bus allegedly flees collision scene
5th Feb 2017 Paul Herman, News24
Mbombela – Three people have been injured after a vehicle and bus collided on Vandyksdrift Road in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
“Shortly before 04:00 on Saturday, paramedics from ER24 and other services arrived on the scene where they found the severely mangled wreck of a light motor vehicle,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.
The driver of the car was found with serious issues, and the jaws of life was needed to free him. Two other occupants were treated on the scene for moderate injuries.
“It is understood that the vehicle crashed into the back of a bus. However, when paramedics arrived, the bus was not found on the scene,” Vermaak added. Local authorities attended the scene and will investigate the cause of the collision, he added.
Money making scheme: Annual fitness checks for all private cars
Zimbabwe PARLIAMENT has recommended to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development that all cars must be inspected yearly at a cost of $50 per unit, as part of the commercialisation of the Vehicle Inspectorate Department meant to raise $126 million annually.
At the moment, inspection for fitness is limited to public service vehicles at a cost of $25 and $20 for heavy and light vehicles respectively, in line with Statutory Instrument 134 of 1998. Private cars are only inspected at VID when they are involved in accidents or when there is suspicion that they have defects.
Although such executive decisions are normally taken by the responsible ministry, parliament through its Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development has recommended the idea. The parliament used its oversight function, which according to the Standing Order of Parliament Category (c) states that the committee shall; “monitor, investigate, inquire into and make recommendations relating to any aspect of the legislative programme, budget, policy or any other matter it may consider relevant to the Government department falling within the category of affairs assigned to it, and may for that purpose consult and liaise with such department.”
In an interview, the chairman of the committee, Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF, Chegutu West) said this was a gap where Government can raise money.
“As a committee we are proposing that VID must inspect all motor vehicles in Zimbabwe, be they black on yellow plates or red on white plates which are private and public service vehicles. There are approximately 1,5 million vehicles that are on our roads and they have not been inspected, in fact a good number of them have not been inspected with a view of reducing road carnage,” he said.
Nduna said Statutory Instrument 34 of 1998 allows the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inspect public service vehicles while another statutory instrument can be put in place that there be a provision to inspect all vehicles to see their road worthiness. He said hence VID could charge as much as $50 for vehicle inspection on all cars.
“If the VID is commercialised, there is going to be $50 levied for all annual inspections for private vehicles, and with the vehicle population in Zimbabwe VID can easily raise revenue to the tune $126 million. It can use $40 million for recapitalisation and declare $60 million to the Government,” he said.
Nduna said the money will add onto the $5 million the department was raising through Learners’ Licence Tests, $6 million from Drivers’ Licence Tests and $25 million from public service vehicle inspections. The move will raise the revenue by 600 percent to $126 million.
However, in an interview, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the idea was noble although his Ministry was still to deliberate on the issue.
“I have not received any communication yet but maybe the move is a noble one if done correctly and through the right channels. It should come to Government formerly and be discussed,” he said.
The committee also suggested that there should be computerisation and integration of the transport management systems linking driving schools, VID, Zinara, Zimra, Central Vehicle Registry, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Republic Police.
“In Government we have moved to have an electronic system whereby VID, Zinara, CVR and Zimra will come as one and officials can be able to check the status of a vehicle at one go, one can check if a vehicle is registered, free of debts with Zinara and even the police can see if there are any offences,” said Gumbo.
Merging of Zinara and VID will see the two organisations leveraging on synergies with quick wins in activities such as enforcement of laws regarding overloading, unlicensed vehicles and drivers, fuel levy, unroadworthy vehicles and garage inspections, to name a few.
Nonetheless, if the proposals see the light of the day, there will be an increase in the number of fees motorists have to pay. At present motorists pay Zinara Vehicle Licensing fees of between $20 and $300 per quarter depending on the weight of the vehicle. To pay for the licensing fees, motorists also need to pay insurance with the cheapest pegged at $36 per quarter. In adddition, they pay the same parastatal between $2 and $10 for tollgates when using the country’s major highways depending on the weight of the vehicle. Motorists also pay a minimum of three cents per litre of fuel they buy levied as Carbon Tax.
Those with car radios are supposed to pay an additional minimum of $10 for radio licence to ZBC per quarter. Motorists are also mandated to buy triangles, reflectors and fire extinguishers.
There are also plans to introduce tollgates in urban areas to raise money for road repairs and construction.
7-ton truck swept away: 2 feared dead, 9 rescued in flooded river
February 4, 2017
Leonard Ncube and Pamela Shumba, Senior Reporters TWO people, one of them a teacher, are feared dead while nine others narrowly escaped death when a truck they were travelling in was swept away by a flooded river in Lupane District. The incident happened at the Bubi River Bridge at about 6PM on Thursday .
The bridge is on a gravel road linking Daluka Ward 19 to St Luke’s area in Kusile Rural District. The driver of the truck, a seven-tonner, which was coming from delivering food aid, allegedly missed the bridge and hit side pillars before the truck fell into the river. The teacher, who could not be named immediately, was reportedly stationed at Zwangendaba Secondary – a few hundred metres from the scene of the accident. The other victim is believed to be a local villager.
By last night, the two people were still missing but the nine other passengers and crew were all accounted for. The truck was dumped by the water about 60 metres downstream. The truck’s crew comprising of three people including the driver, were coming from delivering drought relief food in Daluka in the same district when they offered eight local people a lift.
The Chronicle visited the area yesterday and Bubi River was still flooded with villagers and school children failing to cross. Villagers from either side of the river embarked on a search in the river while waiting for divers from the police Sub-Aqua Unit who arrived late in the afternoon. Some villagers reportedly assisted a heavily pregnant woman cross the river to St Luke’s Hospital where she was due for delivery. Acting District Administrator for Lupane, Mr Zachariah Jusa, who is also chairman of the local Civil Protection Unit, confirmed the incident.
“The accident occurred at around 6PM when the truck, which is part of those that carry drought relief food in the district, was returning to base. I was at the bridge in the morning when the truck crossed as I was doing routine checks to assess the situation. Unfortunately when they returned in the evening, I think the water level had risen as the bridge was submerged,” he said. Mr Jusa said the driver missed the bridge after hitting a hump.
One of the survivors who was in the truck, Mr Bongani Moyo, said he was still in shock. “It was so sudden. All was well as the driver tried to drive through but lost control when he hit a hump and that’s when we heard the truck hitting some pillars,” he said.
Taxi crashes and overturns injuring nine in Dunoon in the Western Cape.
Nine people were injured this afternoon when a taxi crashed into a roadside barrier and rolled multiple times on the N7 near the Malibongwe turn-off in Dunoon in the Western Cape.
ER24 paramedics, along with the Metro and Fire services, arrived on the scene to find the taxi on its side on the grass embankment. It was discovered that the occupants from the taxi had already been pulled from the vehicle by motorists who had witnessed the incident.
Paramedics assessed the patients on the scene and found that 8 had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate while one other had sustained serious injuries. Paramedics treated the patients on scene and thereafter transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.
It is believed that a vehicle had apparently swerved in front of the taxi, causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle. Authorities on scene will be investigating this incident further. Russel Meiring. ER24 Spokesperson
ZA: Road Accident Fund’s bank account attached, payouts frozen
Wendy Knowler | 03 February, 2017
The Road Accident Fund has been forced to tell its claimants‚ service providers and the caregivers that payouts have ground to a halt.
“Sorry‚ you can’t be paid – our bank account has been attached by the Sheriff of the Court.”
That’s what the Road Accident Fund (RAF) was today forced to tell its claimants‚ service providers and the caregivers‚ on whom many road accident victims rely.“Payments have ground to a halt due to the RAF’s bank account being attached by the Sheriff of the Court‚” said CEO Dr Eugene Watson.“This is a result of a few legal firms whose actions have disrupted an established cash management plan which now inconsiderately prioritises them over those who have patiently been awaiting payment.”
