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Kenya in shock as road crashes kill over 39


Police and onlookers at the scene of an accident at Sa

Police and onlookers at the scene of an accident at Sachang’wan on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway on December 12, 2017. Sixteen people were killed in the crash that involved several vehicles. More than 60 injured were taken to hospital. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Nation Team

The National Transport and Safety Authority was under fire Tuesday evening after more than 40 people were killed in road accidents within 24 hours, 16 of them at the Sachang’wan black spot on Tuesday morning.

Nineteen others had died in a multiple-car accident in Bungoma County on Monday, while four lost their lives in Machakos County on the same day.

The horrific Jamhuri Day accident on the Sachang’wan-Salgaa stretch brought to 40 the number of lives lost on the killer 15-kilometre stretch in the last 42 days. More than 64 survivors were rushed to various hospitals.

It happened right under the noses of an NTSA crew which, witnesses said, was chasing after a truck ferrying logs from Congo towards Nakuru 15 minutes to noon. But the authority’s director-general, Mr Francis Meja, denied the claim, saying their vehicle was parked 500 metres away from the accident spot.

Mr Meja said his officers, who were doing patrols on the Salgaa-Sachang’wan stretch, only spotted the truck speeding past them and opted to follow it after by-standers raised the alarm. “It is then that the team dispatched the driver with one officer to warn motorists to clear the way. We had our strobe lights and sirens on,” said Mr Meja. “Unfortunately, the driver (of the truck) could not negotiate a corner, and thus rammed oncoming vehicles.”

A Great Rift Valley shuttle driver, Mr Ayub Kinyanjui, who survived the accident, said he saw an NTSA vehicle chasing the trailer before the accident occurred. “The driver appeared to engage the brakes but the truck swerved and hit the Modern Coast bus,” Mr Kinyanjui told the Nation at the scene.

But the assistant county commissioner for Sachang’wan, Mr Peter Mutiso, said the NTSA vehicle was trying to clear the road after it noticed the trailer had developed a mechanical problem.

TRUCK “The NTSA surveillance vehicle was in front of the truck and was leading it for about 500 metres from the scene of the accident as it tried to clear the way for other motorists,” he said, his statement contradicting the explanation by Mr Meja.

Nakuru county police commander Hassan Barua said investigations would establish if the claims against the NTSA crew were true.

The brakes of the truck are suspected to have failed after it hit bumps as it descended the tricky stretch. It veered off its lane, ramming a Modern Coast bus headed in the Eldoret direction and killing several passengers.

The impact triggered a chain reaction involving several other vehicles, reducing some to shells. A second truck that was ferrying salt, three passenger shuttles, six private vehicles and a pick-up truck were involved in the pile-up.

15 BODIES The Nation team counted at least 15 bodies at the scene of the accident. Rift Valley traffic enforcement officer Ziro Arome said they were all taken to Molo Sub-County Hospital mortuary. A ten-year-old boy succumbed to injuries on arrival at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, bringing the toll to 16.

No word, other than “horrific”, could describe the scene, with dismembered bodies strewn all over the road. More bodies were trapped in the vehicles stretching about a kilometre. Various teams, including the Kenya Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance, the county government, and Mediheal Hospital, carried out a combined rescue and retrieval effort.

Mr David Njenga, a businessman who was travelling from Nakuru to Kampala on the Modern Coast bus, said he was sitting at the front seat next to the driver when he saw the truck bearing down on them. It rammed the bus from the right side, tearing passengers off the bus as it swept other vehicles behind it. The bus conductor was among the dead.

KAMARA ACCIDENT The crash happened just three days after another accident at Kamara on the deadly stretch claimed the lives of seven people, among them five local artistes.

In the past two months alone more than five grisly accidents have happened along the Ngata-Kamara stretch, which covers Ngata, Sobea, Migaa, Salgaa, Sachang’wan, Total, Mau Summit and Kamara.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, speaking at the scene, said the carnage was a sad affair. “We pray for the families of the departed and ask all road users to exercise extreme caution and follow traffic laws to avoid further loss of lives,” he said.

Just hours earlier, in Bungoma, 19 people had perished after several vehicles piled onto a crash involving a matatu and a stalled tractor at Kamukuywa Bridge.

STERN ACTION Bungoma North police boss Eliud Okello said 14 people had died on the spot, while Webuye Sub-County Hospital superintendent, Dr Wambasi Mutoro, clarified that five more died while undergoing treatment at the facility.

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Kenya Police Service to take stern action against motorists flouting traffic rules, especially during this festive season. The same Monday evening four people died and two others sustained serious injuries when the matatu they were travelling in had a burst and veered off the road at Kwa Makaa trading centre on the busy Nairobi-Garissa highway in Yatta sub-county.

Reporting by Caroline Wafula, Joseph Openda, Magdalene Wanja, Titus Oteba, Gastone Valusi, Reitz Mureithi, Peter Mburu, and Linet Amuli

Police: At least 13 dead in multi-vehicle accident in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say at least 13 people have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway outside the capital, Nairobi.

Nakuru County Police Commander Hassan Barua says a speeding truck swerved and rammed an oncoming bus before hitting two vans and other vehicles on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway at a place called Sachangwan. He says dozens of people were hospitalized.

The accident rate in East African towns tends to rise during the festive season, with police citing drunk driving and speeding. On Saturday, 30 people were killed in two accidents in central Kenya.

In his Independence Day speech on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged drivers to be cautious.

Road accidents claim over 80 lives in 3 days

By Mercy Asamba 13th December 2017

The Sachagwan road accident that claimed over 30 lives. (Photo: Courtesy)

Over 30 people have been killed and scores injured in yet another grisly road accident involving Modern Coast bus and 13 other vehicles at Sachagwan along Nakuru-Eldoret Highway. The accident happened after a truck driver who was being chased by NTSA lost control of the vehicle and hit oncoming vehicles, Modern Coast Bus, four Nissan matatus, a truck and several other private vehicles resulting to the deaths.

On Monday night, an accident at Kamukuywa bridge along Webuye-Kitale Road claimed 19 lives. The crash left scores injured after several vehicles were involved in multiple accidents. In an interview, the Bungoma North OCPD Eliud Okello told The Standard that a matatu rammed into a tractor that was transporting sugar cane at Kamukuywa Bridge. Several other vehicles including lorries and private vehicles were also involved in the pile-up.

The reports indicate over 50 lives have been claimed by road accidents in a span of three days and scores injured. On Tuesday morning, three people died in a road accident involving a 14-seater matatu plying the Nairobi- Kitui route at Kwa Makaa along Thika-Matuu Road.

On Saturday, 14 people died in a  road accident at Moinonin area along Marigat-Loruk Road in Baringo County on Saturday afternoon. According to witnesses, an Administration Police lorry veered off the road and rolled several times killing 23 people who had boarded the truck to Kapedo from Marigat town. Baringo AP Commandant Mr Robinson Ndiwa said the vehicle was heading back to Kapedo but carried some civilians along the way. On board were five Administration Policemen who sustained injuries. They were rushed to Kabarnet Hospital by Military personnel who were using the route.

Six hours later, lives of seven promising local artists from the Rift Valley Region were cut short in another tragic road accident at Kamara area along Nakuru Eldoret Highway. The artists were traveling from Kericho town heading to perform at lloti area in Equator before the 7.30pm Saturday crash.

The accident according to the Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement Officer, Zero Arome, involved four vehicles among them a Toyota Probox, a Toyota Wish, double cabin pick-up and a lorry.

The artists, five men and two women were traveling in the Probox vehicle registration number KCJ158P. Mr Arome said the driver of the Probox that was heading towards Eldoret town and had tried to overtake a vehicle that was headed in the same direction and collided with the lorry that was headed towards Nakuru, killing the seven on spot.

Weekend road crashes claim 21 lives

Weekend road crashes claim 21 lives
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Twenty one people died on Saturday in two separate accidents that also claimed the life of a popular Kalenjin musician and six of his dancers.

In the first incident, 14 people among them police officers died on the spot after a truck they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled several times near Moinonin trading centre on the Marigat-Loruk road.

The police officers, stationed at Kapedo, had gone to Marigat town to buy foodstuff. Witnesses said the police truck was trying to avoid hitting a goat when the driver lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and rolling several times. OCPD Baringo Central Eliud Njeru said those dead were a boy, girl, ten women and two men.

“Five AP officers survived the accident with serious injuries,” he said. Those injured are receiving treatment at Marigat District Hospital while those with critical injuries were transferred to Baringo Referral Hospital in Kabarnet for specialised treatment.

At the same time, the music industry is mourning the death of fast-rising Kalenjin singer Josphat Keneny, of the popular Keneny International Band, who died in an accident that also claimed the lives of his dancers.

Keneny was traveling with his colleague, known as Nico En Embassy by his stage-name, when the accident took place near Kamara on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement Officer Zero Arome said Keneny’s vehicle was overtaking when it collided head-on with an oncoming truck.

“The driver must have underestimated the distance and speed of the oncoming vehicle before making the fatal move, leading to the death of the seven,” he said. Interestingly, Nico appeared to have had a premonition following a chilling message posted on his Facebook page on December 3.

In the message, the artist wonders whether his loved ones will stand by him at his death, when it knocks the door. “Sometimes you need to be alone in a peaceful and silent environment to think about your life and the people to call loved ones.

Will he/she stand with you when you are sick or when you’re pronounced dead? Will he/she have the courage to sit beside your coffin during your burial?” he wondered.

Keneny and his band were due to perform at Keellu Resort in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County. At Koriema, on the Kabarnet-Marigat road, a Kenya Wildlife Service bus was involved in an accident, leaving its occupants with multiple injuries.

Bomet county government to assist families as they plan for burial of Kamara road accident victims

12th December 2017

Bomet governor, Dr. Joyce Laboso sent a message of condolence to the family and friends of musicians who perished in a road accident at Kamara in Molo along the Nakuru Eldoret highway. Dr. Laboso said she learnt of the demise of the Musicians from Bomet County with shock and dismay.

The musicians had on many occasions performed during county events including during the swearing in of governor Laboso. The governor said the county government shall stand with the families during this difficult moment and has instructed government officers to assess the immediate needs and respond accordingly even before a funeral committee is put in place

Three killed in highway head-on

by Staff reporter 11th December 2017

THREE people died and 19 others were injured when a Toyota Gaia collided head on with an Isuzu Como commuter omnibus along the Gweru-Zvishavane Road yesterday.

The accident occurred at around 9.15am at the 23,5km peg when the Shurugwi-bound Toyota Gaia, which had two people on board, collided head on with the Gweru-bound Isuzu Como commuter omnibus carrying 20 people.

Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said she was yet to get details of the accident.”I will get hold of the responsible office and furnish you with the details,” she said.

A police source told our Midlands Bureau that on approaching the 23,5km peg, the driver of the Isuzu Como commuter omnibus owned by Mhangami Tours, trading as Zebra Transport, tried to overtake at a continuous line ahead of the oncoming Toyota GaiaThe source said the driver of the Gaia swerved to the left and veered off the road to avoid the head-on, but the driver of the commuter omnibus lost control of the vehicle and also swerved in the same direction, resulting in the collision.

The commuter omnibus overturned and landed on its roof, while the Toyota Gaia also overturned and landed on its wheels.”Three people, one from the commuter omnibus and two from the Toyota Gaia died on the spot as a result of the collision,” said a police source.

“Seven people whose condition was stable were taken to Shurugwi District Hospital, while 12 others whose condition was reported to be serious were ferried to Gweru Provincial Hospital.”

Gweru Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent Doctor Fabian Mashingaidze confirmed attending to the 12 accident victims.

A witness, Mr Dumisani Moyo, said the driver of the commuter omnibus was speeding.

14 killed in grisly road accident in west Kenya

10 December 2017 

 At least 14 people were killed and others seriously injured on Saturday after a police truck rolled over along Marigat-Loruk road in Baringo county in west Kenya. (This is tragic but if the police cannot access safe transport what hope is there for the ordinary citizen? – Ed).

Baringo Administration Police Commandant Robinson Ndiwa confirmed the incident saying the truck was returning to Kapedo from Marigat town where the police officers and residents had gone for shopping.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road. There were five police officers aboard the vehicle and an unknown number of civilians,” Ndiwa said.  The police commander confirmed that a child was among those killed in the incident which left three police officers seriously injured.

“We have rushed the injured to the hospital. The police officers had gone to Marigat town to buy foodstuffs and were involved in the accident on their way back to Kapedo,” Ndiwa said.

We have not established people on board because we are told we had several children whose number was not established now that the evacuation was conducted by KDF soldiers,” he said. Bodies of those deceased were taken to Kabarnet hospital morgue for identification and postmortem.

According to the commandant, the civilians requested the AP officers to give them a ride to Kapedo, because of lack of public transport along that route. “It is normal for civilians in this area to hike a ride on government vehicles especially those for security personnel because of the insecurity in the region and lack of public transport,” the officer said. The lorry was also ferrying various food items and personal belongings for the civilians.

Five perish 12 injured in accident on Accra-Kumasi highway

Five people lost their lives last Monday when two vehicles collided at Kubease on the Accra-Kumasi highway.

The deceased include drivers of the KIA Grand Bird bus, with registration number GT 3335-16 which was travelling from Accra to Kumasi, and a Man Diesel cargo truck, with registration number GR2307-W, which was headed towards Accra.

 Help. Both vehicles were mangled beyond recognition, a situation which caused heavy vehicular traffic on the road. The police had to seek the assistance of personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to retrieve the bodies and the injured from the mangled bus. It also took personnel from the National Road Safety Commission a while to clear the debris off the road to allow for easy flow of traffic.MTTD. The Ejisu Divisional Police Commander of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr George Owusu Aboagye, told the Daily Graphic that the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m.He said the police suspected that the driver of the passenger bus  might  have slept off and veered off his lane onto the lane of the cargo truck. ASP Aboagye said the impact of the collision was such that the drivers died on the spot.

2,000 people die in road accidents every year – RTSA

Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko says approximately 2,000 people die in road accidents on average every year in Zambia.

And Soko says all goods vehicle operators who wish to operate at night should apply to the agency for scrutiny.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka,  Soko said road accidents still claim many lives despite the agency putting in place measures put improve road safety.

“Road traffic accidents have continued to be the leading challenged for the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) despite the many interventions we are putting in place in an effort to improve the country’s road safety profile. Statistics that we are recording are of great concern not only to the agency but the country at large,” Soko said.

“Road traffic crashes kill approximately 2,000 people on average every year in Zambia and injure or disable more. The agency has recorded a reduction of 20 percent in road traffic crashes from January to September 2017, compared to the same period last year.”

And Soko said not all transporters of goods will be allowed to operate at night, as RTSA will only grant passage to the fright operators who will meet the set conditions.

“Just to explain that as much as SI 76 has been revised and I think now it has gone for gazetting, until the gazette period is over then it comes into effect. Definitely when you look at that particular SI, there is a clause where actually all operators of fright or goods vehicles will have to meet certain conditions that are set out by ourselves as RTSA. One of these conditions is the work place road safety policy. In this work place road safety policy, there are also conditions that have to do with the fitting of the global positioning system or GPS, there issues to do with driver tagging that will be able to control issues to do with driver fatigue and driver hours,” Soko said.

“Further to that, we have trucks that will be now moving in the night. What that means is that passengers will now be trying to hike those trucks so that they can go to their points of destination. Having such a scenario, we have already analysed the situation and we will be able to enforce that these trucks do not carry passengers because they were not meant to carry passengers. And what we are saying is that there will be a zero tolerance. RTSA will be left with no option but to revoke such a license and prevent them from killing people.”

Meanwhile Soko said government has been denied the much needed revenue and taxes from pirate transporters.

“other areas we intend to go after are illegal passenger and goods operators commonly known as pirates. As we are aware these have continued to deny government the much needed revenue in taxes as well as giving the registered operators unfair competition,” he said.

At the same event, the agency received a contribution of K100 000 and six breathalysers worth about 60,000 Rands from the Zambia Breweries company for the purposes of drink driving testing.  

Uber taxi operations start to take hold in Dar es Salaam

Uber is a transport service offered through a mobile phone application. It was launched in
Dar es Salaam on June 16, 2016, being the 475th city to use Uber as an alternative form of

“We are proud to launch Uber in Tanzania at such an exciting point in this growing economy. As the infrastructure of Dar es Salaam rapidly urbanises, so the demand for affordable, easy and flexible transport grows. Uber will create this solution. We have set the standard for connecting people to world-class affordable and reliable rides at the touch of a button.

“Our service complements existing transport options, so we can all work together to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of transport in the city,” says Alon Lits, Uber General Manager in Sub-Saharan Africa, in a statement during the launch.
Boarding experience When one opens the Uber app from anywhere in Dar es Salaam, he can check on a driver who can, in turn, accept the request. The would-be passenger can see a cost estimate of the trip, the driver’s first name, photo and license number of the vehicle.

The driver also sees his rider’s photo and name. The rider/driver can also check whether others had a good experience with the driver. A driver can also have this information.
“With Uber it’s easy to calculate your daily transport costs. I think the cost estimate is fair and standard compared to when we had to board taxis going to a similar destination but paying a different unreasonable price. It’s also comfortable, predictable and guarantees safety,” says Kassim Mwanahonda, a regular Uber rider.

He also applauded the feedback system that both the customer/driver are required to provide to Uber after the ride. He believes it’s a way of ensuring accountability.
Business side of it Uber has given drivers a chance to take out the hassle of looking for passengers. It has made them flexible and independent.

“The arrangement Uber has with a driver is one that is contractual and not an employer-employee relationship,” says Alfredo Msemo, Uber country manager. He further elaborates that a driver just pays user fee for utilising the technology that is 25 percent
of his earnings.

“I have ridden in many Ubers whereby a driver is a full-time employee. So, as he is on his way to work in the morning he switches on his Uber and picks customers that are heading to his destination likewise in the evening as he heads home,” says Janet Mbelwa, a regular Uber rider.

“Uber has created more than a 1,000 economic opportunities. These are people who are either driving part-time or full time or involved somewhere in the value chain,” says Alfred Msemo. Riders are charged Sh466 per kilometer or Sh45 per minute.

Tricycle riders bemoan high cost of maintenance

7th December 2017

The union’s secretary in Enugu said that due to the economic recession, the cost of spare parts had double

BajajBajaj tricycle

`Ugboezeji’ Tricycle Union in Abakpa, Enugu, said on Tuesday that the rising cost of maintenance of their vehicles was driving many members out of business.

The union’s secretary, Mr Innocent Onyemaobi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu due to the economic recession, the cost of spare parts had doubled, making it tougher for some to continue in business.

“In the past, tricycle engine block was N7,000 and crankshaft N6,000; but now, they are N15,000 and N14,000 respectively.” “Those riding on hire purchase hardly make it, as the price of tricycle has skyrocketed to N700,000 from between N400,000 and N450,000.”

“When we talk of the cost of fueling the tricycle, you can see that the business can only serve your daily feeding and not take care of your family.’’

Onyemaobi commended the Enugu East Local Government Council for being upright in their dealings with the union. “We are not having issues of double payment for toll ticket which is N150 daily.” Nevertheless, he urged the government to assist tricycle operators by making more tricycles available on hire purchase through poverty alleviation schemes.

“The cost of buying tricycles from individuals can be too high, but buying from the government should make it more affordable.” “These days, the high cost of maintenance, fueling and other things make it difficult for operators to accept hire purchase from individuals.’’

Two people die in tragic road accident along the Kisumu – Siaya highway

6th December 2017

‘Govt to blame for Tsholotsho accident’

by Staff reporter 6th December 2017

THE MDC has blamed the government for the death of 21 workers who perished in the Tsholotsho accident on Saturday, saying the Health ministry carelessly overloaded people and equipment in the vehicl

MDC Matabeleland North chairperson, Leonard Mhlanga said the party was deeply saddened by the deaths of members of the Matabeleland North malaria control team in a fatal road traffic accident while being ferried to work in an overloaded government truck along the Tsholotsho-Sipepa Road.

“We convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved families in the Lupane-Tsholotsho communities. We pray they find peace and comfort in the Lord during this difficult time. We also extend our sympathies to the injured workers, wishing them a speedy recovery,” he said.

“MDC is convinced that this tragedy could have been avoided, had it not been for gross negligence on the part of the Ministry of Health. Allowing a drunk driver to get behind the wheel and overloading the truck with both people and goods shows gross incompetence and how little government values human life.” He said his party was calling for justice for the victims.

“We call for financial compensation to all the affected families who in one swoop have lost hardworking men and women, breadwinners, parents and loved ones. “The MDC also takes this opportunity to remind the general public and motorists to practice extreme caution on the roads, particularly as we approach the festive season to avoid unnecessary loss of life,” Mhlanga said. “Most importantly, we appeal to the government to urgently attend to the bad state of our roads which have become death traps for motorists.”

The remarks came after at least 30 survivors of the Tsholotsho road accident were discharged from hospital. This was confirmed by Matabeleland North provincial medical director, Nyasha Masuka on Monday.

The government has declared the accident a national disaster, meaning there will be State-assisted funerals for the deceased, while the injured would have their medical bills settled by the State.

Namibia: Ten die in Okahandja accident

by Staff Reporter

TEN people died as a result of a road accident 20 kilometers outside Okahandja, on the road to Karibib, last night.

“Nine people, including a baby, perished at the scene while the tenth person died later,” said chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi in a police report today. Shikwambi said the victims have not yet been identified as many have burnt beyond recognition.

“We appeal to the family members of those who were involved in the Okahandja-Karibib accident to visit the Windhoek police mortuary and submit DNA samples for recognition purposes. Warrant officer Shatipamba can be contacted on 081 273 5188,” Shikwambi said.

According to reports, the two vehicles were involved in a high speed head-on collision and both cars burst into flames after impact. Shikwambi cautioned motorists to adhere to the rules of the road.

“Road accidents can never be over emphasised and therefore, as a police force, we continue to caution and remind all motorists to uphold the rules and regulations of the road; to rest when they are fatigued and to avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol,” she said. Shikwambi appealed to the public to cooperate to stop road accidents and fatalities over the festive season.

Court orders $60,000 bus crash death compensation

by Staff reporter 5th December 2017

 THE High Court has ordered a Bulawayo bus company to pay $60 000 in damages to a family of a Gwanda teacher who was killed in an accident. Mr Rejoice Bhebhe and four other passengers died when the car they were travelling in collided head on with an AVM bus belonging to P&H Investments (Pvt). The accident happened in  January 2010 along the Gwanda-Bulawayo road. The driver of the bus, Mr Rabson Sibanda, encroached onto the lane of oncoming traffic resulting in the collision.

The ruling by retired Bulawayo High Court Judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha follows an application by Bhebhe’s widow, Mrs Sanele Bhebhe, citing P&H Investments and Mr Sibanda as defendants. Mrs Bhebhe through her lawyers, Phulu and Ncube, sought an order directing the bus company to pay her $180 000 in damages for loss of support following the death of her husband.


Justice Kamocha however awarded $60 000. “It is not in dispute that the plaintiff lost support from the deceased who was a school teacher. In addition to his salary, the deceased also made money as a cross-border trader during weekends by buying and selling wares from South Africa. In my view damages in the sum of  $60 000 is fair in the circumstances,” ruled the judge.

In papers before the court, Mrs Bhebhe said on January 29 in 2010 at about 2.45PM, her husband was a passenger in a South African registered Ford Sierra which was heading to Bulawayo. Mr Sibanda, who was speeding, encroached onto the lane of oncoming traffic as he tried to overtake at a blind rise resulting in the head on with the Ford Sierra. Mrs Bhebhe said the accident was due to negligence by Mr Sibanda. “The accident was caused by the negligence of the second defendant (Mr Sibanda) who failed to act reasonably when the accident seemed imminent. “He overtook at a blind rise and failed to keep the vehicle under proper control, consequently my husband died in the crash together with four other persons,” said Mrs Bhebhe.

The bus company through its lawyers, Calderwood, Bryce Hendrie and Partners, denied that it was solely to blame for negligence. “The second defendant was not the sole cause of the accident. “There was contributory negligence by the driver of the motor vehicle in which the deceased was a passenger,” said the bus company lawyers.

Mnangagwa declares Tsholotsho accident, national disaster

by Staff reporter 4th December 2017 President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday declared an accident that occurred in Tsholotsho on Saturday, killing 21 people, a state of national disaster, Government announced last night.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, made the announcement.  He said the decision was made after the Government considered the gravity of the accident.

The declaration allows the various Government arms to mobilise resources to assisting the deceased and the injured.

The deceased were members of a team of mosquito sprayers and health technicians from Matabeleland North who were on official duty.

Horror lorry crash in Tsholotsho 21 dead 48 injured

by Staff reporter 4th December 2017

Below: Malaria control team before the crash.The malaria control team before the crash

TWENTY-ONE health workers died while 48 others were injured when a Matabeleland North Provincial Malaria Control vehicle they were travelling in failed to negotiate a curve and overturned before landing on its roof in Tsholotsho on Saturday. The accident occurred at around 4PM at the 35KM peg along the Tsholotsho-Sipepa Road near Jimila Centre.

Some passengers were trapped under the Nissan UD truck for more than seven hours as villagers battled to rescue them. A survivor said the 28-year-old driver who is among the injured, had been speeding when the accident occurred.

The accident victims were members of a Ministry of Health and Child Care’s Malaria Control programme team that was on duty in the province. They were coming from Nkayi on their way to Jimila Clinic in Tsholotsho and the accident occurred about 300 metres away from their final destination.

National Police Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident and said investigations were underway. “Police would like to confirm the death of 21 people who were killed in a fatal road accident that occurred in Tsholotsho. “The accident occurred after the driver of a Nissan UD truck that was travelling to Tsholotsho with 69 passengers on board failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, which veered off to the right and overturned several times before landing on its roof. “Fifteen people died on the spot while six others died on admission at Tsholotsho District Hospital,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said bodies of the deceased were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital mortuary while the injured were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital and the United Bulawayo Hospitals. “Names of the deceased will be released in due course,” he said. Chief Supt Nyathi urged drivers to safeguard lives on the road.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at around 11AM yesterday, Tsholotsho South MP, Zenzo Sibanda, was one of those who were at the scene, which is in Tsholotsho North where Professor Jonathan Moyo was the MP before he was recalled from Parliament last week.

Mr Wilcot Nkomo, who survived the accident and had been taken to Tsholotsho District Hospital after the accident also came to the scene with members of his family who had travelled from Bulawayo.

In an interview, Mr Nkomo said he was lucky to be alive as the driver had been speeding. He said the truck driver drank “too much” beer in Lupane and they had cautioned him against speeding on the way to Tsholotsho to no avail.

Mr Nkomo said when the accident occurred, he was thrown out of the vehicle through the windscreen, while five others and the driver remained trapped for hours.  Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director Dr Nyasha Masuka said the team died while on national duty.

“This team embarked on the malaria control programme on October 1 and had been left with two districts, Tsholotsho and Umguza. It’s unfortunate this mishap happened in the midst of malaria control,” he said. Dr Masuka said two of the injured people were in the intensive care unit at Mpilo Central Hospital.

He said 11 others suffered severe head injuries while the rest of the victims were in stable conditions. We managed to buy special medications for the 17 who were critical and have since sourced other medications from our hospitals within the province,” he said.

The Provincial Administrator, Ms Lathiso Dlamini, said it was sad the incident had robbed the nation of dedicated health workers. “The province has lost health personnel and it is sad to note that the 21 have passed on while serving the nation. We pray the death toll doesn’t increase and as the Civil Protection Unit, we are doing all we can to assist the victims,” she said.

A witness, Mr Busani Mpunzi, who lives near the accident scene said his heart skipped a beat when he saw the truck approaching the curve while speeding. The driver was seriously speeding and I feared for the passengers’ lives. As I watched, I saw the truck fly into the air, throwing the passengers out like litter. It occurred like I have only seen on television and I still cannot believe that I watched that happen right in front of my eyes.
“With assistance from other villagers and village heads, we struggled to retrieve the trapped people for as long as seven hours,” he said.

A local traditional leader, Chief Matupula said the community is in great shock. “We have lost a team of young people full of dreams for the future, the provincial team that had set out to save lives in the province. This indeed is a disaster not only to us as a district but the province as a whole. “We thank the whole village and village heads who worked well into the night with assistance from civil servants from Jimila and Tsholotsho to take the injured to hospital and to assist to retrieve the trapped victims,” he said.

The chief said he hoped authorities will investigate to ensure a similar accident does not happen again in the area. “Motorists should learn not to dice with lives at the two sharp corners at Jimila Centre as countless accidents have been witnessed there. Maybe the [department] of roads should consider putting [speed] humps to complement the road signs, as well as to force drivers to reduce speed at those points,” said Chief Matupula.


TWENTY-ONE health workers died while 48 others were injured when a Matabeleland North Provincial Malaria Control vehicle they were travelling in failed to negotiate a curve and overturned before landing on its roof in Tsholotsho on Saturday.

The accident occurred at around 4PM at the 35KM peg along the Tsholotsho-Sipepa Road near Jimila Centre.

Some passengers were trapped under the Nissan UD truck for more than seven hours as villagers battled to rescue them.

A survivor said the 28-year-old driver who is among the injured, had been speeding when the accident occurred.

The accident victims were members of a Ministry of Health and Child Care’s Malaria Control programme team that was on duty in the province.

They were coming from Nkayi on their way to Jimila Clinic in Tsholotsho and the accident occurred about 300 metres away from their final destination.

National Police Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident and said investigations were underway.

“Police would like to confirm the death of 21 people who were killed in a fatal road accident that occurred in Tsholotsho.

“The accident occurred after the driver of a Nissan UD truck that was travelling to Tsholotsho with 69 passengers on board failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, which veered off to the right and overturned several times before landing on its roof.

“Fifteen people died on the spot while six others died on admission at Tsholotsho District Hospital,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said bodies of the deceased were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital mortuary while the injured were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital and the United Bulawayo Hospitals.

“Names of the deceased will be released in due course,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi urged drivers to safeguard lives on the road.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at around 11AM yesterday, Tsholotsho South MP, Zenzo Sibanda, was one of those who were at the scene, which is in Tsholotsho North where Professor Jonathan Moyo was the MP before he was recalled from Parliament last week.

Mr Wilcot Nkomo, who survived the accident and had been taken to Tsholotsho District Hospital after the accident also came to the scene with members of his family who had travelled from Bulawayo.

In an interview,  the driver had been speeding. HeMr Nkomo said he was lucky to be alive as said the truck driver drank “too much” beer in Lupane and they had cautioned him against speeding on the way to Tsholotsho to no avail.

“I am lucky to have survived this accident and it’s sad 21 of my teammates have gone just like that. I definitely blame the driver for his rowdy behaviour and drinking habits. Many a time, we warned him on his reckless driving and speeding. At some point yesterday (Saturday) he drove at five kilometres per hour for a while to provoke us after we had complained that he was speeding,” he said. “He later increased speed and when the accident occurred he approached the curve at 120km per hour. With that speed, he failed to negotiate the curve.”

Mr Nkomo said when the accident occurred, he was thrown out of the vehicle through the windscreen, while five others and the driver remained trapped for hours.  Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director Dr Nyasha Masuka said the team died while on national duty.

“This team embarked on the malaria control programme on October 1 and had been left with two districts, Tsholotsho and Umguza. It’s unfortunate this mishap happened in the midst of malaria control,” he said. Dr Masuka said two of the injured people were in the intensive care unit at Mpilo Central Hospital.

He said 11 others suffered severe head injuries while the rest of the victims were in stable conditions. We managed to buy special medications for the 17 who were critical and have since sourced other medications from our hospitals within the province,” he said.

The Provincial Administrator, Ms Lathiso Dlamini, said it was sad the incident had robbed the nation of dedicated health workers. “The province has lost health personnel and it is sad to note that the 21 have passed on while serving the nation. We pray the death toll doesn’t increase and as the Civil Protection Unit, we are doing all we can to assist the victims,” she said.

A witness, Mr Busani Mpunzi, who lives near the accident scene said his heart skipped a beat when he saw the truck approaching the curve while speeding. The driver was seriously speeding and I feared for the passengers’ lives. As I watched, I saw the truck fly into the air, throwing the passengers out like litter. It occurred like I have only seen on television and I still cannot believe that I watched that happen right in front of my eyes.
“With assistance from other villagers and village heads, we struggled to retrieve the trapped people for as long as seven hours,” he said.

A local traditional leader, Chief Matupula said the community is in great shock. “We have lost a team of young people full of dreams for the future, the provincial team that had set out to save lives in the province. This indeed is a disaster not only to us as a district but the province as a whole. “We thank the whole village and village heads who worked well into the night with assistance from civil servants from Jimila and Tsholotsho to take the injured to hospital and to assist to retrieve the trapped victims,” he said.

The chief said he hoped authorities will investigate to ensure a similar accident does not happen again in the area. “Motorists should learn not to dice with lives at the two sharp corners at Jimila Centre as countless accidents have been witnessed there. Maybe the [department] of roads should consider putting [speed] humps to complement the road signs, as well as to force drivers to reduce speed at those points,” said Chief Matupula.

Suhum: Scores Of Passengers Sustain Injuries In VIP Bus Accident

 StarrfmOnline 3rd December 201
Suhum: Scores Of Passengers Sustain Injuries In VIP Bus Accident

Scores of Passengers on board a VIP bus are in critical condition following a head-on collision on with a Trailor Truck Friday dawn.

The accident occurred at Teacher -Mante near Suhum in the Eastern Region on the Accra-Kumasi Highway. The VIP bus from Kumasi heading to Accra collided with the Trailer while overtaking another vehicle.

The victims have been rushed to the Nsawam and Suhum government Hospitals. A search on the driver side of the VIP bus uncovered some quantities of Tramadol, a drug for pains.

An eyewitness told Starr News, “the VIP Bus was from Kumasi and was overtaking a Vehicle while the Trailer Truck was from Accra so the VIP crashed head-on with the Trailer. Many passengers are seriously injured “.

He added that “we found out that the driver has taken tramadol drug. Because we found quantities of tramadol on the driver side, they take the Tramadol to harden them to drive carelessly “.

11 dead as taxi hits stray cows in Mpumalanga


Picture: Independent Media

Nelspruit – Mpumalanga community safety MEC Pat Ngomane has called on police to consider charging with culpable homicide the owner of three cows that caused an accident in which 11 people died and five others were seriously injured on the R538 between Hazyview and White River on Friday night.

“Even though the police are still investigating, the owner of the cows should also be made to face the consequences of not looking after his or her livestock well,” Ngomane said on Saturday.

“Livestock owners have a responsibility over their stock and should therefore not leave their cattle wandering without being attended to,” he said.

The accident happened at about 10.30pm on Friday night when a minibus taxi crashed into three cows and overturned, community safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza said. The taxi burst into flame after overturning and nine of the dead were burnt beyond recognition.

“Among those who died were three children. The occupants of the minibus were travelling to a church service. The driver was one of those who were seriously injured and they were all taken to Matikwane Hospital. The owner of the cows has not been found but he or she will be found,” Mabuza said.

The community safety department announced on Saturday morning that the death toll was 10, but Mabuza said it was later discovered that the number of bodies collected from the scene was, in fact, 11. He said this was due to the severity of the burns. A case of culpable homicide had been opened for investigation but nobody had yet been charged, he said.

Ngomane appealed to the families of the dead to remain patient as DNA tests to identify the bodies were being conducted. He wished the injured people a speedy recovery and appealed to motorists to drive cautiously, especially during the night and in bad weather conditions. He urged communities in the area who might know the owner of the three cows to report to police.