The fund’s monthly income of R3 billion from the fuel levy has been used to make 30‚000 monthly payments‚ but it’s not nearly enough‚ said Watson‚ who referred to the RAF as “the caring arm of government”.
“A balance of R8‚2 billion worth of payments to 5‚200 creditors remains queued for payment over and above all that is paid.” The attachment‚ removal and sale of RAF assets was thus “an unfortunately common reality”‚ Watson said.
“This reality has persisted despite a 50c increase in the RAF fuel levy two years ago. The fund can only pay what it is able to and the cash management plan put in place two years ago endeavours to maintain regular payments to creditors.”
This latest attachment had badly disrupted the fund’s bid to fulfil its mandate – “to indemnify‚ compensate and rehabilitate car crash victims” – despite the ongoing lack of funds‚ he said.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and every effort is being made to resolve the matter speedily in order for the RAF to resume payments.”
Watson also said the halt in payments, ongoing cash constraints and the “huge‚ unfounded liability” the minister of finance raised in the medium-term Budget speech were “continued evidence that the RAF dispensation is expensive‚ unaffordable and unsustainable”.
Holiday killers: Combating drownings and road deaths in 2017
Cape Town – While South Africa might be one of the most incredible places to spend the summer holidays, our peak season periods are always marred by a spike in road deaths as well as drownings.
The figures of fatal road accidents compared to fatal drownings are equally high and shocking. An average of 1 528 fatal drownings occur annually, of which 44% of fatal drowning are kids under 15.
On the roads, during this past festive season again, more than 1 700 deaths were recorded on South African roads and on average, 270 people die on South African roads every week. “That’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every week,” Niel Langner, marketing manager for Continental Tires South Africa told media at a conference where General Tire South Africa announced its partnership with Lifesaving SA.
Time to take action against Kombi drivers operating vehicles under the influence of Mbanje
Much of the travelling we do each day is by commuter omnibuses better known as kombis. That means there are a lot of Kombis on Zimbabwean highways and local roads carrying us to and from our various destinations. It also means there are an enormous number of people we depend on to be safe drivers.
The stress of kombi driving has been overlooked especially in Zimbabwe but many songs played in theses kombis talk about drowning one’s sorrows in a bottle. It’s an unnerving thought, but many kombi drivers get behind the wheel after tipping back a few drinks or using illegal drugs. Some even have the notion that they cannot drive without taking alcohol and we have even heard and witnessed these Kombi drivers say that “nhasi ndakabatwa, or Nhasi ndakarohwa nezvinhu,” or any other slang they use to describe how intoxicated they are. What a society!
It’s surprising however that after hearing all this we do nothing about it, we just sit there and hope we arrive home safe. Unfortunately when disaster strikes the blame games begin. This has not helped in any way since no effort is made to address the problem itself at the end of the day. It is high time the passengers help themselves because the police at most of our road blocks all they need imari ye cold drink and the intoxicated driver passes through.
This is the situation in the country; bad drivers are never fined for breaching road safety measures on regular basis. Of course this happens because they have the police in their pockets. The police are increasingly accepting bribes and deliberately allowing traffic offenders to have a field day. We have seen the conductor after the kombi has been stopped by the police going over to talk to the police and the under hand dealings they do.
In fact we are all familiar with the drugs and the substances most often used by kombi drivers ranging from alcohol, stimulants, marijuana and bronclear. So I asked myself: What are we actually doing to help ourselves because the Police and Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council to them it is always business as usual.
One worrying factor is that many of the drivers actually learn driving while serving as drivers’ mates (the ones who drive you around while the kombi is loading), without taking a single lesson from government approved driving schools. What a country! In Chitungwiza there is the local driver and the one who takes you to town. When there is a driver change no one asks if the driver is qualified to be driving passengers. Just because one can drive it does not mean he is qualified to driver a passenger vehicle.
During that driver change a lot can happen, the town driver gets time to drink or smoke in an attempt to relax and take his mind off the stresses of the day and rest as he has little rest all day long. On the other hand the local driver may hit several potholes that may cause damage to the vehicle which he will not report to his compatriot.
Sometimes I used to wonder whether many of these drivers who ply our roads have been taken through the rudiments of basic safety driving, but now I know how they operate. Many of these kombis do not even have motor insurance yet nobody cares. The relevant authorities such as Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council (ZTSC) the best they can do is to send you that odd text message encouraging you not o drink and drive. Honestly that is pure laziness and this is further compounded by our very lazy leadership. They fail to put in place the necessary measures that will check the traffic offenders. This is why horrific accidents continue to occur on a regular basis and in such large numbers. In the night, many of our roads including the so-called highways have no street lights. Some of the pot-holes on these ‘highways’ are so big, they could pass for manholes.
The City – Chitungwiza highway barely has any meaningful road signs. Besides a few speed limits, I am yet to see any road sign which reads like: ‘slow down’ ‘reduce speed now’ or warning message on any of the dangerous bends all along the highway.
What does this tell us? Does it mean unscrupulous drivers are at liberty to drive at any dangerous speed they choose? What happens to those drivers who might not be familiar with the road? As for the zebra crossings, the drivers have no regards for their use at all.
Our drivers have grown with the perception that, where the road is good, they are at liberty to speed as dangerous as they deem necessary. Is it a wonder that over speeding is killing our people on the roads?
Honestly road traffic accidents can be reduced if we realise the power us passengers have in the Kombi business. Without us there is no business for the kombi operators. All we need is to speak up and be heard.
Would you board a kombi with a drunk driver, why would you not ask to be dropped if the driver is overspreading? Why would you bother taking a ride from a kombi that does not give you a safe journey to your destination? It’s high time the kombi operators know that they cannot mess with the passenger. It’s time to bring back the glory days when the customer was king.
The police are compromised but let’s not stop reporting all bad drivers. The government should make sure that the police are adequately resourced and well-motivated to deal with traffic offenders. This will help bring the bribery and corruption cases which promote drivers’ indiscipline on the roads. · The road authority must random sample a couple of drivers plying the roads and test them for any drug abuse.
Let’s hope that as passengers we will act upon these measures and help bring the accidents on our roads to the barest minimum.
Fourteen die in grisly road crash in Uganda
At least 14 people have been killed after a commuter taxi in which they were travelling in collided head-on with a lorry. Eye witnesses and police say all the passengers, including the driver and conductor, in the 14-seater taxi died. The accident on the Kampala-Jinja highway, part of the Northern Corridor, is notorious for fatal crashes.
According to Ugandan media, the driver of the lorry is reported to have been speeding before he lost control of the vehicle crashing into the taxi headed in the opposite direction. Among the dead are children said to have been reporting for the first term of school.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that Uganda has one of the highest road traffic fatalities in the world. Bad driving, poorly marked and lit roads, absence of and lack of proper signage, failure to follow traffic rules and vehicles in poor mechanical condition are some of the common causes.
Namibia: City Police to test pedestrians for alcohol
02 Feb 2017
By Linea Dishena
WINDHOEK The City Police will in future test pedestrians involved in road accidents for alcohol in their blood. This is a standard procedure regularly enforced on drivers involved in road accidents.
City Police Spokesperson, Edmund Khoaseb told Nampa on Wednesday a large number of accidents are a result of negligence on the part of both pedestrians and drivers. He explained that breathalyser tests will be conducted on pedestrains who surive the accidents.
Khoaseb said most road accidents involving pedestrians occur over the weekend, particularly late at night after bars and other drinking outlets have closed. Most of the time the victims are coming from bars and under the influence of alcohol, which makes it difficult for them to fully concentrate on the road, he said.