13 passengers escape death after being involved in a grisly road accident in Embu county

News Centre | Saturday 2 Dec 2017  

 Tanzania: Songea Councilor Dies in a Road Accident 

 1st December 2017 By Joyce Joliga

Songea — A Special Seats (CCM) councillor, Ms Mariam Yusuph, died yesterday with two others cheating death in a car accident that occurred yesterday. The fallen councillor and co were heading to town for the CCM Women’s Wing (UWT) elections in Ruvuma Region.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Songea Referral Hospital Senior Medical Officer-in-Charge Dr Majura Magafu confirmed that they received one body and two injured people around 9:30am.

He named the injured as Ms Asia Sapwela (52), a councillor (Special Seats), who had broken left arm, ribs and sustained bruises on her legs and Atingala Ally (48), a retired councillor for Tunduru, who has injured ribs and her right leg.  According to Dr Magafu, the body of the 53-year-old departed councillor was preserved at the hospital, adding that the injured were slowly recovering after regaining consciousness.

 The Songea Regional Police Commander, Mr Gemin Mushi confirmed the accident, saying it occurred at Lumecha Village in Songea District. The RPC said a Toyota Carina vehicle with registration No.T 301 DKD in which the victims were travelling in was heading to Songea from Tunduru. He said the vehicle was being driven by Mr Osam Ulaya, who failed to control the car as it veered off the road and hit road kerbs before overturning and causing the death of the councilor.

The RPC explained that Mariam died on the spot from concussion and funeral arrangements were already underway. Moreover, he said the driver of the ill-fated vehicle was rushed to the Peramiho Hospital for medical attention and police had launched an investigation in connection with the accident.

Ghana: 7 injured in accident at Tema

 1st December 2017

Accident One OeoseA tipper truck loaded with gravels crushed into a 207 Benz bus

  Four vehicles were on Wednesday involved in an accident opposite the Allied Filling Station on the Tema-Aflao Highway leaving several persons injured.

The dawn accident according to the police, left seven persons, including two females with varying degrees of injury. The injured have since been sent to the Tema General Hospital for treatment.

The Tema Regional Commander of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief Superintendent, Mr Joseph Owusu-Bempah, told Graphic Online that the accident happened at about 5:15 am near the spot where last Sunday’s accident in which a BMW saloon car was crushed by boulders that fell from a tipper truck.

Lost control The driver of the tipper truck with registration number GR 3092 Z, loaded with gravels for reasons yet to be determined was said to have lost control and as a result crushed into the 207 Benz bus, with registration number GE 3069 Z which was in front of it, resulting in the injuries.

The tipper truck driver before crushing into the 207 Benz bus grazed the side of an O.A branded bus which was conveying workers of PFC to work in Tema.

Meanwhile, the Tema Regional Police MTTD has launched a man hunt for the driver of a trailer with registration number AS 368 T who is alleged to have ploughed its way suddenly into the highway and contributed to the accident.

Namibia: Rescuer says Dippenaar caused crash

by Adam Hartman

< Jandre Dippenaar

 THE man who saw the collision that killed six people near Henties Bay three years ago, and who dragged multiple-murder-accused Jandre Dippenaar out of a burning vehicle to safety, said he “had no illusions that [Dippenaar] caused the accident on the wrong side of the road”

Paul Oosthuizen told Swakopmund regional court magistrate Gaynor Paulton yesterday that he and his wife Hazel (who testified on Monday and Tuesday), and three other passengers, were driving to Henties Bay from Swakopmund.

Around 17h00, and about 12 kilometres from Henties Bay, he noticed Dippenaar’s white FJ Cruiser following close behind them, which “irritated him a lot” as he (Oosthuizen) was driving within the speed limit of 100 km/h on the road very busy with holiday traffic.

The Cruiser then suddenly and with enormous speed accelerated past them on the right.
“I wanted to make eye contact because I was upset. I felt he was being inconsiderate,” he said. It seemed to him that Dippenaar wanted to return to the left lane, but had lost some control of his vehicle, causing it to zig-zag on the road ahead of them while ascending a hill.

“When he reached the top, it looked like he lost complete control, moving to the right into the wrong lane (oncoming traffic), and then the next moment I remember seeing a tremendous collision,” Oosthuizen said.

He said everything happened in “split seconds” when he saw the crash and the Ford Ranger of the German touring Joschko-family airborne, and landing partially upside down. He did not notice the Ranger until he reached the crest of the hill and saw the accident.

“Nothing was left of the left side of the Ranger, and it was lying skew forward – wheels in the air – on our lane. The FJ Cruiser was in flames in the middle of the road,” he said, adding that he had to slam on the brakes, otherwise they would have collided with the wreckage as theirs was the first vehicle there after the crash.

“Because the FJ was in flames, I ran to it, and went to the passenger side, but the window was closed. There were massive flames and lots of smoke. “I went to the driver’s side, and the next person on the scene joined me and helped get [Dippenaar] out the burning wreckage, through the window, because we could not open the door. It was a struggle,” he explained, saying he was “very angry” when he pulled Dippenaar to safety.

“I remember yelling to him, ‘Are you drunk? Are you drunk?” Oosthuizen recalled, justifying his anger over how he experienced Dippenaar’s driving since the Cruiser had followed behind them. “Since I saw him in the rear-view mirror, I felt he was a reckless driver. I had no illusions that he had caused the accident on the wrong side of the road. Also, in the process of taking him out of the car, I smelt alcohol on his breath. That is why I was so upset,” he testified, adding that Dippenaar responded with a slow shake of the head, and him hearing Dippenaar utter what seemed like “no”.

“The accident was caused because the driver accelerated considerably, and the momentum caused him to swerve and lose control and crash into another vehicle on the wrong side of the road,” Oosthuizen continued.

State prosecutor Faith Chipepera-Nyaungwa asked Oosthuizen what if someone suggested the collision happened on his side of the road, Oosthuizen responded: “It is absurd to suggest the accident was in my lane. I saw it.” He said he also went to the Joscko’s Ranger, and saw someone on the interior side of the roof.

There were also flames and smoke. By that time, more people came to help. The only survivor from the Joschko’s vehicle was the youngest child, Antonia. She lost her parents and sister in the accident.  Other people apparently took her out of the wreckage

Dippenaar stands accused on six counts of murder, fraud, negligent and reckless driving, and driving without a valid driver’s licence after a car accident near Henties Bay on 29 December 2014.

Killed in the crash were Alexandra Joschko (19), Markus Joschko (48) and Stephanie Joschko (49); as well as Dinah Pretorius (30) from Gobabis, and Charlene Schoombe (24) and JC Horn (27) from Windhoek. Antonia and Dippenaar were the only survivors.Image result for henties bay to swakopmund road

The road along the coast (C34) is a “salt” road, which is smoother than an asphalt road and very nice to drive on. But when there is mist from the ocean, the road gets very slippery, a bit like black ice. The first 200km are salt and sand. The last 260 km are on a gravel surface.  – Ed.


Casablanca Tram Accidents

    30th November 2017

Casablanca Tram Accidents

The tram in Casablanca has experienced several accidents in recent weeks, including two fatalities, which severely disrupted traffic, caused delays for travellers and caused significant material damage.

These accidents are systematically caused by the irresponsible behaviour of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who do not comply with the road code and tram signs. These incidents experienced a significant increase in 2017. From January to October, with an increase of + 18 % over the same period last year. A total of 114 accidents have been recorded since the beginning of the year, involving light vehicles and pedestrians with increases of + 8 % on average.

Each year, these incidents cost approximately 4million dh to the city of Casablanca. The accidents resulting in the disruption to operations, often for several hours when they cause derailment. The tram services 140.000 passengers every day. The centralised control station of the t1 line with a device of 460 surveillance cameras has a 24-Hour Police presence and a dedicated brigade consisting of 40 police officers.

In line with its commitments to road safety awareness, Casa Transport and Ratp Dev Casablanca recently signed a partnership agreement with the National Committee for the prevention of traffic accidents (Cnpac). As part of this convention, Casa Transport, the cnpac and Ratp Dev Casablanca will soon launch a major communication campaign to promote respect for road signs and road traffic.

Expectant mother, five others die in accident on Ogun road

An expectant mother, a little child and four others were killed when a truck bearing granite rammed into  a Nissan Bluebird car at the mechanic village stretch of the OGTV – Ajebo road, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The accident which occurred on Tuesday night, also left two other persons with injuries.

The Nation gathered that the truck marked  FD 638 EKY which had left a quarry site, lost control of the wheel, strayed into another lane and crashed into the on – coming  Nissan car with registration number KJA 731 XP. The truck crushing  to death, six of the eight persons in the car.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps(TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, nine people were involved in the accident.

Akinbiyi who blamed cause of the accident on reckless driving by the truck driver,  said the dead comprised of three males, two females – including an expectant mother, and  a female child.  “Reckless driving on the part of loaded granite driver.  The remains of the dead have been deposited at General Hospital Ijaiye mortuary while the  injured were taking to FMC idi aba and General hospital ljaye Abeokuta. “Eight passengers were in the Red Nissan Bluebird vehicle while the truck loaded with  granite had  driver as the only occupant.

The driver of d Nissan Bluebird was among the dead while the  truck driver was the only escaped unhurt  but unfortunately ran away,” Akinbiyi said.

Ghana: Two die as rocks crush BMW car in Tema 

The accident, according to reports occurred at about 5:30 pm and it involved a tipper truck with registration number, GT 6512-14 conveying boulders towards Tema and a BMW salon car.

28th November 2017

Two persons have died in an accident that occurred near the TT Brothers Traffic light intersection along the Tema-Aflao Highway on Sunday evening.

The accident, according to reports occurred at about 5:30 pm and it involved a tipper truck with registration number, GT 6512-14 conveying boulders towards Tema and a BMW salon car.  Two out of the three male passengers who were in the BMW salon car with registration number GT 9429-17 were died instantly when the huge rocks came off the bucket of the tipper truck and fell on them.

The Deputy Commander of the Tema Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP), Mr Paul Bruce Amoah told the Daily Graphic that the driver of the tipper truck in an attempt to avoid hitting the rear of the BMW salon car, which had veered off its lane, climbed the central reservation (the median strip that separates opposing lanes of traffic on divided highways). He said in the process, the boulders fell from the bucket of the truck, landed on top of the BMW salon car, smashing it and the passengers.

Road accidents: 3,120 killed, 31,540 wounded in Jan-Oct 2017  

27th November 2017   

 Road accidents: 3,120 killed, 31,540 wounded in Jan-Oct 2017  

 ALGIERS-3,120 were killed and 31,540 were wounded in 21,670 road accidents nationwide between January and October 2017, the National centre for road prevention and security (CNPSR) announced in a toll.

Two killed in Limpopo car crash

 27th November 2017

Photo: ER24

 Two women, believed to be in their late 30s, were killed when their car veered off the road and rolled several times along the Bushvalley Road near Tarentaalrand in Tzaneen in Limpopo late on Saturday afternoon, paramedics said.

“Shortly before 5pm, paramedics from ER24 and other services arrived on the scene where they found the vehicle several metres into a nearby veld. Sadly, both occupants of the vehicle [had] already succumbed to their injuries,” ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.
– African News Agency (ANA)

Charles Njagua’s bodyguards, driver injured in Juja car crash


Three people were injured on Sunday along Thika Road when one of the vehicles in Starehe MP Charles Kanyi Njagua’s, alias Jaguar, motorcade was involved in an acident.

According to Juja OCPD Patricia Nasio, the accident occurred on Kenyatta Road in Juja, Kiambu County.

TWO ACCIDENTS The Juja police boss said that the MP’s vehicle was travelling to Nairobi and had had three occupants – the driver and two police officers attached to him – who sustained injuries. They were rushed to Ruiru Sub-County Hospital.

She said a vehicle had earlier veered off the road and some vehicles slowed down at the scene of the accident, when cars coming from behind rammed into them. “There was an accident that had just happened in the area, which made curious motorists to stop to have a glance at a vehicle,” said Ms Nasio.

The car in the MP’s motorcade was the fourth in line to ram into a vehicle in front of it. It rammed into a canter that had slowed down at the accident scene. In March, Mr Njagua’s Range Rover Sport hit two men – Joseph Maingi and Mugo Abdalla – who were riding on a motorcycle, killing them on the spot along the Makutano-Sagana highway.

Bulawayo: Head on crash kills 6

by Staff reporter 27th November 2017

SIX people died on the spot among them a two-year-old girl while eight others were injured when the driver of a Toyota Quantum vehicle they were travelling in allegedly rammed into a haulage truck after trying to overtake in the face of oncoming traffic.

The names of the deceased have been withheld because it could not be ascertained yesterday if their next of kin had been informed.  Witnesses said the quantum got trapped under the haulage truck which dragged it for about 100 metres before stopping.

The driver of the quantum, Mr Thembeni Mkhwananzi of New Magwegwe suburb was travelling from Bulawayo to South Africa with 14 passengers on board when the accident occurred last Thursday around 7PM at the 313 km peg along Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road.

A source close to the investigations, who preferred anonymity, said the injured passengers were admitted to Beitbridge District Hospital and bodies were taken to the same hospital’s mortuary.

“On Thursday around 7PM Mr Moses Limungu who is a Zambian, was driving a Zambian registered truck along Bulawayo- Beitbridge Road heading towards Beitbridge. Thembeni Mkhwananzi was driving a Toyota Quantum with 14 passengers heading in the same direction.

“Upon reaching the 313 km peg Mkhwananzi who was following behind tried to overtake the haulage truck and while in the process of overtaking, he saw an oncoming vehicle and decided to return to his lane,” said the source. He said Mkhwananzi lost control of his vehicle and it rammed into the haulage truck.

Nigeria: Over 20 feared dead at Njaba bridge auto crash

NOVEMBER 26, 2017  By Chidi Nkwopara

Over 20 people were feared dead yesterday in  an   automobile crash, at Njaba bridge, along the ever busy Owerri-Umuaka-Okwudor-Orlu federal highway.

The automobile crash involved a tanker loaded with about 33,000 litres of premium motor spirit, PMS, and a fully loaded 18-seater commercial bus. •Accident scene at Njaba bridge that claimed about 20 lives yesterday.

It was not very clear at press time what caused the crash or which vehicle crashed into the other, but an eyewitness that spoke to Saturday Vanguard at the scene of the crash, said that the two vehicles were traveling in opposite direction. “The tanker burst into huge flames as soon as the crash occurred.

Only a female passenger was said to have managed to come out of the crash alive but sustained extensive burns. All the other passengers were burnt beyond recognition”, the man recounted with grief.

Two killed, three injured in Mpumalanga car crash

Two people were killed and three others were injured when a bakkie and a car collided on the Bethal-Hendrina road in Bethal on Friday evening. Photo: ANA

BETHAL – At least two people were killed and three others were injured when a bakkie and a car collided on the Bethal-Hendrina road in Bethal on Friday evening, paramedics said. ER24 and local emergency medical services (EMS) paramedics arrived on the scene at about 6pm where they found a car split in half, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.

“Two occupants from the light motor vehicle were found on the scene with fatal injuries. There was nothing that paramedics could do for them and they were declared dead on [the] scene,” he said.

A woman from the car and the occupants from the bakkie were treated on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care. The cause of the crash was not yet known, Vermaak said.

Patients ordered to buy own medication at Parirenyatwa Hospital

by Stephen Jakes  26 Nov 2017

Patients at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare are reportedly being ordered to buy own medication even those who are admitted on critical condition after being involved in accidents.

A source said on Thursday an accident occurred around 6a.m at the corner of Leopold Takawira and Samora Machel Avenue in Harare involving a kombi and an Isuzu twin cab. One person died and 11 were injured.

“I visited the accident victims at Parirenyatwa Hospital. When I got there just after the accident victims were being asked to buy medication. Those who did not have money to buy medication started phoning their relatives for assistance,” said the source.

“We as Passengers Association of Zimbabwe believe that victims of road accidents should get all the medical assistance they need as a matter of urgency, including x-rays and medication, whether they or their relatives have the immediate financial capacity to pay for medical services. “People cannot suffer or die because they do not have the finances. No one foresees a road accident, which is why it is an accident and Government hospitals should prioritise saving lives and reducing the suffering of accident victims.”

Ghana: 6 dead, dozens injured in crash at Boaso

25th November 2017

B/A: 6 dead, dozens injured in crash at Boaso

Six people have been confirmed dead with some 39 others sustaining various degrees of injury after a Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus traveling from Sunyani to Kumasi, collided  head-on with an Opel Taxi cab at Boaso, a farming community near Bechem in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region. The Opel was being driven by 30-year-old Samuel Kojo Eshun, who was travelling from Bechem to Sunyani at about 7:00pm Wednesday night.

Confirming the incident to Citi News, the Tano South District Police Commander, Supt. Abraham Bansah, said the police got information about the crash and quickly moved to the scene with officers of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) for rescue efforts. He explained that the driver of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus, in an attempt to avoid hitting a man who crossed the bus, lost control of the steering wheel, and veered into the lane of the taxi, resulting in a head-on collision, killing the man and all occupants of the taxi instantly.

He explained that the impact of the crash compelled the bus to drag the taxi cab into a valley making, the rescue process difficult, which compelled the GNFS to cut through the mangled vehicles to retrieve the trapped bodies.

Supt. Bansah said the bodies of the dead have been deposited at the Bechem Government Hospital awaiting autopsy. He appealed to residents to report at the station for identification of the deceased as only one has been identified so far.


He said injured occupants of the MMT bus are receiving treatment at the Bechem Government Hospital, and the Duayaw-Nkwanta St. John of God Catholic Hospital.

He also lamented the wanton disregard for caution and road safety regulations by drivers and other road users, in the face of intensive public education activities by his outfit, and vowed to deal ruthlessly with offenders.