Khoaseb said some pedestrians also do not adhere to the laws of the road such as crossing at designated pedestrian crossing points or look out for oncoming traffic. He added that drivers tend to be inattentive or are distracted while driving, sometimes at a speed above the limit, especially in the vicinity of schools. Many drivers also do not stop at pedestrian crossings.
He said the City Police will soon embark upon an intensive campaign to educate pedestrians on how to cross the road responsibly, and pedestrians found crossing the road where there is no provision made, will be fined. Khoaseb said such accidents are preventable if both drivers and pedestrians become more attentive when using the road.
On 20 January, two women were hit by the same vehicle and sustained slight injuries when they crossed the Western Bypass. A day later, a 26-year-old man died on the spot after he was run over by a car near the Mix settlement outside Windhoek. On 22 January, a four-year-old girl sustained slight injuries when she was run over by a vehicle on the corner of Lucia and Eveline streets. On Wednesday, a seven-year-old learner of the Tobias Hainyeko Primary School was run over by a car in Julius Nyerere Street. He died later in the hospital.
The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) in October last year presented statistics that 147 pedestrians were killed on Namibian roads, while 832 were injured in 901 pedestrian-related crashes between 01 January 2016 and 04 October 2016.
An app that reports overlapping matatu drivers
2nd Feb 2017
By SARAH OOKO email@example.com
Posted Thursday, February 2 2017 at 10:10
Mercy Cherono, 32, was involved in a road accident two years ago on Lang’ata Road in Nairobi. Fortunately, she only suffered a slight neck injury that was effectively treated due to her comprehensive medical insurance cover. Not many Kenyans are that lucky, though.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), approximately 3,000 people lose their lives in road accidents annually. Many more nurse emotional scars while suffering from debilitating physical injuries that confine them to wheel chairs.
Echomobile, a Nairobi based Information Technology (IT) firm, seeks to confront this problem through a mobile app — Smart Matatu— that promotes safe driving. Now under a pilot on Rongai and Kibera routes, it was developed by the University of California Berkeley in collaboration with the University of Nairobi. The targeted users of the app are individuals or co-operative societies that own matatus operating in the selected routes.
Users require a sensor installed in their vehicles. “It is this device (sensor) that communicates to the app, supplying it with relevant information about the safety of vehicles on the road,” James Mwangi, project officer of the smart matatu initiative at Echomobile told the Business Daily. Owners, he added, can access this data on their android smart phones, receiving real time alerts on major safety events such as when vehicles are speeding, over-accelerating, overlapping or making sharp turns.
“Whenever I get numerous alerts like these, I usually call the driver to find out where the problem is,” said Johnson Maina, secretary of the Serian Sacco that own matatus plying the Kiserian-Rongai route. He stated that this has spurred open and candid communication between the sacco and its drivers on the importance of adhering to road safety rules.
Results of the initial pilot last year in the Kiserian-Rongai routes showed that even though drivers were generally aware of road safety and traffic rules, many of them had ignored them. “But with the smart matatu sensors in the vehicles, the drivers became more conscious of the misconduct as they were aware that all their actions were being monitored. This prompted them to change their behaviour,” explained James Lang’at, smart matatu field officer at Echomobile and the University of California Berkeley.
At the end of each working day, he said, the app usually rates the performance of each driver with regards to safety driving. Those that receive high scores are given incentives which reinforce the good behaviour. Michael Maloba, another matatu owner that has embraced the new technology stated that it has enabled him to effectively manage his business, reduce operation costs and boost profits.
“Even though someone else is driving the vehicle, it is like I’m there with the matatu at all times. I can monitor its movements from the app throughout the day.”
Zimbabwe roads made in hell
DRIVING in Zimbabwe roads now requires one to acquire new skills of negotiating potholes. Drivers also need the nerves of steel to endure the gruelling driving experience which, if not well executed, can result in serious damage to one’s car or even an accident.
Torrential rains which have mercilessly battered the southern African region over the past weeks have left Zimbabwe’s fragile roads riddled with crater-like potholes that resemble an aftermath of a massive sporadic missile attack.
These are now like roads made in hell! It is befitting that some of these roads have been declared a state of disaster. Statistics show that at least 80 percent of the country’s 97 000-kilometre road network now requires a major overhaul. The poor state of the roads characterised by potholes and ragged sharp edges is significantly contributing to the carnage on Zimbabwe’s roads which claims at least five lives per day.
This is according to 2015 statistics from the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe. The country’s major highways have for long raised the ire of travellers because of their poor state. But recently attention has also shifted to urban roads that have deteriorated and are now posing a serious threat to road users.
Observers attribute the poor state of urban roads to failure by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) to disburse adequate funds for their rehabilitation. ZINARA was established in terms of the Road Act (Chapter 13:18) in 2002 with the aim of enhancing the road network system throughout the country. Its core mandate is that of fixing road user charges and collecting such charges or any other revenue for the road fund, in consultations with the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.
After collecting revenue, the parastatal is supposed to remit funds to local authorities who then ensure that roads around their areas are maintained. Local authorities have the primary responsibility of repairing roads in terms of the Urban Councils’ Act (Chapter 29.15), Second Schedule section 198, paragraph 19 (1). ZINARA collects in excess of US$5,5 million per month from the 26 tollgates dotted around the country and an additional US$130 million annually from road access fees, vehicle licensing, transit fees and the fuel levy among other revenue streams.
Government will soon release a Road Condition Survey assessing the state of the country’s roads and what is required to bring them up to standard.
At over 85 percent complete, the survey being carried out by the Department of Roads, the District Development Fund, rural district councils and urban councils at a cost of US$1,7 million, might fail to capture the exact situation on the ground given that the roads are deteriorating daily. Carried out after every five to 10 years, the survey is meant to provide accurate statistics to guide policy makers in implementing developmental projects.
Acknowledging the bad state of the country’s roads, Transport Minister, Joram Gumbo said a total of US$5 billion is required to rehabilitate the dilapidated road network. “It is not a secret that most of our road network has outlived its useful lifespan and we would need to expend approximately more than US$5 billion to rehabilitate the country’s roads. But the revenue that ZINARA is mobilising, which is less than US$200 million per annum, is not sufficient to cover the maintenance backlog. In fact, we have not surpassed the US$150 million annual collection of toll fees,” he said.
Harare City Council (HCC) spokesperson, Michael Chideme, indicated that the capital city alone requires about US$40 million from ZINARA to refurbish its roads.
“We are set to receive about US$1,2 million from ZINARA which is enough to only rehabilitate one kilometre. It’s a pity considering that roads which fall under our jurisdiction stretch well over 6 000 kilometres of which most of them are in dire need of rehabilitation,” said Chideme.
“We should not be blamed for the poor state of the roads when we have no money; give us the money and blame us later,” he added. Gumbo has, however, challenged the HCC “to show us one road they have patched up using that (paltry) money” from ZINARA. Gumbo is also on record, accusing other local authorities of missappropriating ZINARA funds by using the money to pay off their debts and salaries.
Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni said: “There is insincerity in that remark because they have not given us all the money in cash. Some of the help we got from ZINARA has been in kind and if they want us to show them the road patches we will definitely do that… ZINARA is the institution we must look up to for this crisis. We are out of it. In fact, in the coming two months the roads will get worse before they get better.”
ZINARA board chairman, Albert Mugabe, said HCC was not doing the right thing, given that it has so many other opportunities to generate revenue.
“The city has over 7 000 parking bays; assuming there is five hours occupation per day in a five-day week, the city generates US$8, 4 million annually in parking fees. If they invest even half of that into the goose that is laying the golden egg, Harare’s roads would improve. The city also receives revenue from billboards. “All these and more could be used by HCC to augment what they get from ZINARA,” said Mugabe. He added that HCC will find it difficult to access funding because of their poor credit rating.