Six dead, others injured in accident at Hwidiem On Tuesday, November 21 this week, six persons also died with eight others left in a critical condition after two vehicles they were travelling in collided at Hwidiem in the Asante Akim North District of the Ashanti Region. According to the police, a Kia truck, which was loaded with yam, lost control and veered off the road running into the Ford transit bus.

Thousands of Ghanaians die each year through road accidents.

Two killed, three injured in crash near Sasolburg

2017-11-25  Derrick Spies, Correspondent 

Sasolburg – Two people were killed and three others were injured when a truck and two cars collided with each other on the R57 in Sasolburg on Friday evening. ER24 spokesperson, Werner Vermaak said paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after 19:00 where they found two people, an adult and a child, with fatal injuries.

“Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for them and they were declared dead on scene. Three others were treated on the scene and taken to various hospitals in the area,” he said. Vermaak said the exact circumstances surrounding the collision were not yet known.

Local emergency services as well as other services attended the scene.

Six people die on the spot in Beitbridge accident

by Staff Reporter 25th November 2017

File photo

 Six people died on the spot and eight others were injured when a Toyota Quantum they were travelling in side swiped following attempts to overtake a haulage truck, 13 kilometres before Beitbridge along the Bulawayo highway yesterday evening.

The two vehicles were headed towards Beitbridge. The accident occurred when the driver of the Toyota Quantum carrying 14 passengers tried to overtake a haulage truck only to realise there was oncoming traffic and attempts to return back to his lane failed.

Both vehicles veered off the road and as a result of the collision the Toyota Quantum was trapped under the truck. The names of the deceased are still being withheld until their next of kin have been notified.  Those injured were referred to Beitbridge district hospital.

19 people have been injured after a bakkie and taxi collided in Hillcrest

Nineteen people sustai19 people have been injured after a bakkie and taxi collided in Hillcrestned injuries ranging from minor to serious after a bakkie and a taxi collided on the N3 in Hillcrest this evening.

When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 17H45, most of the patients were found seated next to the freeway.

Upon further assessment, it was found that 19 patients sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious. One patient was entrapped in the taxi and the jaws of life were used to extricate the patient.

The freeway was also closed for traffic and the traffic was quite backed up.

ER24, as well as various other medical services on the scene, transported the patients to a hospital for further medical care. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not yet known to our paramedics but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

11 children injured in bakkie crash near Ladysmith, 2-year-old boy seriously injured

24th November 2017 Ladysmith Gazette

The bakkie that was carrying the children

Two bakkies collided this afternoon (November 23) on the Pieters road just outside Ladysmith. A Nissan 1400 bakkie transporting children, the youngest being a two-year-old boy, collided with an Isuzu bakkie as it was crossing the intersection from Steadville onto the Pieters road.

11 children were injured in the crash, including the two-year-old who was seriously injured. The children were stabilised by paramedics at the scene and then taken to hospital.

Parents flocked to the scene to see if their children were safe. The cries of distraught mothers could be heard as rain poured down heavily on the Pieters road.

Parents gathered at the scene of the crash

Police, Public Safety and towing services responded to the scene. The Nissan bakkie was pushed off the road due to the impact of the crash. The canopy was ripped and flung across the road.

Egypt: Road accident leaves 2 killed، 1 injured on “Sohag – Red Sea” road

 23/November/2017   Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh 

Sada El Balad

 At least 2 people were killed، and another was injured in a collision between a car and a truck on “Sohag – Red Sea” road. The injured were transferred to Qena General Hospital for treatment, Egyptian Ministry of Safety reports.

Deadly road accidents occur on a near-daily basis in Egypt. Egypt has the highest rate of road accidents and related deaths in the Middle East، with an average of 12،000 people killed annually، according to the World Health Organization.

At least 12،295 were reported dead in road traffic fatalities during 2007، 70% males، 30% females، while 154،000 were reported injured in road traffic non-fatalities، within the same year، according to the official statistics agency.  Meanwhile، at least 14،548 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2015.

Egypt loses about 12،000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100،000 population. The majority (48%) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20%) of these fatalities.

Egypt is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.

The road safety project in Egypt is led by a project working group، consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior، Education، and Health، as well as academia، trauma care services and nongovernmental organizations. WHO، the Global Road Safety Partnership، the International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Safe International Road Travel are the international consortium partners who will provide technical guidance and funding. The WHO country office coordinates the project.

The project activities are aimed at controlling speed and increasing seat-belt wearing. In addition to the road safety prevention work، national and international stakeholders will also work in the area of data system development.

New UN regulation on automatic emergency call system for road traffic accidents will reduce response times and save lives

 23 November 2017

Every second counts in a road traffic emergency. Reducing the time it takes for medical services, firefighters and rescuers to arrive on the scene can save lives and limit the severity of the consequences of road accidents for survivors. Every year 1.25 million people die in road traffic accidents while an additional 50 million are injured.

A new United Nations Regulation harmonizing in-vehicle systems to automatically call the emergency services in the event of a crash will support improved responsiveness and the provision of appropriate emergency treatment – one of five pillars of the global Decade of Action on road safety. (How long will Africa  have to wait for this? – Ed)

The system informs emergency services of the vehicle’s precise location, along with information on time of accident and direction of travel, regardless of whether the driver is conscious or able to make a phone call. The system may also be activated manually in the case of emergency needs, such as if the diver witnesses a serious accident.

The UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), adopted by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), comes as the first United Nations Regulation dealing with vehicle connectivity. It stands as an example of effective international and multistakeholder cooperation to harness the potential of new technologies to help improve road safety.

The Regulation will improve compatibility (or “interoperability”) between existing emergency call systems, enabling the scaling-up of the technology so that more countries will be able to benefit from reduced emergency response times for road traffic accidents.

AECS aligns the “ERA-GLONASS” emergency call system in use in the Russian Federation with the European Union’s “eCall”, which is set to become compulsory for all new cars sold in the EU from April 2018.

According to EU estimates, eCall can reduce emergency response times by 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside, and can reduce the number of fatalities by at least 4% and the number of severe injuries by 6%.

The adoption of the new regulation – which is expected to enter into force in June 2018 – will make these benefits available to even more countries wishing to apply the regulation under the 1958 Agreement, supporting global efforts to improve road safety.

2 dead, 22 injured in Mugabe exit celebrations

by Staff reporter 23rd November 2017

 TWO people died and 22 others were seriously injured in two separate road accidents in Bulawayo blamed on speeding as the drivers were celebrating President Robert Mugabe’s resignation from office on Tuesday. A euphoric atmosphere gripped Bulawayo as news of Mugabe’s resignation spread across the City of Kings.

In one of the accidents, the driver of a new Mercedes Benz ploughed into empty vending stalls along Fort Street before ramming into a tree along Lobengula Street. The driver died on the spot while one of the two passengers in the car was seriously injured with the other escaping unharmed.

A witness, Mr Pindirayi Moyo said vendors scurried for cover thinking it was police and soldiers exchanging fire when they saw sparks from metal stalls which were being dragged by the car. “We ran in all directions thinking there was a shootout between police and soldiers,” said Mr Moyo. He said the car was travelling at a high speed and there was a loud bang when it rammed into a tree. “We rushed to the scene and tried to pull out the three occupants but the driver was already dead,” he said.

In the other accident, a Nketa bound Kombi burst a rear tyre, veered off the road and overturned killing one and injuring 21 others. The injured were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital.

Bulawayo police spokesperson inspector Precious Simango confirmed the two incidents and urged motorists to observe road traffic regulations. Bulawayo Chief Fire officer, Mr Richard Peterson said the kombi accident occured at about 6.30PM. “I can confirm that there was a road traffic accident at corner Goderich and Masiyephambili roads. The accident occurred at about 6.30 PM. A kombi carrying 21 passengers burst a rear tyre resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle. One man died on the spot while 21 others including the driver were injured,” said Mr Peterson.”

The director of Tshova Mubayiwa who are the owners of the kombi, Mr Atlas Mtayi, said the association will assist the bereaved family.

Journalist, wife, three children die in auto crash

A senior reporter with the African Independent Television (AIT), Abdullahi Ibrahim, along with his wife and three children, died in an auto crash last Thursday, while on his way to his hometown, Okaba, in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Ibrahim who was stationed in Agenebode, Edo State, was preparing for his daughter’s wedding coming up this December, when the accident occurred between Ojodu and Ochadamu communities along the Ajaokuta-Ayingba highway.

He was said to be travelling in his Peugeot 504 saloon car, with three of his children and his pregnant wife, when the accident occurred.

Eyewitness account had it that he was involved in a head on collision with an oncoming Toyota hiace belonging to a transport company. He was said to have died instantly, along with the pregnant wife and three children.

Ibrahim, who was in his late 50s was at the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) press centre Lokoja, together with the members of his family, on the day of the accident, before they proceeded on the ill-fated journey.

He was said to have lost his first wife and a daughter, five years ago, before he later remarried.

We all must play a role in ending road carnage

 By Florentin de Loppinot 22nd November 2017

Govt doctors strike salaries

A half-empty hospital ward. Some patients have voluntarily deserted hospitals, returning home or swapping to shrines of traditional healers and witchdoctors due to the doctors’ strike. FILE PHOTO

Every year, as we observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 19, we are given another opportunity to pause and think deeply on a reality whose socio-economic toll we sometimes seem to ignore, until it comes to our own doorsteps.

We must ask ourselves, however: What is the point in having a remembrance every year, if we don’t act? According to the World Health Organisation, annual road traffic deaths are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, if we don’t act. Ominous? Perhaps. But how can we tread lightly on an issue that we all realise is preventable?
Clearly, this is a discussion we must have continually and untiringly in Uganda, where the road sector is ultimately the most important mode of transportation, as it carries 97 per cent of freight cargo and 99 per cent of the passenger traffic. Improving safety on the roads is not optional. Rather, it must be a priority for policy-makers. Political will and commitment are key, as is ensuring that road safety decision-making is based on solid evidence.

As we observe the World Remembrance Day and reflect on our roles, we must remember traffic reports show that more than 80 per cent of accidents are a result of human factors, including lack of professional driving skills.  Safe Way Right Way is an initiative focused to improving road safety on Uganda’s economically critical highways and since its establishment, we have made important strides towards achieving our objectives through various projects, including the Professional Driver Training Uganda (PDTU) project.

The PDTU project is implemented by GIZ E4D/SOGA, Safe Way Right Way and Transaid with support from industry partners and in partnership with the Government of Uganda. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

The project aims to build capacity of drivers of large commercial vehicles, with a view to enhancing employment opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector, as well as other sectors; and to improve overall road safety. While our training target is 800 drivers, we have already received more than 4,000 drivers indicating interest. The need for better employment opportunities is obvious, but imagine the impact if we could translate every individual interest that has been expressed into better driving skills and what that would mean for safety on our roads!

As we remember road traffic victims, we must recognise that there is still a lot of work to do. The challenges are far from over but we know from some of our achievements that through increased private sector involvement and public private partnerships, these gaps can be closed. Most importantly, every individual – in whatever capacity – must identify and play their role. Only then can we hope to have a remembrance day where in spite of the sadness which may still arise, we can take pride in improving road safety experiences and statistics.

I read something quite profound recently – a quote from the 2007 Holocaust Memorial Day booklet: “Public remembrance is not for the benefit of victims to remember what happened to them. Victims remember well what happened to them. Public reflection is the act of recognition. It states to the victims and their families that their humanity is valued, that their loss is our loss and that their suffering is shared, if only through recognising the tragedy and error of its occurrence”. We would all do well to think and act along that. There is so much we would be saving and human life is the first.

The writer is the Managing Director of Total Uganda and the Board Chairperson of Safe Way Right Way 

Ten people die in kombi crash

by Stephen Jakes 22nd November 2017

As the wild celebrations for Former president Robert Mugabe’s departure are on going ten people are reported to have died in a kombi crash at Nketa in Bulawayo.

An eyewitness said “kombi (mbayiwa ) from town burst a tyre and over turned. People have died on the spot. “The accident happened along Godrich turn Nketa way.”

Uganda: Police chief killed in traffic accident during robbery chase

21st November 2017 By Jessica Sabano

D/ASP Rwego D. Muhoozi is said to have died in

D/ASP Rwego D. Muhoozi is said to have died in a car he and four of his colleagues were using to run after suspected robbers. COURTESY PHOTO

The Mukono Division Commander -Flying Squad Unit (FSU) D/ASP Rwego D. Muhoozi is said to have died in an Ipsum vehicle registration number UAT 219Q in which he and four other officers were using to run after an unidentified black Premio.

Eye witnesses told this reporter that the officers started the chase from Kisoga centre and headed to Ntenjeru-Katosi where their car hit a tree and overturned several times, leaving Muhoozi dead.

Ms Robina Kigozi, one of the witnesses said both the vehicles were speeding. “The officers’ car lost control and hit a tree on the roadside before overturning,” she said. She said the police officers’ vehicle had five people but only one was removed dead and the four were seriously injured and taken to Ntenjeru health center IV for medical attention.

The injured are Abbey Emmanuel, Sam Asiimwe, Alex Natamu and Julius Ssebbaale.
The DPC Mukono Rogers Sseguya confirmed the incident saying the body was taken to Mulago hospital for postmortem and the injured were also transferred to Mulago for further medication.

7 people killed on Western Cape roads over weekend, 17 arrested

21st November 2017 James de Villiers

On Monday morning, Western Cape traffic head Kenny Africa said on Saturday a motorcyclist died in a crash near the Huguenot tunnel while a pedestrian was killed on the N1 and another died on the N2 near Grabouw after they were hit by vehicles.Two women were also killed on Saturday during a multi-vehicle collision on the R27 near Silverstream.On Sunday, a cyclist died in Mossel Bay and in Ceres, outside Worcester, one passenger was killed when two vehicles collided.Africa said Western Cape authorities had stopped more than 2 660 vehicles since Friday and completed 2 195 alcohol tests which resulted in the arrest of 17 people. The highest recorded alcohol blood level was in Brackenfell with 1.21mg/1 000ml – which is five times over the legal limit. One person was arrested in Somerset West for the possession of Madrax and dagga, Africa said.Authorities also issued 230 fines to the value of R328 800. Meanwhile, Western Cape police said they arrested 2 076 suspects in the province over the weekend.  Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said 15 people were arrested for murder, three for attempted murder, 22 for assault, seven for rape, four for aggravated robbery, 34 for burglary, 11 for the possession of unlicensed firearms and 611 for drug-related offences. “Our warning to criminals is simple, we will not allow you to get away with crime in the Western Cape,” Traut said in a statement.

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Zimbabwe’s mystery car crash deaths

by amabhungane 21st November 2017

This is a 2013 article extracted from amabhungane website.

The death of outspoken Zanu-PF MP Edward Chindori-Chininga has reignited debate over the mysterious deaths of Zimbabwean politicians that have haunted the ruling Zanu-PF party since its days in exile. But many Zimbabweans believe he is the latest victim of internal purges that have claimed the lives of generals, Cabinet ministers and other senior politicians in pre- and post-independence Zimbabwe.

Chindori-Chininga was the vocal chairperson of a parliamentary committee that had just released a highly critical report on Zimbabwe’s diamond industry. News reports pointed out that his car, which veered off the road into a tree, had left no skid marks.

The mystery deaths have generally occurred at times when Zanu-PF has been torn by factional conflict. Chindori-Chininga’s death evokes memories of the baffling deaths of other liberation war icons, including Zanu chairperson Herbert Chitepo, Zanla commander Josiah Tongogara, Zipra commander Alfred Nikita Mangena, Zapu second vice-president Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo, Zanu-PF rising star Zororo Duri and Brigadier General Paul Gunda.

Since independence, rumour and speculation have swirled around the “accidental” deaths of former defence minister Moven Mahachi, former industry and commerce minister Chris Ushewokunze, army captain Edwin Nleya, former Zanu-PF political commissars Border Gezi and Elliot Manyika and retired army general and Zanu-PF heavyweight Solomon Mujuru.

Among the most controversial deaths are those of:

Hebert Chitepo, who was killed in March 1975 by a car bomb in Lusaka. Several investigations have been hampered by lack of evidence, and theories about the motive and perpetrator abound. Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda instituted an inquiry which made damning findings about infighting in Zanu-PF in exile. The inquiry also fingered Josiah Tongogara, the commander of Zanu’s guerrilla army.

Tongogara himself was killed in a car crash in Mozambique in 1979 while on his way to Zimbabwe, six days after the Lancaster House agreement was concluded. His vehicle rammed an army truck parked on the side of the road. The charismatic Zanla commander had clashed with Mugabe over the need for a government of national unity with Joshua Nkomo and speculation was also highlighted by his “ambition, popularity and decisive style”. This year it was reported that his wife, Angeline Tongogara, had demanded to be driven to the scene of her husband’s fatal accident, saying she felt bitter about the way Mugabe and Zanu-PF had handled the death. The party released a statement by an undertaker that Tongagara’s injuries were consistent with a car accident, but no autopsy results have ever been released.

Chris Ushewokunze, a former ministry of industry and commerce, died at the age of 49 after a mysterious car accident at Suri Suri, about 110km from Bulawayo, on the road to Harare, in 1994. He had differed with Mugabe on economic policy.

Zororo Duri was rising rapidly through Zanu-PF ranks as one of the young technocrats seen as poised to take over the party in the mid-1990s.
Party bosses had told him not to contest the chair of Manicaland province against Kumbirai Kangai, but he went ahead and won.
Appointed ambassador to Cuba, he was killed in a car accident on the Mutare-Harare road in 1996.

Moven Mahachi was minister of defence at the time of his death in a car accident in 2001 on the Mutare-Nyanga road after attending a Zanu-PF Manicaland meeting as national political commissar.