Five people killed in a road accident in Navakhoko
1st Feb 2017
Five people have perished in a gruesome accident in Navakhoko along Kakamega-Bungoma Road. The five were in a lorry whose driver lost control, plunging into a bridge which was under construction. So far only the body of the driver of the ill-fated lorry has been retrieved even as efforts to recover other bodies continue.
Ghana: Man burnt to death in frightening car accident
An unidentified man has burnt to death in frightening car accident at New Edubiase in Ashanti region on Monday afternoon.
Wofa Yaw Surprise, a local journalist detailed media about the incident. According to him, deceased Toyota Rav4 vehicle with registration number AS 1200-09 slip off the road. Then it moved towards a ditch on the New Edubiase-Bekwai highway.
After the incident, the vehicle caught fire and also burnt the trapped man beyond recognition. The burnt man believed to be in late 50s was an employee in Ghana Water Company, he revealed.
Moreover, fire service employees managed to extinguish the fire and conveyed the body to New Edubiase Government Hospital for preservation. New Edubiase police also confirmed the incident and told that they have begun investigations into the matter.
Bakkie overturns, lands on construction site, killing 2
31st Jan 2017 Tammy Petersen, News24
A bakkie overturned on the N1. (Supplied)
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4 Gokwe family members die in freak accident
THREE Gokwe South family members died in freak accident on Sunday afternoon, when a woman allegedly lost control of her car and rammed into a house killing her mother-in-law, her friend and seriously injuring her father-in-law who died moments later.
The husband of the driver, identified as Dillan Ngwenya Makanika, hanged himself after the accident. Ngwenya Makanika was an administrator at Kana Mission Hospital, a stone’s throw away from his rural home.
Although Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Ispector Joel Goko, said he was not aware of the accident, a teacher at Kana Secondary School, John Mumvumi, said the accident happened soon after the family had come from church. “The husband was a passenger with his wife driving when she lost control and drove into the house, where her mother-in-law sat with her husband and a neighbour, Chamunorwa,” Mumvumi said.
Both women died on the spot, while Ngwenya’s father was seriously injured. Unconfirmed reports said Ngwenya later slipped from the crowd and hanged himself on a tree close by. “Funeral arrangements are underway,” Mumvumi said, adding a sombre mood hung over the community.
A boda boda operator died on the spot while his passenger passed away at Mount Kenya Anglican Church Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment. The motorcyclist was heading to Kerugoya from Kagumo when he collided with the vehicle.
The vehicle was towed to the Kerugoya Police Station.
Witnesses said the motorcyclist was trying to overtake a car when he crashed into the oncoming Land Rover. County Police Commander Joseph Nthenge advised boda boda operators to be careful on the road. “Cyclists should adhere to traffic rules to avoid such fatal accidents,” he said.
Kenya: Four die in Rongo road accident
By Scophine Otieno Monday, January 30th 2017
Four people died in an accident on the RongoKisii highway yesterday. The accident involving a 14seater matatu and a Canter left scores of others with serious injuries.
The 4pm accident occurred after the Canter travelling towards Kisii lost control and collided head on with the matatu coming from the opposite direction. According to Charles Odhiambo, a witness, the Canter was speeding before the accident occurred.
The driver of the Canter disappeared soon after the accident that left the matatu driver dead. Three bodies were moved to the Kisii Referral Hospital mortuary and a fourth to the morgue at Migori Level Four Hospital. The casualties were admitted in Kisii Level Five, Rongo District and Migori Level Four hospitals, as the police launched investigations.
Migori County Commander David Kirui said police were looking for the driver of the Canter. Meanwhile, residents were shocked further when the driver of an ambulance belonging to a private hospital in Rongo and which was carrying one of the injured lost control of the vehicle in Uriri and veered off the road. The driver and two medics sustained minor injuries. It was not clear whether the already injured casualty sustained more injuries.
The four victims who died yesterday brings to 10 the number of those who have lost their lives on the KisiiMigori highway since the beginning of the year. Residents have continued to petition the national government to expand the road that has been the scene of several accidents that have claimed many lives over the years.
According to the police, there were over 14 600 reported car hijackings between 2015 and 2016, up 14.3 percent from 12 770.
Statistically, this shows that 40 cars are hijacked every day in South Africa (35 in 2015), or roughly one car every 36 minutes.
As has always been the case, car and truck hijacking is most common in South Africa’s most populated province, Gauteng, followed by other built up provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Gauteng accounts for over half (50.5 per cent) of all reported car hijackings – with 7 376 cases, and 58 per cent of all reported truck hijackings, with 695 cases.
Here are some of the hot spots:
- The corner of Kelvin Street and CR Swart
- The corner of Pretoria Road and CR Swart
- The corner of Elgin and Pretoria roads
- Linksfield Road off-ramp off the N3
- Booysens Road off-ramp off the M1
- The Nelson Mandela Bridge, be alert
- Wolmarans Street between Claim and Nugget streets
- The corner of Harrow and Saratoga roads
- The corner of Harrow and Abel
- The Houghton Drive off-ramp off the M1
- The corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and St Andrews
- The corner of 17th and Krause streets in Pageview
- The Heidelberg Road off-ramp off the N17
- Traffic lights on Kyalami Drive
- The Beyers Naudé off-ramp off the N1 highway
- Rivonia off-ramp off the N1 highway in Sunninghill
- Midrand road near Clayville
- The intersection of Grayston and Rivonia and the intersection of Grayston and 11th Street
- 11th Avenue and Empire Road off-ramps
- The Jan Smuts Avenue / William Nicol Drive split in Hyde Park
- Intersections on Witkoppen Road
- Bramley Precinct, areas such as Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew
- Yeoville Precinct, areas such as Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevue East
- The Norwood Precinct, areas such as Orange Grove and Highlands
- The Sandringham Precinct, areas such as Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham
- The Parkview precinct, areas between the 10th and 11th avenue and 4th and 7th avenues in Parkhurst
- The Hillbrow precinct, areas such as upper Houghton and Killarney
- The Rosebank precinct, areas such as Saxonwold and Parkwood
- The intersection between Christiaan de Wet and Wilgerood road in Roodepoort
- Louis Botha Avenue, the M11. Be aware at the traffic lights, especially between Hillbrow and Alexandra
- Riviera off-ramp on the M1
- 11th Avenue in Fairland, near Fairland Extension 6
- The corner of Pretoria Main Road and 1st Avenue in Alexandra
- New Road off-ramp coming off the N1, be aware at the robots
- William Nicol off-ramp on the N1 highway.
14 hurt in KZN taxi crash
2017-01-29 Lizeka Tandwa, News24
One person was still trapped in the wreckage.
“After triaging the injured it was found that 14 people sustained injuries. Two were seriously injured while 12 miraculously escaped with minor injuries,” he said. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free the injured.
They were then taken to various hospitals for treatment, he said. Botha said it was unclear what caused the accident.
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Three held over ‘school bus’ trade in Dar
POLICE in Dar es Salaam Special Zone, through the Traffic Department, yester-day arrested three people for allegedly transporting 34 school children in a vehicle of a Toyota Noah make.
The Dar es Salaam Re-gional Traffic Officer, Mr Pe-ter Mashishanga, named the suspects as the car’s driver, Mabrouk Issa Daudi, the coor-dinator for the transport, Ste-ven Masanja, and the supervi-sor of transporting children, identified by the single name of Latifa.
According to Mr Mashis-hanga, the car, with registra-tion number T 949 DDY, was seized in at around 01:00 hrs along the Gerezani junction at Kariakoo area, carrying 34 school children, including nursery and primary Standard One and Two pupils from various schools in the city’s downtown.