In 2009 Enos Nkala, one of Zanu’s founders, claimed that Mahachi was eliminated because of his robust opposition to Zanu-PF’s looting of diamonds in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Paul Armstrong Gunda, a brigadier general and hero of the liberation war, died after his car allegedly collided with a train on the Harare-Marondera road in 2007. Before his death, regarded as suspicious by many Zimbabweans, there were persistent allegations that the 1 Brigade commander was among the military officers involved in a failed plot to topple Mugabe. Tatenda Gunda, his widow, published advertisements insinuating that he had died in suspicious circumstances.     In an interview this week she said the damage to the car was not serious enough to have been caused by a train and Gunda had had a mysterious back injury.     A board of inquiry set up under the defence force’s disciplinary regulations found no foul play.

Eliot Manyika, former youth minister, died in a road accident on the Zvishavane-Mbalabala road in 2008. In his capacity as national commissar he was travelling from Mutare to Gwanda on a Zanu-PF restructuring mission that could have upset the leadership ambitions of some top party officials.
Manyika’s family asked police to investigate, claiming that his injuries were inconsistent with a road accident. A close relative also claimed that he had received anonymous death threats. A tyre from his official Mercedes-Benz was sent to South Africa for forensic analysis, but the inquest found his death was consistent with a traffic accident.

Border Gezi was killed when his car careered out of control after it had a blow-out on the Harare-Masvingo road. Gezi was travelling to Masvingo to address party supporters and reshuffle the political leadership in the province.Some theorists hold that he had decided to speak out against the seizure of white-owned farms. It is also believed that the Zanu-PF old guard was unhappy with his meteoric rise through the party’s ranks.

Solomon Mujuru died, allegedly in a fire, at his farm in Beatrice in 2011. Many politically neutral Zimbabweans, and even some Zanu-PF supporters, believe Mujuru was murdered, and the speculation became so intense that his widow, Vice-President Joice Mujuru, had to appeal for calm.His family’s request to have his remains exhumed and re-examined in a second postmortem by a South African pathologist were turned down. In his report, the director of Zimbabwe’s forensic science laboratory, Birthwell Mutandiro, said there were indications that Mujuru had died before the fire spread to the room in which his remains were found.

British cameraman dies while shooting a night time sequence for BBC drama in Ghana ‘when stunt car hit his position’ 

A British cameraman – who worked on Game of Thrones and James Bond – has died while shooting a stunt sequence for a BBC drama in Ghana.

Mark Milsome is thought to have died after a camera position deemed safe was hit by a stunt car on Saturday.

Milsome, 54,  was working on upcoming drama The Forgiving Earth when the incident occurred. The BBC said it was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ to hear the news. It said in a statement: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news.

‘Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much-respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.’ His agent, Sarah Prince, said he would be ‘greatly missed’ and that an investigation into into the circumstances surrounding his death is under way.

What road accidents cost the economy

Nov. 20, 2017 By FARDEE HUSSEINThe car that was involved in an accident at Salgaa along Nakuru-Eldoret highway killing three. Photo/ File

The car that was involved in an accident at Salgaa along Nakuru-Eldoret highway killing three. Photo/ File

As the world marks the day of remembrance for road traffic victims, Kenyans woke up to news of a grisly accident at Teachers near Salgaa that claimed eleven lives. The 11kms stretch along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway is one of the deadliest black spot in the country which has claimed hundreds of lives over the years.

Ironically, road safety and National Transport and Safety Authority officials were marking the world day of remembrance for road traffic victims a few kilometers away at Karai, Nakuru. The World day of remembrance is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities.

So far, 2397 people  had died in road accidents from January to November 9, 2017, according to data from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). Majority of the deaths are of pedestrians (907), passengers (575) motorcyclists (410) drivers (265) and pillon passengers (197).

Majority of these deaths in Kenya like other developing countries have been attributed to the failure to rigorously implement policies and programmes to meet the sustainable development goal of halving the number of road deaths and injuries by 2020.

The recently published WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety cites the absence and the failure to strictly enforce the wearing of helmets by both passenger and cyclists, drunk driving, failure to use seat belts and poor enforcement of road safety laws due to corruption as contributing to the increase in road accidents and fatalities.

A 2015 report by NTSA indicated that road accidents cost the economy at least Sh300 billion a year with the most affected age groups in terms of fatalities being those aged between 20-44 years with the peak age being 30-34. Those who survive suffer disabilities as well as long term psychological effects which present undue strain on both the government and the survivors’ family in terms of provision of healthcare.

Victims of Highway accidents remembered Worldwide

20th November 2017


Salgaa road crash claims 12 lives

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 2017     

Salgaa road crash

A wreckage at the scene of a road crash at Salgaa, on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, on November 19, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Salgaa road crash

The scene of a road crash at Salgaa, Nakuru County, on November 19, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rongai OCPD Japheth Kioko said the accident happened after the matatu driver lost control after hitting a cow, before colliding with the truck. The truck driver and his turn boy suffered serious injuries and were taken to Nakuru Level Five Hospital. The bodies have been taken to the county’s mortuary.

Families given chance to identify M1 bodies

The burial process of the bodies involved in the M1 South incident be stalled for seven days. This comes after Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa instructed that the burial process to be stalled for another seven days to give an opportunity to families, who might still want to come and identify their loved ones.

On Wednesday, a private undertaker trailer, carrying 42 bodies from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, lost one of its wheels. The bodies were going to be buried by the State at Olifantsvlei cemetery.

Ramokgopa described the matter as very unpleasant and unacceptable. “Even in instances where we cannot trace the family members of the deceased patients, the law still requires that we bury them in a dignified and respectful manner.” Out of the 42 bodies, 16 were adults and 26 were stillborn.

Car Accident Kills 21 in Tigray, Ethiopia

Atsbit-road-Tigray-EthiopiaSource: Xinhua: November 18, 2017 – Twenty-one people were killed and seven others injured when an overloaded minibus overturned in Ethiopia’s northern state, Tigray regional state.

Ethiopian authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred in Atsbi Wonberta, a region in the Northern Tigray regional state, but overloading is considered one of the possible causes, according to Xinhua.

Gebremedhin Nrea, the district’s traffic police department coordinator, said the minibus, which is supposed to only accommodate 27 people, was transporting 34 passengers when it overturned.

Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the world, deadly traffic accidents are fairly common in Ethiopia, with bad roads, a flawed driving license issuance system, and lax enforcement blamed for high fatalities. With a growing economy and a rising middle class, the east African nation has for the past several years recorded an average 11 percent growth in vehicle numbers.

Co-driver killed after TUM bus crashes into truck

By ERNEST CORNEL @oduorernest

A TUM bus that was involved in an accident in Maungu as it was heading to Nairobi, November 17, 2017. /ERNEST CORNEL

A TUM bus that was involved in an accident in Maungu as it was heading to Nairobi, November 17, 2017. /ERNEST CORNE

 A Technical University of Mombasa bus was on Friday night involved in a road accident in Maungu as it headed to Nairobi. Co-driver Athman Bwanamzee died on the spot, Vice Chancellor Laila Abubakar said.

She said three students sustained injuries and were rushed to Moi Referral Hospital in Voi. “The bus hit a standing truck. The visibility at night was low,” she said. Abubakar said the students were headed to Nairobi for Kenya University Sports Association games.

“The driver and some passengers are okay,” she said on Saturday. TUM was on Friday closed indefinitely after prolonged lecturers’ strike.

  Baby aged 6 minths old dies in road traffic accident

November 18, 2017 

A SIX MONTHS old baby has died on the spot while its mother identified as Maureen Malama of Sunny Village in Kasama District has sustained serious injuries after they were hit by an over speeding motor vehicle. The accident occurred in Kasama District of Northern Province yesterday at about 16:30 hours along Lualuo gravel road.

Police Public Relations Officer Esther Katongo has confirmed this to the media in a statement today.

She said the accident happened when the driver of a motor vehicle, Mitsubishi Canter registration number APB 667, identified as Webster Mukuka aged 43 years of Mukulumpe area was driving at a high speed and in the process hit the pedestrians.

Katongo said the survivor (mother to the baby) is admitted to Kasama General Hospital while the body of the deceased is in the same hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

18 November 2017 | From Arrive Alive

Four people have been killed and 5 people sustained moderate injuries after an ambulance (unknown service) and a vehicle collided earlier this afternoon on the N17 at the Leandra Toll Plaza in Mpumalanga.

When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 16H35, they found six patients on the scene and three people who unfortunately showed no signs of life. One of the seriously injured was a young girl, believed to be 3-years-old. ER24 transported the girl to hospital but unfortunately, she passed away in hospital a while later.

The rest of the patients were transported by various medical services to hospital for further medical care.

The exact circumstance surrounding the incident are not yet known to our paramedics but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

Container slips of truck and crashes onto on- coming cars on Chingola-Chililabombwe road

Truck loses its container on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road as it failed to go under the bridge and crashes onto cars .Sent by LT blogger
Truck loses its container on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road as it failed to go under the bridge and crashes onto cars .Sent by LT blogger

An accident occurred on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road on Wednesday morning. A simple risk assessment could have prevented this from happening. Commuters complain that whilst the road is under construction there is no proper traffic control on the road.No further details of the accident were available at the time of publication.

Grief as form four student dies after hit and run in Trans Nzoia

By CORAZON WAFULA @corablazing

A photo of Kevin Erot who died yesterday after he was hit by a car in Mailisaba Cherangany sub county./CORAZON WAFULA

A photo of Kevin Erot who died yesterday after he was hit by a car in Mailisaba Cherangany sub county./CORAZON WAFULA

A sombre mood engulfed a school in Cheranganyi, Trans Nzoia county after one of the KCSE candidates died on Thursday night in a road accident.

Kevin Erot, a form four student at AIC Chematich secondary school was knocked down at Maili Saba along Kitale- Kapenguria road.

Police are yet to arrest the driver of the car after he sped off after the accident.

A brother of the deceased Brian Erot said Kevin was going to pick a book for revision from a neighbour just across the road.

“It’s very sad he never reached, as he was about to cross the road he was hit by a car that sped off,”  he said.

Area residents called on the police to speed up investigations.

“This road has become so prone to accidents and we need an urgent intervention from the officers,” said Carolyn Nafula a Maili Saba resident.

She said six lives have been lost in the same spot and most of them are hit and run cases.

“It’s sad that this time around we have lost a young and brilliant mind,” she said.

The school principal Gideon Ambuche said that it was hard for him to break the sad news to the other candidates.

“I received a call from the mother of the deceased this morning informing me of the death,” he said.

He said that they had to counsel the other 63 candidates before sitting for their paper.

Trans Nzoia west OCPD confirmed the incident, he said the body was moved to Kitale county hospital mortuary.

Suspect who dragged dead body with car in court

by Luqman Cloete

Thomas Pietersen

 A 32-year-old farm worker accused of beating his victim to death, and then dragging his dead body behind a vehicle with a rope, appeared on a murder charge in the Keetmanshoop Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Thomas Pietersen, who was not asked to plead, has also been indicted on charges of violating a dead body, motor vehicle theft, and defeating the ends of justice. His case was remanded until 11 January for further police investigations, and to allow him to apply for legal aid.

State prosecutor Yvonne McLeod yesterday opposed the granting of bail to Pietersen.  She argued that the offences committed by the suspect were serious, and that the investigation into the murder was still at a “sensitive stage”. “Police still have to take affidavits from crucial state witnesses,” she submitted, adding that the state also fears that Pietersen might interfere with witnesses.

McLeod noted that it would not be in the interest of the public and the administration of justice to release the suspect on bail.

Kombi from SA kills four in crash

by Staff reporter  16 Nov 2017

FOUR people died on the spot while five others were injured when a Toyota Quantum they were travelling in from South Africa burst its left rear tyre before ramming into a tree at the 110KM peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway yesterday.

The accident occurred a few kilometres after Insuza. A police source said four people died on the spot while five others who were injured were rushed to St Lukes Hospital. Most of the accident victims were travelling to their rural home in Dandanda, Lupane, from South Africa in the Toyota Quantum which was pulling a loaded trailer.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene of the accident at about 5PM, bodies of the accident victims had not been removed from the scene, with police officers conducting their investigations. Witnesses said some people were trapped in the vehicle and were rescued by passersby before the arrival of the Fire Brigade from Bulawayo.

The injured were rushed to St Lukes Hospital by an ambulance from the same hospital. The Bulawayo Fire Brigade arrived at the scene after 5PM. One of the crew who survived the accident, Mr Brian Ncube, narrated how the accident occurred.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle after it burst its left rear tyre before crashing onto a tree. Most of the passengers were coming from South Africa heading to their rural home Dandanda in Lupane,” he said.  Mr Ncube, who was visibly shocked, said he could not remember the number of people who were in their vehicle. “I can’t remember the number of people who were in the vehicle maybe they were 10,” he said. Mr Ncube said among the deceased was a hitch hiker whom they had just picked who was on her way to Lupane with her child.

“The only person who was not coming from South Africa was a woman who died on the spot while the child was among those who were rushed to the hospital. The driver and I are lucky to be alive. We were thrown out of the car,” said the shaken Mr Ncube. Some witnesses said they found the vehicle’s trailer hanging from tree braches with its goods scattered on the ground.

Four killed, 11 injured in Nairobi-Mombasa highway accident

By  For Citizen Digital  13 November 2017Four killed, 11 injured in Nairobi-Mombasa highway accident

The bus that rammed into a parked lorry in Salama area on Monday, November 13 2017.
 Four people have died and 11 others seriously injured after a Nairobi-bound bus they were travelling in hit a lorry in Salama area on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway Monday morning. The bus belonging to Deluxe company rammed into a trailer that had been parked on the roadside killing the four, two men and two women, on the spot.

Confirming the incident, Mukaa OCPD Charles Muthui said the injured were rushed to Machakos Level 5 Hospital while the bodies of the deceased were taken to the Machakos Hospital morgue.

According to the OCPD, the passenger bus was overtaking when it rammed into the trailer. Muthui attributed the accident to carelessness, urging passengers to always protest whenever they see drivers flout traffic rules. He further asked drivers to be cautious while driving during the ongoing rainy season. The wreckage of the bus and the parked trailer were moved to Salama Police Station.

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Five killed 4 injured in Durban accident

Kaveel Singh 13th November 2017 

Five people were killed and four others injured when a car rolled over in Durban on Sunday. (Garrith Jamieson, Rescue Care)

 Durban – Five people were killed after a car rolled down an embankment in Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said on Sunday.

The vehicle left Conway Road on the N3 into the city, just past the Pavilion shopping mall, Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said. “On arrival paramedics found multiple patients still entrapped in the wreckage as it lay on its roof.”

More ambulances were dispatched to the scene to assist and once the patients were freed, it was confirmed that five people had died, Jamieson said. Four others had sustained serious injuries. Advanced life support paramedics stabilised the injured group before transporting them to various hospitals in the city for further care.

“The cause of the collision is still unknown, but police are in attendance to investigate.”

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Seven killed in Singida, Kilimanjaro road accidents

12th November 2017

Hai/Ikungi. Seven people died on Saturday in two different accidents in Hai District,
Kilimanjaro, and Ikungi District, Singida.

Five died in Hai when a bus, Kilimanjaro Express, and a car were involved in a head-on collision. Four other people were seriously injured. Reports say the accident occurred when the driver of the bus tried to overtake other vehicles before it collided with the car that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Hai District medical officer in charge Agnes Temba confirmed the deaths. According to Dr Temba, the bodies are preserved at the hospital waiting for further procedures. The injured have been sent to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.

Botswana ‘has Africa’s best police’

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A study by a security body has ranked Botswana as the country with the best police service in Africa.

The World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) report assessed resources given to the security services to perform their duties, This is Africa news site reports.  It found that nations with smaller populations performed better.

Botswana was 47th in the world in a league table topped by Singapore. Botswana’s government has pinned a tweet celebrating the achievement:  NUMBER 1 |Botswana Police Service ranked No. 1 in Africa🇧🇼👮 🌍 

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 Rwanda came in second in Africa.

Nigeria was ranked last on the continent, and in the world, at position 127. The study said corruption was one of the main problems undermining effective policing in Nigeria.

Railway crossing accident, 6 die on the spot

by Simbarashe Sithole 11th November 2017

 Six people reportedly died on the spot this morning when a pickup truck they were travelling in was hit by a train at a level crossing. According to eyewitnesses there were no survivors.







Cop ‘causes’ crash: ‘Pulls’ handbrake of speeding Honda Fit 

The accident scene in which a Honda Fit (red car) driver lost control and rammed into two cars at the robot-controlled intersection of Nketa Drive and Khami Road in Mpopoma suburb, Bulawayo, yesterday morning. — (Pictures by Prince Sunduzani)

The accident scene in which a Honda Fit (red car) driver lost control and rammed into two cars at the robot-controlled intersection of Nketa Drive and Khami Road in Mpopoma suburb, Bulawayo, yesterday morning. — (Pictures by Prince Sunduzani)

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EIGHT people were seriously injured after a police officer allegedly pulled the handbrake of a speeding pirate taxi causing a pile up involving three vehicles in Bulawayo yesterday. Witnesses said the police officer was among the injured while his female colleague fled to the nearby Mabutweni Police Station as morning rush hour commuters bayed for her blood.

The accident happened at about 8.30AM at the robot-controlled intersection of Khami road and Nketa Drive in Mpopoma suburb.

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They said the red pirate Honda Fit vehicle skidded across the wet tarmac and slammed into a Toyota Corolla before careening off into a head-on collision with a truck. Mr Raymond Chinyama, who witnessed the accident, said there was a deafening bang as the city centre-bound Corolla flew into the air before crashing to the ground about 10 metres from the point of impact.

Four people in the Honda Fit, including the driver, all three people in the Corolla and the driver of the truck were rushed to hospital. Acting Bulawayo chief fire Officer Mr Linos Phiri said the injured were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital. He urged the police to be careful when dealing with pirate Honda fit drivers as they usually exhibit behaviour which leads to accidents.

Commuters who were waiting for Kombis scurried for cover as debris from the crashes showered the area.

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“I had never seen anything like that in my life. It seemed as if I was watching a movie. I saw a speeding Honda fit approaching the robots, all of a sudden it started skidding then rammed into a Corolla. The Corolla flew into the air and landed on its wheels,” said Mr Chinyama. “People scattered in all directions to safety. I ran to the Honda Fit which was the most damaged to try and help the passengers out. There was also a possibility of a fire breaking out.”

A passenger in the Honda Fit said the police officer and his female colleague posed as commuters and got into the pirate taxi. The passenger said when the car was in motion, the cops told the driver he was under arrest and ordered him to drive to Mabutweni Police Station.

“Instead, the driver accelerated towards a red robot. The male cop who was seated in the front passenger seat screamed in terror and grabbed the handbrake,” said the passenger who still appeared dazed. An onlooker said the vehicle skidded across the rain-drenched road as passengers screamed at the top of their voices.

“When the dust settled, the female cop staggered to the roadside and her male colleague lay motionless on the road. Angry fuel vendors beseiged the female cop and she dashed to the safety of the police station which is a few metres from the scene,” said the witness.

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A police officer who was at the scene and spoke on condition of anonymity said contrary to what other witnesses were saying, the Honda fit driver ran a red robot and he suspects the cop pulled the handbrake to avoid a collision. The Chronicle observed angry residents hurling obscenities at the injured police officer who was still lying on the ground.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi could not be drawn to comment on the issue, saying he did not have the facts. “I cannot comment on that issue as I do not have the facts. Can you get back to the Bulawayo police spokesperson. Currently I’m not aware of that issue and I can’t answer, sorry,” he said. — @PrinceNkosy102


10th November 2017 By NICHOLAS KOMU 

Detectives investigating the crash that claimed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru have sought assistance from a car dealer and State road agencies. A team of detectives from both the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Traffic Police Department is leading the investigation and want DT Dobie and tyre manufacturer Pirelli to inspect Mercedes Benz Dr Gakuru was travelling in. They also want the Transport ministry to inspect the scene of the crash at Kabati area in Murang’a County.Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru vehicle was towed to Makuyu police station. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

Central Regional Police boss Gideon Amala, in an exclusive interview with the Nation, on Thursday said they were looking at all possible causes of the Tuesday morning crash. Even though he declined to reveal the status of the investigation, he did not rule out the possibility of foul play. “We are not just relying on witness accounts but also findings from the inspection of the scene and the vehicle,” said Mr Amala.

DT Dobie, according to police, will inspect the crash wreckage to establish if the car it was faulty during the trip from Nyeri to the capital Naorobi. Also, the company will establish when the Mercedes Benz car was last serviced.

The vehicle, according to a police report, was fitted with Pirelli tyres at the time of the accident and the firm will also analyse the wheels to establish if there the tyre burst before, during or after the crash. Initial report on police investigation indicated that the accident was caused by a tyre burst. Pirelli will establish whether the burst occurred before or after the car hit guard rails at Kabati area in Murang’a.

The Transport ministry, on its part, will analyse the guard rails to check if they had been properly installed and their structural integrity. During the accident, the car crashed through and broke 11 concrete pillars supporting the guard rail. The guard rail then penetrated and went through the car, seriously injuring the governor, his bodyguard and aide. “The ministry will give a report on how strong the pillars were and how the rail was fitted and what velocity can break such a concrete pillar,” Mr Amala said. Using that information, the detectives will determine the speed at which the vehicle was moving when it crashed.

A team from the regional traffic headquarters has since Tuesday been combing the scene and inspecting the wreckage for clues.

The Nation has also established that the operations of the governor’s aides and driver is under scrutiny after it emerged he had not picked a specific driver for his official car. It is understood that the governor was still in the process of being orientated to the operations of security men. Police boss Gideon Amala, however, advised against conspiracy theories being circulated on social media, claiming that the governor could have been assassinated.  If anybody feels that they have a theory or any information regarding the accident should forward it to the police,” he said.

“It is insensitive to peddle the information on social media, especially since the family is still mourning.”

Ghana: 241 school children killed in road accidents

9th November 2017

The figure represents 11.7 per cent reduction compared to the same period last year when 273 children were killed.

 A total of two hundred and forty-one (241) schoolchildren were killed and more injured in road crashes from January to September 2017. The figure represents 11.7 per cent reduction compared to the same period last year when 273 children were killed. 

According to the Director for Research at the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr Martin Afram, 1,534 road deaths was recorded between January and September 2017.

He added that 141 of the children who died in the road crashes were males while 100 were females.

Uganda: Priest dies in car crash

By Juliet Lukwago 9th November 2017

Fr Lubaale’s car hit the rear of a parked lorry and the vehicle overturned.

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PIC: The late Fr. Richard Lubaale

The Catholic Church is mourning the loss of their priest who perished in a car accident on Monday night.

Fr Richard Lubaale perished in car accident on the Mbiko-Jinja-Kampala highway on his way back from Namagunga, where he had joined fellow priests to pray for the late Deacon Mulumba, who also died in an accident.

According to his fellow priests with whom they attended the memorial mass, Fr Lubaale left Lugazi close to 10:00pm. Fr Lubaale, who was driving a RAV4, registration number UAU 864F, hit the rear of a parked lorry. His vehicle then rolled several times before settling in a trench off the road. He breathed his last while well-belted on the driver’s seat, in his clerical shirt and a crucifix

The Police took the body to the Jinja Hospital Mortuary, from where it was moved to Kampala.

Burial arrangements The body will be taken his mother’s home tomorrow and later to St. Camillus Seminary, Kimaka for mass at 7:00pm. Burial will take place at the priests’ cemetery near Jinja Cathedral at 2:00pm.

Malawi road traffic fines hiked over 200% to reduce accidents

From driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence, underrating traffic police officers  to dangerous overtaking, there are lots of things you can be fined for in this day and age as Malawi government has increased amount of money motorists can be fined.

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) released their adjusted fees for road traffic services and fines the introduced in an apparent attempt to reduce increasing cases of road accidents largely blamed on reckless driving.

Some of the new fees and fines are as follow and will be with effect from November 13.

1 Driving a vehicle without COF is now at K30,000 from K10,000.

2. Driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence or professional driving permit is now at K100,000 from K10,000

3. Dangerous overtaking is now punishable by a fine of K50,000 from K10,000

4. Exceeding speed limit (speed trap) is at K50,000 from K5,000

5. Underrating traffic police officers will be punishable by K200,000 from K20,000

Road traffic authorities said in earlier a statement that the adjustments have also been necessitated by an increase in cost of service and materials that the Directorate uses in order to serve the general public efficiently. “On the other hand, the continued increase in violations of road traffic laws has shown that the current fines and penalties are not deterrent enough hence the increase,” reads a statement.

Malawi has recently seen an increase in road accidents in which many people have died and several others seriously injured. One of the accidents happed  recently in Mzimba district in which 21 Malawi soldiers died and many others seriously injured after the vehicle they were traveling in overturned at a bend due to over speeding.

The DRTSS rolled out the Malawi Traffic Information System (Maltis) which comprises Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement component which was adopted in 2000, to capture, process and store traffic information and is used for the issuance and renewal of drivers’ licence, motor vehicle licences and permits, road permits and weighbridge data.

135 Dead, 1,118 Injured in 244 Road Accidents in Bauchi

Posted by George 8th November 2017 

Bauchi State which is located at the northern part of Nigeria has endured its fair share of several incidents of road accidents.  Over 135 people have been killed in various road accidents in Bauchi State between January and October, 2017.

Statistics from the state command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, indicated that 1,118 persons were injured during the period.  Bauchi state recorded a total of 244 road traffic accidents within the period which involved 2,148 people and 273 vehicles.

The report also shows that 39 of the accidents were fatal, 145 serious while 53 were minor. According to the report, the highest numbers of accidents were recorded in the month of April, with 35 accidents while the least number of accidents were recorded in the month of June with 12 accidents. The report further indicated that the highest number of deaths were recorded in the months of May and March with 33 and 31 deaths respectively, while the least number of deaths were recorded in June and January with 3 and 5 deaths respectively.

The Sector Commander, Abubakar Najume, disclosed this yesterday in Bauchi that most of the road traffic accidents that occurred on the highways were as a result of over-speeding. Najume said that another major cause of accidents was the lack of adherence of road traffic signs and rules by drivers while driving. He said drivers were beginning to embrace the policy, adding that most of the drivers have started installing the speed limit device on their vehicles.

Ondo Police DPO Dies In Fatal Accident, Son Survives With Injuries

By Anuoluwapo Adeseun   8th November 2017

A fatal motor accident on Ondo/Ore Expressway at Omifon area in the Odigbo Local Government area of Ondo State claimed the life of the Acting Divisional Police Officer in charge of Yaba Police Division Ondo Town, Ondo State, Mr. Aminu Mustapha.

According to a source in the command, the officer was travelling to visit his family members when the accident occurred on Sunday evening, November 5.

It was gathered that his son was also in the Toyota Camry car in which the deceased was traveling. The son however did not die in the accident but sustained injuries.

The source said, “The accident occurred at about 7pm on Sunday evening. The DPO’s car somersaulted when he was traveling at Omifon area with his son and he died immediately. “But the son survived the accident with injuries. He is currently in the hospital receiving treatment.”

Late Mustapha was said to have been transferred to the Yaba Police Division recently in an acting capacity, after the immediate former DPO was transferred .

Double tragedy hits family

08 November 2017

Just hours after being informed of the death of her six-year-old grandson who was hit by a bakkie on Monday, Toini Kaluhoni (age unknown) died after collapsing at the Oshakati State Hospital. According to Kaluhoni’s son Armas, his mother died after arriving at the scene where her grandson, Erastus Shipa, had been hit by a double-cab bakkie at Olulongo village. The boy had been on his way home from school with a group of friends.

Armas said the police took the seriously injured boy to the hospital and his mother followed them. The child succumbed to his injuries and his mother was informed of this by the hospital staff. According to Armas, after receiving the sad news, she went home to tell the family what had happened.

Armas told Namibian Sun that when his mother arrived home, she was in a terrible state and was crying, after which she went silent. “The family rushed her to the Oshakati State Hospital where she collapsed and died,” he said.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened against the driver of the bakkie, identified as Andreas Mbango (71), from Onelago village. According to the Oshana police, Mbango hooted several times when he saw the children trying to cross the road. Erastus and a friend apparently ran into the road and were hit by the bakkie.

The other child was not seriously injured but was also taken to hospital for a check-up.

‘Mature’ driver fined $300 for culpable homicide

8th November 2017

A motorist who survived a horrific car accident which claimed two of his passengers was yesterday fined $300 and suspended from driving for six months by a Gweru magistrate.

Wellington Maregedze (52), who resides in Redcliff, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide when he appeared before Gweru Magistrate Ms Vimbai Makora. In passing sentence, Ms Makora considered that Maregedze was mature and a first offender.

“From the doctors medical report it clearly states that you were greatly traumatised by the accident and you are still in shock. I once considered a prison term, but l thought of your age and your family responsibilities as you are the breadwinner. You will therefore pay $300 fine and in default six months imprisonment. In addition another six months is wholly suspended on condition of good behaviour. Furthermore you are prohibited from driving for six months,” she said.

The prosecutor Mr Pearson Muringani told the court that on August 12 last year, Maregedze, who is a holder of a valid driver’s licence, was driving a South African registered vehicle towards Kwekwe with two passengers on board. On approaching the 262 kilometre peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway Maregedze overtook a vehicle in front of him after and failed failing to see another oncoming vehicle resulting in a head on collision.

“Two passengers died on the spot,” he said.

Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru in grisly road accident

The accident occured on the Thika-Murang’a Highway.

NYERI, Kenya Nov 7 – Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru and his driver suffered serious injuries Tuesday when were involved in a road accident.

The accident occurred at Kabati on the Thika-Murang’a highway as they headed to Nairobi.Gakuru was pronounced dead at the Thika Level Four Hospital where he had been rushed for emergency treatment alongside his driver and Personal Assistant who is in critical condition.

County officials say he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The Council of Governors had just started plans to airlift him to Nairobi Hospital shortly before he passed on. Royal Media Services has confirmed that the governor was headed to Inooro TV for a morning interview.

The accident occured at an area listed by police as a black spot.

Bus crash in Senegal kills 25 people, some on pilgrimage

Senegal radio station Rfm reported on Monday that one of the buses involved in the accident was heading toward Touba where up to 1 million people are heading for Wednesday’s annual Muslim pilgrimage.

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Senegal reports say two buses collided, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least a dozen, including many who were heading to an annual pilgrimage. Senegal radio station Rfm reported on Monday that one of the buses involved in the accident was heading toward Touba where up to 1 million people are heading for Wednesday’s annual Muslim pilgrimage.

The other bus was heading the opposite direction toward Kebemer when the two vehicles collided. The city of Touba hosts the annual pilgrimage celebrating the work of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, a Sufi guide who peacefully opposed French settlers. Cheikh Bamba created the Mouride brotherhood which includes thousands of Senegalese followers.

President Macky Sall and former President Abdoulaye Wade are expected to attend the Touba pilgrimage.

Mr Rawlings Visits Young Accident Victim At Komfo Anokye

6th November 2017

Former President Jerry John Rawlings was at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Saturday to visit a young boy who was struck by a vehicle at Offinso in Kumasi a few months ago.

A vehicle knocked down Peter Mensah, who was six at the time of the accident and is now seven, on his way home, crushing his legs leading to a double amputation.

Mensah who has had multiple surgeries including the amputation, graft and plastic surgery has miraculously responded positively to treatment and was in good spirits when the former President visited the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the hospital to see things for himself. Dr. John Adabie Appiah, Senior Specialist, Paediatric Critical Care and Head of the PICU briefed the former President on the treatments Peter has received since he was admitted to the facility.

He has adapted well to an automatic wheel chair and controls it without assistance.

Flt Lt Rawlings said he was moved when he saw the ‘pitiful’ video of Peter being lifted into a taxi with his limbs hanging off his body and decided to visit anytime he had the opportunity to travel to Kumasi.

The former President who interacted with other patients at the ward also congratulated the doctors and nurses for the hard work in ensuring Peter’s recovery and called for support from well meaning people to cater for his huge medical bills. He promised to do what he could to raise some support for the treatment.

Mr. Rawlings also commended madam Anita Sefa Boakye whose huge financial contributions have paid for the boy’s numerous surgeries and treatments. She told the former President she chanced upon the boy’s predicament during a visit to the hospital a couple of months ago.

Peter’s grandmother, Esther Darkoaa who has cared for him since the accident and his mother Alice Fosuaa who incidentally was heavily pregnant when her son suffered the accident and has since delivered, were both at the hospital during the visit.

Woman killed in Durban car crash


  A woman in her 30s was killed when the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree on the M1 Higginson highway near Havenside in Chatsworth, Durban on Sunday morning. Photo: Rescue Care

Durban – A woman in her 30s was killed when the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree on the M1 Higginson highway near Havenside in Chatsworth, Durban on Sunday morning, paramedics said.

Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene just after 10.10am “to find carnage”, Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said. “The female passenger who was entrapped in the wreckage was assessed and found to have sustained major injuries. Unfortunately there was nothing more paramedics could do for her and she was declared deceased on the scene. The driver had sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene by paramedics.”

Traffic was severely affected as emergency personnel worked on the scene, and only one lane was open for vehicles to pass.

Tanzania’s Ismael Juma killed in motorbike crash

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian marathon runner Ismael Juma died on Thursday when his motorbike collided with a lorry, Athletics Tanzania (AT) announced on Friday.

The 26-year-old was one of Tanzania’s hopes for a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April. “Tanzania athletics has lost one of its top long distance runners,” AT secretary general Wilhelm Gidabuday told AFP.

“Ismail Juma was one of 19 athletes selected to start training later this month for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.” Gidabuday said Juma was heading to the northern town of Arusha when his bike was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. He died at the scene.

The runner was expected to compete in the New Delhi half marathon on November 19. Juma holds the Tanzanian national half marathon record of 59min 30sec.

 Bakkie, motorbike collision leaves 2 dead, 2 injured
 5th November 2017

Two people died in an accident near Franschhoek. (Supplied)

Two people died in an accident near Franschhoek. (Supplied)

Cape Town – Two people were killed and two others severely injured after two bakkies and a motorbike collided on the R101 near Franschhoek on Saturday, paramedics said.ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall said when paramedics arrived at the scene, four men and a child, believed to be two, were found.Siddall said two men were declared dead at the scene.The other man and a child were taken to the Paarl Provincial Hospital for further medical care.

Klerksdorp man critical after his truck fell off a bridge


A truck driver, believed to be in his 30s, is in a critical condition after the truck he was driving fell off a bridge on Tirisano road in Klerksdorp this morning.

The passenger of the truck also believed to be in his 30s, sustained moderate injuries.

At approximately 11h40, ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene where fire and rescue personnel tried to free the two men from the truck. They were later treated and transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

DISTURBING KOMBI ACCIDENT: 12 Zimbabweans Killed In South Africa

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12 Zimbabweans are feared to have been killed in a kombi accident in South Africa. The sudden mishap which saw three of the victims being burnt beyond recognition, happened on the way to Polokwane.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe was quoted saying that 11 “suspected” Zimbabweans died on the spot while one later died at Polokwane hospital after a Polokwane-bound kombi they were travelling in collided with a truck going the opposite direction and caught fire near Botlokwa village. The exact location is along the N1 North highway.

“Twelve people were killed in a culpable homicide case which occurred along the N1 North near Botlokwa village,” said Lt Ngoepe. Ngoepe continued saying “the driver of the kombi hit a stray donkey resulting in him losing control of the vehicle and it subsequently collided with a truck which was travelling from Polokwane to Makhado. One of the victims later died this morning (yesterday) while admitted to Polokwane Provincial Hospital.

He added saying they were still conducting forensic investigations to determine the identities of the victims. – state media

Churches join hands for road safety

Namibian churches are collaborating with the relevant stakeholders to enhance road safety in a campaign that will run until 30 January next year.