“They are the pupils from various schools, includ-ing Mtendeni, Bunge, and Olympio primary schools. They were being ferried home from school as others were heading to Mbagala and Kigamboni,” he told the Daily News.
The coordinator of the transport arrangement, Latifa, told the police that they de-cided to put all children in the same car because their other vehicles had been impounded for failure to show a permit to transport children as a school bus.
She said the vehicles were impounded arrested in the morning since they did not have any other alternative to transport children to their home and that is why they used the car in question much as they knew that it was wrong to do so.
Following the incident, Mr Mshishanga urged parents and guardians to be careful with children by following up on the means of transport that schools are using to transport their children.
16 people injured, several seriously, in taxi & bakkie collision
27th January 2017
16 people have been injured this morning, several of them seriously, when a bakkie and taxi collided on Christiaan De Wet Road in Constantia Kloof, west of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi on the side of the road against the roadside barrier. The bakkie was found parked in the middle of the road.
Several passengers from the taxi were found walking around on the scene. Upon closer inspection, paramedics found two men lying trapped inside the front of the taxi.
ER24 paramedics, along with provincial services, used specialized rescue tools to free both men from the vehicle. Once freed, paramedics found that both men had sustained numerous injuries and were in a critical condition.
14 other patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Curious Agogo residents turn scene of explosion into tourist site
27th Jan 2017 Source: Ghana I Nhyira FM I Ohemeng Tawiah
Residents of Agogo continue to troop to a local welding shop, four days after tyre burst left two people dead and two others seriously injured. The incident has left the community in shock as people seek to understand how the tragedy occurred.
A 34-year-old welder, Akwasi Debrah, and a teenage tricycle rider were killed in the gory accident after the rim of a lorry tyre they were working on came off and struck them. Two others, 38-year-old mason, Akwasi Asare and Kwadwo Boateng, 14, suffered severe injuries. They are presently receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Agogo Presbyterian Hospital.
Residents of Agogo have since been filing to the welding shop to find out how the bizarre incident occurred. Four days after the accident, some scattered human parts and clothing of the victims can still be found at the scene, as residents pay tribute to the dead victims.
Osei Kofi, a taxi driver and friend to the late Akwasi Debrah says he will continue to visit the scene as far as he is alive in memory of his late friend. Like several other residents, he is shocked at the bizarre manner his friend was killed in that accident.
Meanwhile, at the Presbyterian Hospital, doctors have been busy working around the clock to save the lives of the injured two. Medical Superintendent, Dr. William Thompson says the victims who were brought to the hospital unconscious are stable now. All the surviving victims, including 14-year-old Kwadwo Boateng had fractures of the tibia. He revealed Asare who had lacerations all over his face will need some attention to correct an eye defect as a result of the explosion.
Meanwhile Asare, who is married with kids, says he was saved under circumstances he describes as divine.
IBANDA: At least 15 people were on Thursday rushed to Ibanda Comprehensive Medical Centre after they sustained injuries in an accident that involved a taxi and two motor cycles in Ibanda town. Ibanda District Officer in charge of Traffic, Mr Deo Ishungisha said the taxi Reg No. UAX 598 B which he said was recklessly being driven by a yet known driver was coming from GAPCO petro station before the driver lost control and rammed into two packed motor cycles before it over turned several times to a nearby pub.
The mini bus was from Sweswe in Kasambya, Mubende district heading to Mbarara. One of the victims; Ms Justine Tukashaba, a church catechist at Kanyanseko Catholic Church in Kanyanseko ward, Kagongo division said the driver was speeding when he lost control of the car.
Ibanda District police commander, Mr Denis Ochama said that the victims had already received first aid to reduce pain and were put on medication. Dr Rashid Aheebwa said, “All the victims who were admitted will get proper medication and will all be in good condition.” He said that among the 15, only two were seriously injured while others had minor ones.
Namibia: Spate of traffic accidents concern city police
News – National | 2017-01-27 by Nomhle Kangootui
“The majority of these accidents are entirely preventable, and they are often a result of driver or pedestrian negligence. Through investigations we found that most common factors contributing to these accidents include inattentive or distracted driving, failure by drivers to observe speed limits, especially in school zones. Drivers’ failure to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians crossing the street without looking out for oncoming traffic,” Khoaseb said.
It was especially the increase in accidents involving pedestrians that have had law enforcement authorities concerned.
Khoaseb said that on Friday, 20 January, two pedestrians were hit by the same vehicle on the Western Bypass but only sustained slight injuries. On that same day, at about 18h15 at the corner of Joseph Mukwayu Ithana and Zenobia streets, a bakkie belonging to a security company ran into a tree when the driver lost control. “As a result 13 people were injured with six serious injuries and seven slight injuries,” Khoaseb said.
He also said a fatal accident involving a pedestrian took place on Saturday 21 January at about 21h18 near Mix settlement, on the city’s northern outskirts, when a 26-year-old man was run over by a car. “The male victim was declared dead at the scene.”
On Sunday, 22 January, a four-year-old girl sustained slight injuries when she was run over in a hit-and-run at the corner of Lucia and Eveline Streets, at about 17h42, Khoaseb said. On Tuesday, 24 January, on the Western Bypass near the Windhoek Country Club and Resort, a truck belonging to Meatco overturned, with the driver and passenger sustaining serious injuries.
Khoaseb noted that four accidents were reported on Wednesday, 25 January, two of which resulted in fatalities while in the other two victims sustained slight injuries. “At about 06h47 at Julius Nyerere Street in Okahandja Park, a seven-year-old pedestrian was fatally run over by a taxi. The boy was a pupil at Tobias Hainyeko Primary School.
“The same day at about 06h28 at the intersection of Robert Mugabe Avenue and Sierre Street, a female driver was seriously injured after her vehicle collided with a bakkie,” said Khoeseb.
He said that she was taken to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Jinja. About 360 people were involved in road accidents in Jinja District, with half of them sustaining life-threating injuries and others succumbing to death over the last two years, the officer in-charge of traffic in the district, Mr Francis Onen, has disclosed.
He said most of the accidents were as a result of reckless driving, drunk-driving and driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.
Speaking during an interview earlier in the week at Jinja Central Police Station, Mr Onen said police records show that in the last 24-months, at least 355 cases of accidents were reported in the district. He said: “In 2015, our statistics show that fatal accidents were 35, serious ones were 126 and minor ones were about 36. And in 2016, we registered 41 cases of fatal accidents and about 92 cases of serious accidents while the minor ones were 25.”
He attributed the decline in the number of accidents registered last year as compared to those registered in 2015 to increased police vigilance as evidenced in the ongoing operation code named Fika Salama—safe journey/travel. Mr Onen said this year, police targets to remove drivers without driving licence from the road, eliminating vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition and constantly monitoring motor vehicles plying the eastern routes.
He, however, said this will be achieved if the citizens play their part by saying no to recklessness and drunk-driving. When interviewed, Mr Samuel Munabi, a Jinja-bound taxi driver said although motorists have become more reckless on the road, the authorities haven’t cracked the whip hard and consistently enough as to bring this to a halt.
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents. The last crime and traffic report released in 2014 ranks Jinja District among the leading accidents districts in the country.
Dark spot (PC for ‘accident blackspot’ – Ed)
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents.
Crazy Matatu driver could have caused a freak accident along Thika Road.
Jan 25th , 2017 The Kenyan DAILY POST Editor’s Choice, Lifestyle, Videos 14
Reckless driving is the main cause of road accidents in Kenya and this video is just a tip of the iceberg of how careless some drivers can be. This idiot was caught on camera driving on the wrong side along Thika Superhighway headed to Nairobi. If the oncoming drivers weren’t cautious and ducked in time, this could have ended badly. The National Transport Service Authority (NTSA) officers should track this miscreant and make sure he/ she faces the full force of the law because this is nothing short of attempted murder by dangerous driving
20 people killed in traffic accidents in Algeria
8th Jan 2017
ALGIERS. The Algerian authorities said 20 people were killed Saturday in three traffic accidents in the country. In the first accident, a bus from the capital Algiers to the southeastern province of Biskra crashed after midnight in the town of Bou Saada, 245 km south of Algiers, leaving 10 passengers dead and 12 others injured.
Later in the day, another accident was reported in the desert province of Ghardaia, where a family of seven members were killed when their car collided with a trailer.In the eastern province of Mascara, three people were killed when two cars collided, according to local fire fighting department.
Initial investigations show overspeed and fatigue driving are the main causes of the three accidents. In Algeria, 4,000 to 4,500 people die of traffic accidents annually.
Experts say a driving licence demerit point system is expected to go into force to curb the soaring number of traffic accidents in this North African nation.
ZANU-PF’s Matabeleland South provincial chairman, Rabelani Choeni and four other people have been hospitalised after they suffered serious injuries when a vehicle he was driving veered off the road and overturned.
The accident occurred on Wednesday along the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Road when Choeni was on his way to Matopos National Park to identify a site for hosting the 21st February Movement Celebrations next month.
National Traffic police spokesperson Inspector Tigere Chigome confirmed the accident yesterday.
“On 4 January at around 6AM the driver and four passengers were involved in an accident at the 189km peg when the driver lost control of the vehicle. It veered off the road and overturned leaving them with serious injuries,” said Insp Chigome. He said Choeni and the passengers were taken to Gwanda District Hospital and their condition is reportedly stable. “They’re currently admitted at Gwanda District Hospital. At the moment we’ve not heard any news of any threat to life as their condition is reported to be stable,” he said.
The Zanu-PF provincial executive through its Secretary for Information and Publicity who is also Umzingwane legislator, William Dewa, wished Choeni a speedy recovery so that he continues with his job.
“As the provincial executive we are very sorry that our chairman was involved in an accident. Actually he was on his way to Matopos National Park to identify the venue as we are going to host the 21st February Movement Celebrations. We wish him a speedy recovery so that he joins others in the preparations,” said Dewa.
A party official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Choeni was driving in his official party Ford Everest vehicle from Beitbridge when the accident occurred. “The vehicle burst its rear right tyre near Johnsley Resettlement area just before West Nicholson and he lost control before he veered off the road. He had four passengers he had given a lift. We visited him and observed that he is out of danger although he has visible injuries,” he said.The Chronicle
Wedding turns solemn after 4die 43 injured in Msambweni bus crash
Jan. 07, 2017, By ALLOYS MUSYOKA The scene at Milalani-Msambweni where four people died after their bus lost control and rolled several times,
Four people died on Friday afternoon when a bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident at Milalani area on the LungaLunga- Likoni highway. The Ng’ombeni secondary school bus is said to have been taking 47 passengers to a wedding ceremony in LungaLunga.
Mwambweni deputy county commissioner Elvis Korir said the driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in the accident. “The vehicle rolled several times after the driver lost control. It is also suspected that the bus was overloaded,” he said.
Bodies of the deceased were taken to Msambweni referral hospital mortuary, while the survivors were taken to the referral hospital for treatment. Korir said they are investigating the incident and asked road users to be careful and avoid reckless driving.
Namibia: MVA Fund continues with road safety activities
07 Jan 2017
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN (NAMPA) The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and partners in the 2016/2017 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign will embark on a number of activities to ensure the safe return of travellers to their homes, work and schools.
A joint statement by the Fund and partners including the Namibia Police Force, Ministry of Works and Transport and Roads Authority issued Thursday said the activities will be conducted along the B1 and B2 routes. The B1 runs from Noordoewer on the South African border to Oshikango on the Angolan border. B2 runs from Okahandja to Walvis Bay.
Other partners are the Road Fund Administration, Private Sector Road safety Forum, National Road Safety Council and City Police.
Activities will start this Friday and end on 17 January 2017, and include a focus on passenger safety and the Safe Journey to School programme. Seatbelt usage by passengers will be enforced by law-enforcement agencies throughout the country, while the number of passengers in vehicles will be monitored to discourage overloading, reads the statement.
Additionally, the conveying of persons in pick-ups will also be monitored as in terms of the Road Traffic and Transport Regulation 266.
A person may not operate a goods vehicle carrying passengers on or in the goods compartment of the vehicle on a public road, or exceeding the limit of six people.
Since the safety campaign for the 2016/2017 festive season commenced on 22 November last year, 94 lives have been lost and 894 persons have been injured in 480 crashes.
The MVA and partners said public transport will be expected to produce a passenger list and ensure that children are accounted for properly in terms of the relevant regulations.
Generally, children are not regarded when counting passengers, thus resulting in the over loading of passengers and involuntarily exposing innocent children to greater risk of injury and death in case of a road crash.
The MVA urged passengers to take responsibility for their own safety by not boarding an overloaded vehicle. The Safe Journey to School programme will as from Wednesday to Friday provide road safety marshals at and near primary schools in the Khomas Region to ensure that crossing roads does not claim any childs life and that vehicles transporting children to school are not overloaded.
Crash driver fined for double homicide
A MALAWIAN man has been fined $200 for causing the death of two minor girls after his vehicle veered off the road and overturned near Mvuma when he was on his way to attend his wife’s funeral. Charles Bishop of Moses Gama Village, Mzimba District in Malawi was driving a pick-up truck on his way home from South Africa when the accident occurred on December 19, killing two passengers.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of capable homicide when he appeared before Gweru Magistrate Judith Taruvinga. Bishop was fined $200 or to spend two months in jail if he defaults on the fine.
“I admit to the charge and the court should be lenient with me. I lost control of the vehicle and the children who died were my relatives not to mention that I was on my way to attend my wife’s funeral,” said Bishop. Taruvinga said the court had considered that Bishop was going to his wife’s funeral and was grieving at the time of the accident.
“Two children died as a result of the accident. The accused person should not have been driving in the first place since he was in grief of losing his wife. Also it is a long journey from South Africa and the accused person should have rested to avoid fatigue,” she said.
Prosecuting, Ernest Muzembi told the court that on December 19 last year at around 3AM Bishop was driving the truck which had 15 Malawians on board from South Africa to Malawi.
“On approaching the 186km peg on the Harare -Masvingo road the accused failed to keep the vehicle under control resulting in the vehicle veering to the right side of the road and overturning. “Eight people were injured while a two -year -old girl died on the spot and a four –year- old girl who was seriously injured died upon admission to Gweru Provincial Hospital. On December 21 the two deceased children were examined and their cause of death was as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident,” said Muzembi.
He said the driver was negligent. “He failed to stop or act reasonably when the accident seemed imminent and travelling at an excessive speed under the circumstances,” said Mr Muzembi. (A life worth only $100. Shameful – Ed)
Boy, 5, sole survivor as family perishes
Jan. 06 2017 By GEORGE MUGO The family’s Toyota Corolla at Lari police station on Tuesday /GEORGE MUGO
A five-year-old boy who survived a car crash that killed his entire family on New year’s Day at Magina, Lari constituency, is still admitted at AIC Kijabe Hospital.
Daniel Kamau and his family were travelling from Nakuru to Nairobi when the Toyota Corolla they were in collided head on with a Mistubishi canter. His father Ng’ang’a Nduati, mother Tabitha, siblings John and Mercy died on impact. His uncle Geoffrey Mungai also perished. “It was an ugly scene. The family had been badly injured. We only managed to remove the boy and the Canter driver,” witness John Wainaina said.
A source at the hospital, who did not want be named, yesterday said Kamau is receiving specialised treatment.