03 November 2017

NAThe Council of Churches of Namibia (CCN) and Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) are launching a joint road-safety campaign. The churches will collaborate with the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, the National Road Safety Council, the Private Sector Road Safety Forum and other role players for the campaign taking place under the theme ‘Love Your Neighbour for Safer Roads’.

Speaking at a media conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, WEF chairperson Reverend Lorentz Kuzatjike said road safety was a shared responsibility, hence the church’s decision to actively participate in awareness campaigns.

“The church is directly or indirectly involved when families go through trauma, physical injuries and death caused by road accidents by providing emotional, spiritual and physical support,” said Kuzatjike. The campaign started yesterday and ends on 30 January 2018. It will include ‘prayer walks’ at various junctions, crossroads and other high-risk areas.

A prayer week will be held from 12 to 19 November in which different churches countrywide will engage in daily prayers for safer roads. On 19 November, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be commemorated with prayer walks at various junctions and crossroads.

The day is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the millions of people killed and injured on the roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.

On 10 December, which is also commemorated worldwide as Human Rights Day, all churches countrywide will be mobilised to participate in prayer walks. The effort comes after the MVA Fund call centre reported 3 399 motor vehicle accidents on national roads in which 625 people died from 1 January to 29 October this year. 

Head on Crash kills 4

3rd November 2017

Four people were killed instantly while two were seriously injured in a head-on crash near Okapuka just north of Windhoek yesterday morning.

It is alleged that the driver of a white VW Passat lost control of his car and crashed into a red Toyota Etios that was travelling north. Other road users at the scene told police that the Passat had overtaken when it was unsafe and had travelled at high speed.

The driver of the Etios and three passengers died instantly. Another passenger and the Passat driver were transported to hospital, both in a serious condition.

The shock of the crash was palpable at the scene. Construction workers had rushed to the aid of the victims and were assisting with regulating traffic.

The police were conducting their investigations amid splattered vegetables and clothing strewn across the road surface. Long brake marks indicated that the driver of the Etios had tried to avoid the crash but could not. The vehicle eventually came to a halt some 15 metres from the site of impact.

“We believe that speed was a factor in this accident,” Constable Edmund Khoaseb, a City Police spokesperson, said at the scene.

“It is of cardinal importance that drivers adhere to the speed limit and especially on this route, which is restricted to 80km per hour because of the construction. These speed limits are here for a reason and on top of that, drivers must adjust their speed according to the conditions they find themselves in.

“With the festive season approaching, we have to be even more aware and careful so that we can have safe roads over the holidays,” he said.

11 dead after taxi hit donkey and collides with truck

by Staff reporter 3rd November 2017

Eleven people have died after a taxi collided with a truck on the N1 north of Polokwane on Thursday evening.

Limpopo department of health spokesperson Thabiso Teffo said the taxi had lost control after it hit a donkey in the road near Botlokwa and collided with a truck.

Teffo said 11 occupants of the taxi died at the scene of the accident, while three other people were rushed to various hospitals with serious injuries.

Teffo said the department’s forensic medical services were on the scene.

Road Rage?

2nd November 2017

‘ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE OKAY?’ These two motorists are a great example of how to keep calm and handle what could have been a serious road incident.

Road accidents: More than 2,800 dead in January-September 2017

2nd November 2017

Road accidents: More than 2,800 dead in January-September 2017

ALGIERS- More than 2,800 people died in more than 19,500 road accidents that took place in the first nine months of the year across the country, said the National Centre for Road Safety and Prevention (CNPSR). 

5 people die in a road accident in Salgaa

2nd November 2017

Bus company ordered to pay accident victim

November 1, 2017

Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter

THE High Court has ordered Mzansi Express Bus company to pay a Bulawayo woman more than$10 000 as compensation for injuries sustained in an accident which occured along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road in 2014. Florence Moyo (60), a cross-border trader who was one of the passengers in the South Africa bound bus, sustained multiple injuries when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, which subsequently veered of the road and overturned on February 25, 2014.

Moyo was thrown out of the bus and in the process allegedly lost R12 000.
She was taken to Beitbridge District Hospital before being transferred to Mater Dei Hospital where she was admitted for three weeks.

Moyo was on her way to Musina to buy goods for resale in Zimbabwe. In her summons citing Mzansi Express and its driver Isaac Mabhanti Ncube (69), Moyo sought an order directing the South Africa registered bus company to pay her $86 000 in damages for pain
and suffering, bodily injuries, fracture on the ribs and right ankle and permanent disgurement.

Moyo said $6 000 was for special damages and $80 000 was general damages.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi ruled that the damages were inflated. He ordered Mzansi Express to compensate Moyo R12 000 and $8 822 for general and special damages with interest calculated from September 9 this year to the day of final

“In the result it is ordered that judgment be and is hereby entered against the first
and second defendants jointly and severally the one paying the other to be absolved in the sums of R12 000, $4 822 and $4 000 and costs of suit,” ruled Justice Mathonsi

PMB tax advisor denies he took millions from RAF victims

1st November 2017 Tania Broughton

Money. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Pietermaritzburg – A tax advisor, who was entrusted with millions of rands paid out to car crash survivors by the Road Accident Fund, is now accused of refusing to say where the money has gone.

Estimates, as supplied by the Master’s Office in a document filed with the Pietermaritzburg High Court, put the potential amount allegedly missing while under the care of curator Kathigasen Ponnan Pillay at about R15 million. Pillay has denied any wrongdoing and told News24 that he has accounted for every penny and there is “no theft and no loss”.

Those who rely on the money for medical care and their day to day needs, and attorneys who have since taken over the handling of the estates, tell a different story. “We don’t know where he has gone and where the money has gone,” said Patricia Dlamini, who has cared for her nephew Trevano Jonkers, now 21, since his own mom died. Jonkers was hit by a car when he was eight years old.

‘No money for food’ He suffered brain damage and other physical injuries and was paid out R850 0000 from the fund. Dlamini claimed in June 2017 that payments from Pillay just stopped. “My nephew may need another operation. Right now we don’t have money for food. I am working, doing washing and ironing for other people… but it is still not enough,” she said.

The matter came to light in October in a high court application in which insurance company Safire secured an order compelling Pillay to produce proof of bank accounts and payments for all 10 “estates” which he controlled in terms of curatorships endorsed by the Master’s Office. Safire Chief Executive Officer Pierre Bekker said in his affidavit that Safire had provided security for Pillay’s curatorships. In May this year, the Master’s Office gave notice that Pillay had been removed as curator “for failing to account” in terms of the law. “The Master advised that she believed a loss (about R15m) had incurred,” Bekker said.

‘Missing’ money Bekker said Pillay was obliged to open individual estate bank accounts for each patient and deposit the RAF awards into those for payouts. But to date, Pillay had allegedly refused to provide any details of these and he was apparently ignoring requests from the company and the replacement curators for documented proof of what was done under his watch.

Replacement curator attorney Dianne MacArthur told News24 that she had been trying to contact Pillay since her appointment in May this year. “We have been to his three addresses. They were all locked up or we were told they didn’t know him. When I couldn’t get the documentation, I went back to the original RAF settlement award and then met with my client’s caregiver who gave me a list of everything that had been paid over to her.

“It seems that R500 000 is missing… this is not taking into account what Pillay would have deducted for his own fees. “My client is underprivileged, illiterate and now penniless. And without records, I don’t know if there is anything left for him.”Attorney Howard Felix made similar allegations. His client is brain damaged and living in a shack. He said his investigations revealed that out of about R917 000 paid out by the RAF, his client had received about R13 000.

‘Failed in his duty’ He had reported all his attempts to trace Pillay to the Master’s Office, including photographs taken of locked doors and what appear to be abandoned buildings. Felix said he had attempted to lay a complaint with the police but was told that “it is a civil matter”.

Attorney Richard Lovell Greene, who is also handling one of the estates, said in response to a court order that Pillay had provided some documents “which did not help at all” and R4.4m was still unaccounted for. “He has clearly failed in his duty and the patient is now penniless and on the street,” he said.

When News24 contacted Pillay, he said he was “shocked” by the allegations. He referred questions to his attorney Subhash Maikoo, who said his client was not aware of the Safire court action, “and if he had, he would have opposed it”.

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Father loses teen son and grandson after joyride car crash, 2 others dead.


Durban – A Greytown man whose son and grandson were killed in an accident in the New Dale area on Saturday told the Daily News he was angry that the children had taken his car without his permission.

Enos Msani, 62, suffered a double blow when he lost his son Nhlanhla, 16, and grandson Siyanda Msani, 12, in a car accident that claimed the lives of two other boys who are still to be identified.

“They stole the car and drove it out of my yard without my permission. They knew what they were doing was wrong and now the worst thing has happened. “I wish they were still here for me to shout at them, punish them or something. I am hurt that I will never see them again.”

Msani said he had driven out in his other vehicle, a bakkie, when he received a call at about 1pm on Saturday informing him that Nhlanhla and Siyanda had been involved in an accident in his car. “I rushed to the scene and while driving there I kept asking myself how the boys could do this. “I have had the car for four years and I had never given it to them to drive. My son, Nhlanhla, would drive the car inside the yard after washing it, but never outside. “I kept telling myself that it was not true,” he said.

At the scene, Msani said he learned that there had been four boys in the car. It was not yet clear who had been driving the vehicle as all the occupants were thrown out during the accident. “I found three of the boys were already dead and covered. I had to open each one to identify my son and grandson. The fourth person was still alive and had been rushed to hospital,” said Msane.

Msani said he opened the first covered body and found that it was not somebody he knew. He opened the next and saw it was not his son or grandson, before finding out that the third one was his grandson, Siyanda. Nhlanhla had been taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries. Nhlanhla was a Grade 11 pupil from Greytown Secondary and Siyanda was in Grade 7 at Eshane Primary School. “I am angry that they had to die this way. I do not know exactly who drove the car; whether it was my son or if it was one of his friends who drove my car and caused the accident.”

Msani said the family was shattered and angry at the same time. “These children had bright futures ahead. Nhlanhla was going to be in matric next year and my grandson, Siyanda, was going to start high school. “We had already made arrangements for his school next year, and now they are gone. “It’s terrible to think that they were here this minute and the next thing they are gone, through one mistake,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maskandi musician Phuzekhemisi is mourning the death of his son, Magugu Mnyandu, who died in a car accident yesterday morning.  The accident happened on the N2 near eManzimtoti, when Mnyandu’s vehicle overturned.

Bodies of AVM, driver recovered after vehicle plunges into Lagos Lagoon

OCTOBER 30, 2017 Evelyn Usman and Monsuru Olowoopejo

Hours after news filtered in that Air Vice Marshal Olufunsho Martins (retd) vehicle plunged into the lagoon, scores of relative thronged the Park View home of the deceased to commiserate with family of the deceased. Late Olufunsho Martins Retired Air Vice- Marshal Olufunsho Martin, Saturday, died in a lone accident with his driver on the Third Mainland bridge after his car somersaulted and plunged into the lagoon.

A Ford Explorer Sports Utility Vehicle, in which the Air Vice Marshal Olufunsho Martins(rtd) and his driver were, was brought out from the lagoon in the early hours of Sunday, by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency , LASEMA and local divers, with both occupants dead. Late Martin’s was said to be going to his Funsho Martin’s Avenue, Park View Estate, when the vehicle collided with another, at about 10.55pm, Saturday.

It reportedly somersaulted before it plunged into the lagoon. His true identity was revealed through an identity card found inside the vehicle , after it was brought out. Both bodies were thereafter, taken to the Nigerian Airforce hospital, Ikeja . Information at Vanguard’s disposal has it that the late AVM had just returned from the United Kingdom, to attend the burial of a relative .

When Vanguard visited his home at about 6:00 pm Sunday, sympathisers among who were his course mates, friends and relatives visited his Park View Estate residence, when news of his death filtered round.   Some of the sympathizers could not hide their displeasure over the death of the deceased, stressing that he should not have been him considering his generosity.

Four KZN pupils killed in car accident

30th October 2017 BY BONGANI MTHETHWAIt's not yet clear what led to the crash.

 Four learners were killed in a car accident in Greytown in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on Saturday.

KwaZulu-Natal education spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said details about the accident as well as the learners had not yet been established.

KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families‚ friends‚ and the affected schools of the deceased.

Form 6 pupil drives into vending stalls kills 11-yr-old

by Staff reporter 30th October 2017AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy died while two other people were injured after an Upper Six pupil lost control of a vehicle he was driving and rammed into a shop and some vending stalls in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb yesterday.

Menzele Siziba, who was in Grade Six at Tategulu Primary School in the same suburb, was buying bread at a tuck-shop near their home when a vehicle that was being driven by Fredrick Dube veered off the road and came straight at him, knocking him down. The accident happened at around 8AM. The vehicle, a red Ford Ranger, rammed into an Econet shop and some vending stalls, injuring two people before it came to a halt. The injured were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene, residents had gathered around Mrs Abigail Siziba, Menzele’s mother, who was sitting next to her son’s body, wailing uncontrollably. The father of the deceased lives in South Africa. Menzele and his mother recently came back from the neighbouring country where they were based for some time.

“My son, I had him when I was very young, how can he be taken away from me like this? There was lots of traffic in South Africa but he manoeuvred and always found his way to school. Now we come to settle back home and he gets killed on a dusty road with so few vehicles? All he only wanted was to have his tea and go to church,” said Mrs Siziba.

The driver of the vehicle surrendered himself to the police following the accident. He is a holder of a valid driver’s licence.

Fredrick was coming from dropping his mother and siblings at Cowdray Park Catholic Church when the accident happened, his father, Mr Melusi Dube, said. Fredrick’s parents rushed to the scene following the accident and his mother, accompanied by other congregants, sat next to the mother of the deceased, in a sombre atmosphere. Luveve Member of Parliament, Ntandoyenkosi Mlilo and Cowdray Park Councillor Mr Collet Ndlovu, also attended the scene and both described the accident as sad and unfortunate.

Two killed, four seriously injured in Limpopo car crash

29th October 2017

Two people died and four others were seriously injured when the car they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a tree along the R36 in Tzaneen, Limpopo on Saturday morning, paramedics said.

Paramedics from ER24 and local services arrived on the scene at about 7.30am where they found four people had been ejected from the car, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.

“Two of the ejected occupants sustained fatal injuries and were declared dead. Four others were treated for various serious injuries and later rushed to a nearby hospital.”

The circumstances surrounding the accident were not yet known, but it appeared that the car crashed into a tree on the centre median, he said.

2 dead, 14 injured after truck and taxi collide


Benoni – Two women have been killed and fourteen others injured on Friday afternoon when a taxi and truck collided on the Holfontein Road in Etwatwa, Benoni. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics, along with other services, had found the wrecked taxi in the middle of the road at around 12:15 on Friday afternoon.

“The truck was found parked a short distance away on the side of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.” “Upon closer inspection, paramedics found the bodies of two woman lying trapped inside of the taxi. Unfortunately, both women had already succumbed to their multiple injuries. “Nothing more could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene,” he said.

Meiring said the driver of the taxi was found lying trapped inside the vehicle while approximately 13 others were found either in the taxi or were walking around on the scene. “Assessments showed that the taxi driver and two other women had sustained critical injuries while eleven others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate,” he said.

Meiring said the fire service had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the driver from the vehicle, while paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. He said once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. “The driver of the truck fortunately escaped injury,” he said.

Two killed, four seriously injured in Limpopo car crash

Saturday 28 October 2017

The circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet known.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet known.(SABC)

Two people have died and four others were seriously injured when the car they were travelling in veered off the road and crashed into a tree along the R36 in Tzaneen, Limpopo on Saturday morning.

Paramedics from ER24 and local services arrived on the scene at about 7.30am where they found four people had been ejected from the car, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said. “Two of the ejected occupants sustained fatal injuries and were declared dead.” Four others were treated for various serious injuries and later rushed to a nearby hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the accident were not yet known but it appeared that the car crashed into a tree on the centre median, he said.

Mechanic ‘stole’ car for joyride, crashes 1 dies, car burns

by Staff reporter 28th October 2017

THE owner of a vehicle that crashed into a tree and caught fire, killing the driver while injuring two men in Bulawayo’s Nketa 6 suburb on Wednesday night, has said his mechanic ‘stole’ his car for a joyride with his friends.

The driver of the new Nissan Skyline spoilt with 17 inch alloy rims died on the spot after he was thrown out of the car while two passengers sustained  serious injuries. They were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital where they are admitted. The driver is suspected to be a popular club bouncer (name withheld because his next of kin are yet to be informed) in the city.

Mr Collen Zvimbvatu (46) said his mechanic, Donald Maliga, took his vehicle and gave it to his friend, who is suspected to be unlicensed, to drive without his consent. He said Maliga went for a ‘joyride’, which ended in tragedy, with his brother Brighton and the deceased. According to Mr Zvimbvatu, the Maliga brothers were battling for their lives in hospital.

“I gave Don my car to fix the fuel pump and he told me it also needed a new battery so I gave him money to buy these and he was supposed to have been done this Friday,” said Mr Zvimbvatu. “To my surprise I received news that the car is a write off. I then saw it on The Chronicle’s front page. I don’t even know the man who was driving. I asked Don at the hospital if he had a licence and he could not give a clear answer. He told me he only met him at bars and doesn’t even know where he lived.”

He said police investigating the accident managed to identify the bouncer when they picked his national identity card at the scene. Mr Zvimbvatu said he was shocked when he heard the news of the accident as he knew his car to be at a garage. “As I was in a meeting, someone called Shakespeare came and told me that Don had been admitted and my car had been burnt to a shell,” he said.

“My wife and I are shocked. A car that was brand new has become a wreck like this and we only read in the newspaper where it was not even specified whose car it was. I took the story lightly because I was confident my car was at a workshop being fixed,” said Mr Zvimbvatu. He said the only recognisable thing left of his $10 000 car were the mag wheels and number plate. The disgruntled owner said he would sue Maliga.