Nigeria: Mechanic kills 3 in ghastly accident
– A mechanic who drove his customer’s vehicle has killed three people in a motor accident
-The mechanic was blamed for the accident and had to run away from the scene to escape being lynched by an angry mob
– The residents had claimed that about nine people died in the accident before the figure was later clarified by an FRSC official
Three people have been left dead in a ghastly accident that occurred in Plateau state on Monday, January 2. Premium Times reports that the accident involved an SUV car, a tricycle, and two motorcycles. According to an eyewitness, a mechanic whose name is unknown caused the accident when he drove the car that belonged to his customer.
The mechanic drove it into the tricycle and the motorcycle. It was learned that the mechanic was at fault as he rammed into the tricycle and the motorcycle. The angry residents in the area thereafter set the wreckage of the vehicle ablaze and the driver ran away to save his life.
The residents claimed that about nine people died in the accident before the figure was later clarified by an FRSC official. The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Plateau, Andrew Bala, said three people died from the accident.
“The accident occurred yesterday (Monday, January 2, 2017,) afternoon along ECWA secondary school Maingo, in Bassa local government. “Three persons died on the spot. Three others who sustained injuries, our men on patrol rescued them, and they are being treated at the Evangel specialist hospital, here in Jos.
“Among the dead were two adults and a child,” he said.
Kenya: 11 die 7 injured in Kisumu road accident
– At least 11 people have died in a fatal road accident in Kisumu County
– The 7 am accident occurred when the overloaded matatu plunged into a culvert
Several learners reporting back to school are feared to be among the 11 passengers who died following a fatal matatu accident on Thursday, January 5.
The 7 am accident occurred when the overloaded matatu plunged into a culvert leading to the deaths.
The matatu is said to have been overloaded mainly with school going children reporting back for their first term when the accident occurred in Nyakach, Kisumu county.
The accident also left another seven passengers nursing serious injuries. The injured were rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital.
Sacrificial ceremony being planned as man who DIED in grisly road accident resurrects
– A man, believed to have died 5 months ago has resurrected
– His family buried his co-worker with whom he was involved in a grisly fatal road accident
A mourning family was thrown into disarray after the son they had buried a month earlier turned up at their door step.
Vincent Oyugi was presumed dead after a vehicle he had been travelling in was involved in a deadly accident in August 2016, killing three fellow workers.
“It is true that I was in the pick up but I jumped out shortly after it rolled. I got a scratch but walked away shocked and did not come back to the scene. Perhaps this led to the conclusion that I had died,” said Oyugi. The accident occurred in Ewaso Nyiro, Narok county when the pickup was headed to a local market to deliver cabbage.
The news of the grisly accident sparked off funeral arrangements which culminated in the collection and burial of a body on December 4, 2016.
“The autopsy and identification of the body was done at the Narok county hospital before we were given permission to take him home. The body was in bad shape and no DNA tests were done to ascertain if the body belonged to our kin,” said Vincent’s mother, Eunice Oyugi.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Vincent walked into his family’s compound in Kisii county and family and neighbors could not believe their eyes. His mother told of how she was farming when she received a call from her husband that their son was alive, and she did not know how to react to this news. “I had to go through the birth marks to ascertain if he truly was my son,” added Eunice. Vincent said he had been at his Narok residence the entire time, not knowing that his family had been looking for him.
“On New Year, I went to check on my brother who also lives in Narok but he ran from me as if he had seen a ghost. I am happy to be back among my family and thank God for that,” added Oyugi. However, before he can rightly resume his place in the family, certain rituals have to be performed.
Namibia: 83 die in road crashes during the holiday
News – National | 2017-01-05 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund said 83 people died in 411 vehicle crashes which left 846 injured between 1 December 2016 and 2 January 2017.
According to statistics obtained from the MVA Fund by The Namibian yesterday, the deaths increased from 67 while injuries decreased from 881 during the same period last year. The statistics also show that the number of crashes increased this year from 410 to 411.
Police deputy inspector general for operations, major general James Tjivikua, told Nampa last week that 65 of the 83 people died between 22 November and 26 December last year.
He also said the Khomas region had the highest number of crashes in November at 132, while the lowest – three crashes – were recorded in the Zambezi region. Tjivikua said Khomas also recorded the highest number of deaths at 13; followed by Otjozondjupa with 10, and Zambezi with one. Kavango East and West both recorded zero deaths.
The increase in the deaths comes after the fund implemented the 2016/2017 festive season road safety campaign that received considerable support from the business community to the amount of N$1 million.
MVA acting chief executive officer Fanuel Uugwanga was recently quoted as saying that 617 people died and 6 180 others were injured between January and 20 November last year. The police arrested 198 drivers for traffic violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding as well as driving without a valid driving licence.
A woman sustained serious head injuries after she jumped through a window of a moving commuter omnibus and fell headlong on the tarmac in Bulawayo yesterday.
Five others, including the driver, also escaped with varying degrees of injuries from the vehicle that had caught fire along Khami Road opposite Bulawayo City Council stores at around 9AM as it was heading towards New Magwegwe.
The woman panicked when she noticed the fire and jumped through the window with her baby. She sustained serious head injuries while the baby was not injured. The cause of the fire could not be established immediately, but there are suspicions that petrol was leaking from the vehicle.
Bulawayo chief fire officer Mr Richard Peterson said they rescued six people including an 11-year-old boy. All the injured people were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital.
“I can confirm that we received a report of a kombi which caught fire along Khami Road. Six people including the driver sustained injuries and were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital,” he said. “One of the passengers, a woman who was carrying a baby, jumped headlong through the window while trying to evacuate herself and sustained serious head injuries. “We are happy no one died and hope that the woman will make it. Her baby survived the incident with no injuries and that’s a plus,” said Mr Peterson.
“I would like to urge kombi operators to take people’s lives seriously by ensuring that they service their vehicles consistently. I suspect that there was a petrol leakage somewhere in the vehicle which could have been avoided.”
A kombi driver who spoke on condition of anonymity said smoke started coming from the vehicle when it was in motion.
“I was driving and noticed smoke coming out of the kombi. Within a few minutes the smoke was distracting my vision and I had to park my vehicle by the roadside. By the time I got out of my kombi, the other kombi was in flames though the driver managed to escape with some injuries,” he said.
“The Fire and Ambulance Services crew made it on time and they managed to extinguish the fire.” The Chronicle
Passengers thrown out one by one as commuter omnibus over turns
by Simbarashe Sithole 4th January 2017
Photo: Unity Sibanda: ‘these bandages are as a result of a speeding and overloaded commuter omnibus’
A speeding Muzarabani bound ‘Nemhaz’ kombi, overloaded with passengers and groceries burst a rear tyre in Mvurwi Mashonaland Central province yesterday (Tuesday).
The driver identified as Godfrey Nhambure lost control and passengers were thrown out as it over turned. Seven male adults and four female were admitted at Mvurwi hospital but have since been discharged today (Wednesday). “It was a sad experience because l lost control when the rear tyre burst and the kombi overturned all l can remember is passengers were thrown out one by one,” said the driver.
When Bulawayo24.com visited Mvurwi hospital where the injured had been ferried, one of the victims, Unity Sibanda, denounced the kombi owner for neglecting their medical bills.
“You see these bandages are as a result of a speeding and overloaded commuter omnibus. Surprisingly the kombi owner did not cater for our medical bills and l lost some of my valuables in this accident,” lamented Sibanda.
All groceries belonged to one passengers
Meanwhile, the commuter omnibus loaded from Mbare, Harare and passed through six police roadblocks up to the scene of the accident but was let go reportedly because of corruption.
Passengers blasted corrupt police officers as perpetrators of major road accidents.
Calm has been restored in Muruguru after residents blocked the Nyeri-Karatina road to protest rising accidents. The residents barricaded the road using stones and bonfires and urged the Kenya National Highway Authority to erect speed bumps to reduce the number of accidents. Police cleared the debris and put out the bonfires.
Muruguru MCA Mwangi Kibuu said many people had been knocked down and killed in the area by speeding vehicles especially on the stretch between the KenGen junction and Gatitu shopping centre. He said the most recent person killed there was a 55-year-old man on December 26.
“We are tired of having regular funerals in the village. Our youth are also getting tired of digging graves. We want action and we are demanding it. Next week we will dig trenches to ensure vehicles do not speed,” said John Muriu, a resident.
Nyeri Central Assistant County Commissioner John Marete told the protesters he would make sure the matter is sorted out.
11 killed on Western Cape roads over New Year’s weekend
4th Jan 2017 James de Villiers, News24
21 injured in another Mpumalanga crash
4th January 2017 Jenni Evans, News24
Cape Town – Twenty-one people were injured, one critically, in a third serious crash in Mpumalanga on Monday. Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said a taxi and two bakkies crashed at around 16:30 on Roossenekal Road in Lydenberg.
Private and provincial emergency services worked alongside each other to treat those injured. The critically injured patient was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
12 people have been left injured this morning after a taxi rear-ended a delivery vehicle on the N1 south-bound after the Rvonia turn-off in Rivonia, Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi and delivery van in the slow lane of the highway.
Several occupants from the taxi were found walking around on the scene while one patient was found lying trapped inside the taxi. Local authorities closed off the slow lane while rescue services used the jaws-of-life equipment to free the man from the taxi.
Once freed, paramedics found that 11 patients had sustained minor to moderate injuries while the patient that had been entrapped was in a serious condition. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the seriously injured patient with advanced life support interventions.
Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. No-one from the delivery vehicle sustained any injuries.
Tema motorway accident leaves scores injured
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com 3rd Jan 2017
An unconfirmed number of people have lost their lives after a 23-seater bus skidded off the Tema-bound section of the Accra-Tema motorway Monday morning, injuring scores.
The Sprinter bus, with Registration number GM 3912-13, is said to have had burst one of its tires and skidded off the road into the bushes.
Joy News’ Gifty Andoh Appiah, who visited the scene, reports parts the road had been covered with the blood some of the injured passengers.
She said the severed leg of one of the passengers on the bus had been covered with leaves. Police and Fire Service personnel were on the scene to wash off the blood and restore traffic but they could not confirm the number of casualties.
While some eyewitnesses put the death toll at one, others said three.
14 people were left injured this morning after a taxi overturned on the N12 near the Atlas turn-off in Boksburg. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 05h30 this morning and found the taxi lying on its side on the fast lane of the highway. Several passengers from the taxi were found were found standing along the roadside barriers.
Upon assessment, paramedics found that a total 14 patients had been injured in this incident. All 14 patients were found to have sustained only minor injuries. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Sunshine Hospital for further treatment.
The driver of the taxi was assessed and found to have escaped injury. It is understood that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
Three family members died while three others were injured yesterday when a vehicle they were travelling in burst a front tyre and overturned at Insuza along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.
The accident occurred at the 71km peg at about 3.30PM.
Bulawayo Fire Brigade senior divisional officer Mr Linos Phiri yesterday said the car which was involved in the accident had six members of a Harare family on board who were travelling to Victoria Falls on holiday.
“Six family members from Borrowdale in Harare were on board the Toyota Hilux when its front tyre burst resulting in the car overturning at the 71km peg in Insuza along the Bulawayo- Victoria Falls highway.
“Three people died on the spot while three others were injured. One of the injured was trapped in the car and extricated by the Fire Brigade crew at about 4.30 PM,” said Mr Phiri.
He said those who died were aged 10, 12 and 30 years. The injured were rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo. The Insuza accident puts the road accident death toll to seven since New Year’s Day and 35 since Christmas Day.
Police had earlier yesterday said four people died in road traffic accidents on New Year’s Day. One hundred and eighty five crashes have occurred since December 25.
Auto crashes claim six lives in Lagos, Katsina
Ogun State FRSC’s Sector Commander, Mr. Clement Oladele, gave the confirmation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sagamu. He said the accident, which occurred around 2:00 pm could have been caused by over-speeding.
“The accident, which involved a black Honda CRV with registration number KRD 933DD and White Daf Trailer with registration number JJJ 107 XD, was caused by route violation and speed limit violation. “The accident involved five persons, two male and three female, in which one male and one female got injured while the male and two female died.”
Oladele explained that the injured and the dead were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu. The sector commander advised motorists to avoid speeding and also to obey traffic rules and regulations.
Katsina State Sector Commander, Abdu Bagadawa, said the Karfi accident involved a Volkswagen bus with registration number KTU 203 AA with 15 passengers on board. He explained that the vehicle skided-off the road to the bush when the driver attempted to dodge a pothole while on high speed. The three passengers died on the spot while the remaining passengers who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to Malumfashi General Hospital for medical treatment.
The sector commander urged motorists to desist from excessive speed and abide by traffic rules and regulations. He called on drivers who were yet to install the speed limit device to do so for the safety of their passengers.
7 killed as vehicles burst into flames after head-on crash
Johannesburg – Seven people were killed and five were injured after their vehicles burst into flames following a collision in Elandsfontein on New Year’s Day, paramedics said.
Five others survived with injuries ranging from serious to minor. They were treated on the scene before being taken to hospital for further care.
Bloody Christmas: 187 people killed road accidents – FRSC
1st January 2017
– FRSC says the number of deaths were recorded in 289 road accidents across the length and breadth of Nigeria
– The statement also said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive
A total of 187 people died in road accidents during the last Christmas celebrations across Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has revealed. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC said it recorded this number of deaths in 289 crashes that occurred during last weekend’s Christmas celebrations.
This revelation was made by FRSC’s head media relations and strategy Bisi Kazeem to journalists in a statement.Kazeem said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive.
“In the same vein, 9,619 offenders were arrested for 10,970 offences with 1,426 offenders arraigned in mobile courts. “1,292 people were convicted, while five were imprisoned and 129 of them discharged,” he said in a review of the period.
The statistics, he noted, was recorded during the assessment of traffic situation within the nine-day nationwide patrol along designated routes of the nation’s highways.
NAIJ.com recalls that the FRSC had warned against reckless driving during the yuletide.
It attributed majority of accidents that occur during the festival period to reckless driving and night journeys which exposes travellers to dangers. Mr Arinze Igwe, the FRSC Ilesa unit commander on Friday, December 23, said night travellers were exposed to the dangers of armed robbers, potholes, grounded vehicles among others causes of accidents.
Naivasha accident victim is laid to rest
A 38-year-old mother of three who was killed in the Naivasha accident on December 10 was laid to rest on Thursday in Gakoe village, Githunguri subcounty.
Leaders called for a kitty to support Grace Njenga’s family. Njenga was a businesswoman and had gone to Subukia for a dowry ceremony of her her eldest brother. She was killed on her way back to Kiambu in the accident that killed 43 people.
Ngewa MCA Karungo Wa Thang’wa, former Limuru MP George Nyanja and other leaders attended the burial.
Te leaders said more emphasis should be put to enhance road safety. “Kenyans have a lot of questions and more should be done to enhance road safety. Signs should be erected and stringent measures taken to implement rules as well as eliminating corruption,” Nyanja said.
Thang’wa said Kiambu county has an emergency kitty and the money should help the families of the victims. “Some of the victims had schoolchildren who need assistant,” he said. Thang’wa said both the national and county governments should invest in disaster preparedness.
Njega’s family thanked the government for employing technology to identify bodies, which had been burned beyond recognition. Njega’s body was identified through DNA.