“To make matters worse, I only insured this car on third party; it’s not on full cover. In as much as he has nothing, I am suing him. I have lost everything; the car, money used to buy the battery and the pump, all gone. “A vehicle worth more than $10 000 gone just like that, he has to pay,” said Mr Zvimbvatu angrily

Woman killed after car overturns

27th October 2017 Nation Nyoka 

A woman has been confirmed dead after she lost control of her SUV. (Supplied)

A woman has been confirmed dead after she lost control of her SUV. (Supplied)

Cape Town – A woman has been declared dead and her two children have been injured after she lost control of her vehicle between Vredendal and Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape on Thursday evening.

According to Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa, the woman were injured in the accident.lost control of her Mitsubishi SUV, and it overturned. Her two sons, who were passengers in the vehicle, as well as a male hitchhiker she had picked up,

Driver killed, 2 injured in ‘drink & drive’ accident

by Staff reporter 27th October 2017

 A BULAWAYO man died on the spot while two others were injured when the car they were travelling in crashed into a pole before hitting a tree and catching fire on Wednesday night. The incident occurred around midnight at Nketa 6 suburb Park.

The driver, suspected to have been in his early 30s, died after he was thrown out of the car while two passengers were injured. They were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital where they are admitted. The trio is suspected to have been drunk.

“It was in the middle of the night when I heard a loud bang. I immediately ran out to investigate and saw the Nissan skyline overturning, before it caught fire,” said Mr Joseph Ndlovu. “Some people said the car veered off the road and struck a streetlight pole before crashing into a tree. I saw the vehicle burst into flames soon after hitting the tree.”

Mr Ndlovu said some residents who had gathered at the scene rescued the two passengers before the car burst into flames but they were badly injured. “We had just laid the second passenger on the side of the road when there was a sudden hissing sound. The car suddenly burst into flames. The two men were lucky because they could have burnt to death,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said someone called the fire brigade but by the time the fire fighters arrived, the vehicle was already a shell.  Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the accident. The names of the accident victims could not be established by the time of going to print.

“I can confirm that there was an accident but I do not have the names of the victims yet. The driver died on the spot and the other two sustained injuries on their faces and arms. We are yet to identify them,” said Insp Simango. She said the vehicle was reduced to a shell.

Strubens Valley bakkie and car collide leaving four injured

Four people were left injured this morning when a bakkie and light motor vehicle collided at the Hendrik Potgieter and Nic Dieerdricks Road intersection in Strubens Valley, west of Johannesburg.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find both the bakkie and the light motor vehicle in the middle of the road. The occupants had already climbed out of the vehicle and were found walking around on the scene.
Paramedics assessed the patients, two men, and two women, and found that they had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Beitbridge socialite dies in car crash doing 300km/h

Beitbridge socialite dies in car crash doing 300km/h

A BEITBRIDGE socialite died in a high speed car crash on Sunday night, where he was allegedly driving at 300/ hour.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesman Inspector Philisani Ndebele could not be reached for comment, but police sources identified the deceased as John Kolosa, a popular motor vehicle clearing agent based at Beitbridge Border Post.

Sources said Kolosa died on the spot after sideswiping another car with his recently imported six-speed VW GTI, which rolled for more than 150 metres from the point of impact. His friend, a male nurse identified only as Irvine, miraculously survived with a fractured wrist.

The driver of the other car, a South African-registered Toyota pick-up truck, was hospitalised together with Irvine. A young woman who dropped off Kolosa’s car at Lutumba, where they had a few drinks before the fatal crash, spoke of a nightmarish ride from Lion and Elephant Hotel. “He was doing 270 kilometres per hour and I could hardly believe when we got here,” she said.

Irvine told people who pulled him out of the mangled car that when they crashed, the speedometer needle was sitting on 300 km/h (Sic !), above the normal take-off speed of commercial aeroplanes.

He is survived by his wife and an infant.

  Kenyan driver held for smashing car in Lira

By Hudson Apunyo 25th October 2017

An eye witness said he saw G’tongotheori wrestle with a Police officer on the steering wheel before the vehicle lost control, hitting a padle cycle and the parked saloon vehicle, registration number UAX 792D.

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PIC: Job Ojwang looking at the wreckage of his vehicle at Lira CPS 

A Kenyan truck driver is being held at Lira Central Police Station for allegedly causing an accident. 

Joseph G’tongotheori is said to have smashed a stationery saloon car in Lira town yesterday afternoon. Police said G’tongotheori was flagged down in Dokolo by fika salama officers, but he defied the order and continued to Lira. The officer in charge of traffic at Lira CPS, Muhamed Bigirwa, said he was briefed about the driver by his counterpart in Dokolo and told to intercept the truck. He said he alerted officers on the Dokolo-Lira highway, who tried to stop the driver, but he refused to stop.Bigirwa said he then went and intercepted G’tongotheori at Uhuru Bar in Lira Municipality and ordered him to drive to Lira CPS, but he was hesitant and accused the Police of targeting him for being a Kikuyu and a supporter of Uhuru Kenyatta.

Bigirwa said he then deployed a Police officer to escort the vehicle to Lira CPS, but on their way, the man started to drive recklessly and ended up causing the accident.

PIC: The truck that G’tongotheori was driving
G’tongotheori was driving an Isuzu Box body registration number KBS 685T without any goods. An eye witness said he saw G’tongotheori wrestle with a Police officer on the steering wheel before the vehicle lost control, hitting a peddle cycle and the parked saloon vehicle, registration number UAX 792D.

The owner of the saloon vehicle, Joe Ojwang, said he had taken it for washing when he heard a loud bang. Ojwang said he wants the person responsible for the accident to buy him a new car.

Drink Driving: Car crash claims two on the spot 

25th October 2017

 Two people died when a speeding Honda Fit they were travelling in overturned at Kazangarare road in Karoi on Sunday.

Eye witnesses allege the vehicle was carrying love birds two men and two women from Muchikangwe suburb in Karoi who were drinking and partying on Sunday. “The car had four people on board who were lovers, both men died on the spot while their lovers escaped with minor injuries,” said the source.

“The accident was due to speeding because they were drinking and driving as well as partying on Sunday.” Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabweazara could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered.

Fatal road accidents are on the increase in Zimbabwe.

Buea: Malingo military truck accident kills two, several injured

Two persons have been confirmed dead in Buea after a truck belonging to the gendarmes rammed into several vehicles and bystanders at the Malingo junction on Friday, October 20.

One of the victims, Ewane Nora, was a level 400 law student at the university of Buea. Several others who were seriously injured were rushed to hospital.  According to eyewitness report, the embittered population had sprung out ready to set at blaze the truck but were however teargassed to silence.

Going by pundits, Friday’s malingo accident in Buea and melodrama that ensued after, further ruptured the trust between the governed and the rulers.

At approximately 15h27 on Monday 23 October 2017, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a very serious collision involving two trucks on the N1 direction Johannesburg just before the Allandale off-ramp in Midrand.

Reports from the scene allege that the truck crashed into the Roads Agency truck and pushed it off the road and into a large road sign.

Advanced Life Support paramedics attended to the two male drivers, both of whom had sustained moderate injuries. Both were stabilised at the scene before being transported by ambulances from Netcare 911 and another ambulance service to hospital for further assessment and care.

Two lanes of the highway were obstructed by one of the trucks and southbound traffic was impacted resulting in long delays. North bound traffic also backed up past the Buccleuch Interchange due to spectator value.

13,000 unlicensed drivers caught in one year

by Staff reporter 23rd October 2017

MORE than 13 000 people were arrested for driving without valid driver’s licences last year, with statistics showing a sustained prevalence of the offence over the past four years.

Latest data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) quarterly digest of statistics shows that 13 619 unlicensed drivers were arrested in 2016. The data also shows that 3 465 unlicensed drivers were arrested in the first quarter of this year. However, statistics for the other two quarters of 2017 were not immediately available.

A total of 2 524 were arrested in the first quarter of 2016, 4 611 in the second quarter, 2 601 in the third quarter and 3 883 in the last quarter of the year. The total translates to an average of 37 unlicensed drivers being arrested daily countrywide. According to the data 13 800 unlicensed drivers were arrested in 2015, 18 315 in 2014 and 12 137 in 2013.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi could not immediately comment saying he needed to verify the statistics first. He asked for questions in writing via email but had not responded at the time of going to print.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment as she was not answering her mobile phone. Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) spokesperson Mr Tatenda Chinoda declined to comment and referred questions to ZRP National Traffic Branch. National Traffic Section spokesperson Inspector Tigere Chigome also declined to comment.

Police have been on record warning that they would not tolerate unlicensed drivers.



ONE man was killed and five others injured when two cars collided on the N14 before the R55 in Centurion. When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene they found fire services extinguishing a fire that had broken out on a car.

Two other vehicles were found in the fast lane against the centre barriers. “Two men were found lying outside the vehicle while several others were walking around on the scene,” ER24 said. According to ER24, a man was also found lying outside a vehicle with several injuries and showed no signs of life.

Five other occupants were assessed on the scene, one man was found in a critical condition while the other four had sustained small injuries. It is believed that two vehicles collided and had come to a stop against the centre barrier.

A third vehicle then apparently crashed into the two others a few moments late

Nine die in separate limpopo road accidents overnight


  22nd October 2017

Nine people died in separate road accidents on Limpopo roads late on Friday night and early on Saturday morning, Limpopo police said.

“The first  accident happened late last night [Friday] at Mukula village in Vhembe when two sedans collided head on following unsafe overtaking and two people died on impact,” Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said.

In another accident four people died at Ximoxoni village when a truck collided with a light delivery vehicle. Three men and one woman died in impact while one sustained critical injuries. Two people sustained serious injuries while six sustained minor injuries.

In Seshego, outside Polokwane, two people died when the driver of the sedan in which they were travelling lost control and the car overturned. The driver and another passenger sustained serious injuries.

A 35-year-old male driver died when a sedan and a bakkie collided head on at Mohodi Ga-Manthata near Dendron. The driver of the sedan and a passenger sustained serious injuries, Ngoepe said.
– African News Agency (ANA)

Drunk policeman fined

by Staff reporter 22nd October 2017

A POLICE officer from Bulawayo who rammed a car into a Nkulumane suburb house while drunk, injuring two siblings has been fined $300 for negligently driving without a licence.

In June, Munyaradzi Mupfawa (26) crashed into the house resulting in the injury of two siblings, Josphat Chibaya and Michael Chibaya aged nine and six.
The siblings were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital.

At the time of the accident, Mupfawa is alleged to have been with another cop, only identified as Duvai and the two were allegedly drunk. Mupfawa pleaded not guilty to driving without a licence and negligent driving when he initially appeared before Western Commonage Magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu in August.

Mr Ndhlovu, however, convicted him of both crimes. He fined him $100 for driving without a licence and $200 for negligent driving. The magistrate also prohibited Mupfawa from driving any vehicle for two years until he acquired a driver’s licence. The court heard that Mupfawa has since paid for the repairs to the house.

Prosecuting, Mr Tony Kamudyariwa said Mupfawa drove around Nkulumane 5 at midnight without a licence. “While on duty on June 4, the accused drove a red Honda Fit in Nkulumane 5 yet he is not a holder of a valid licence,” said Mr Kamudyariwa. “Mupfawa lost control of the vehicle and hit a wall which collapsed into a room where children were sleeping, thereby injuring two siblings, Josphat Chibaya and Michael Chibaya.”

Recently, it was revealed that police are no longer charging motorists with drunken driving. It emerged they do not have breathalysers and could not facilitate blood tests to determine the amount of alcohol in a person’s system at the time of an accident.

Tanzania VP Samia calls for strict rules to curb accidents

21 OCTOBER 2017

THE Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, yesterday underscored the need for stringent road traffic laws to curb road accidents that have continued to claim lives of innocent people across the country.

The VP said this on the backdrop of yet another road tragedy that killed seven people in Hanang district while she presided over the opening of the annual Road Safety Week in Moshi region, calling for a more efficient Road Traffic legislation.“I call upon road safety stakeholders, ministries, authorities, agencies, companies and others to collaborate in the road safety issue and the fight against road accidents. It is high time we make sure all Road Traffic laws are reviewed and amended so that they’re up to date,” the Vice-President said.Apparently echoing the outcry of road safety stakeholders, she said the laws should focus on five risk factors which are responsible for more deaths and serious injuries. She mentioned the road users’ behaviour that often leads to serious road traffic tragedies as over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.According to statistics from the Traffic Police, 1,375 people died as a result of 4,271 road crashes recorded between January and September this year, with 4,233 escaping with minor and serious injuries.

The stats show a sharp decline in the number of deaths, accidents and injuries from the previous year, in which a total of 7,791 accidents which were responsible for 2,503 deaths were recorded.

The VP said despite the decrease in road fatalities, Tanzania is still ranked poorly globally as far as road safety is concerned, and called for more action, including mandatory vehicle inspection, inspection and confiscation of fake licences and the use of modern technologies in enforcing road laws and regulations.

She said most of the accidents, about 76 per cent, are caused by human errors, and she believes the tragedies could be avoided if drivers and other road users observed road safety measures and adhered to the laws and regulations.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Mwigulu Nchemba, on his part said road safety issues should be the concern of every Tanzanian, and vowed that his ministry will sustain the ongoing campaign and operations aimed at reducing road accidents and deaths.

“We want road safety concerns to be a family matter, whereby matters relating to road safety and accidents can feature prominently in family talks and discussions,” Mr Nchemba said.

On the other hand, Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA), reiterated their call for the reform of Road Traffic Act of 1973. TAMWA Director, Ms Edda Sanga, said road stakeholders should mark the week by raising their voices in demand for a new legislation that would replace the outdated Road Safety Act of 1973.

Approximately 8 injured after car and taxi collide on Eeufees Road in Johannesburg

At approximately 08h03 on Friday morning 20 October 2017, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a very serious collision on the N14 direction towards Johannesburg between the Eeufees and Trichardt off-ramps.

Reports from the scene allege that a truck had broken down on the highway and that one of the approaching vehicles swerved to avoid the truck and collided with another vehicle. Both vehicles then overturned. The incident and preceding events will form part of a police investigation.

Paramedics from various ambulance services attended to approximately eighteen people at the scene. The majority of the injured had sustained relatively minor injuries with two people sustaining moderate to serious injuries. The Police and Fire Department were at the scene. Lane closures resulted in significant delays for motorists travelling from Pretoria towards Johannesburg.

Approximately 8 injured after car and taxi collide on Eeufees Road in JohannesburgApproximately 8 injured after car and taxi collide on Eeufees Road in Johannesburg

Nigerian Girl Who Survived Car Crash That Killed Entire Family Set To Bag PhD At Age 27

20th October 2017

27-year-old Chigoziem Emereuwa lost her entire family to a car crash that claimed all her siblings and both parents on the 17th of August 2001, but she is now prepped to graduate with a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Pretoria, S. Africa.

In an interview with Flourish Africa, she recounted how the tragic incident occurred. According to her, : “I
only remember being in the back seat, playing a travel game with my sister and then waking up in
hospital. .

I don’t recall any form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as my paternal family made sure I wasn’t alone, I didn’t even get a chance to mourn properly. It seemed like the loss hit my aunts more than it did me so I had to be strong. However, my grades did go down and my mom was no longer there to push me. I felt no urge to work
hard since I had learnt that you could lose everything in a second so, why bother?”

As she gets older, Chigo has found support in good friends, cousins that have become siblings and a constant reassurance that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end. “Every time I wake up, I remind myself that I am my parent’s legacy so I try to stay focused on my end game which is to be better than I was yesterday,” she added.

4 killed in head-on collision

 20th October 2017

FOUR people died on the spot while three others were seriously injured when a lorry and a haulage truck were involved in a head on collision along the Masvingo-Mutare Road. The deceased – a two-year-old boy and three women – died in the accident which occurred on Wednesday morning.

Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwa referred all questions to national police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, who was not reachable yesterday.

However, sources said the accident occurred near Zishumbe Business Centre in Masvingo rural and bodies of the deceased were taken to Masvingo General Hospital. “Three passengers including two drivers and an assistant were injured and were rushed to the same hospital where their condition is said to be stable but critical,” the source said.

Lest we forget that brilliant Matabele son

by George M Mkhwanazi  20th October 2017

Today marks 24 years since the death of Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya, that brilliant Matabele son, scholar and activist who died tragically in a car accident at the Heany Junction with Dr Themba Nkabinde on their way to Harare on the 19th of October, 1993.

Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya’s brief political activism had a profound effect in the shaping of political views of many young Matabeles at the time and indeed many more others who became active under iMbovane yaMahlabezulu and Vukani Mahlabezulu. He is arguably the father of Mthwakazi nationalist politics. Unlike the Zimbabwe nationalist brand of politics inherited from ZANU which suppressed precolonial Matabele heroism, Ndema ignited the imagination of many Matabeles when he together with Hudson Halimana Ndlovu, illustrated how Ndebeles became the only defenders of this country against colonialism during its invasion by white settlers when others elected to collaborate. He demonstrated how Matabele people exhibited rare bravery and squared up against a well equipped British Army that used the World’s hitherto deadliest weapon of mass destruction (the Maxim gun) against King Lobhengula’s spear-wielding warriors for the first time after its manufacture.

Ndema was extremely articulate and I sometimes wonder what would have happened had he lived longer.

“We must die as Mthwakazians so that we can live freely with clear consciences in the hereafter, anything other than that is a betrayal to our brave forefathers,” said Ngwenya addressing a public meeting at the Large City Hall. The following day the Bulawayo Chronicle Headlines screamed:

NDEMA MUST BE STOPPED! Two days later Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya died tragically in a car accident.

1 dies, 2 injured as vehicle falls into gully in Cross River

One person has died while two others were seriously cross riverinjured after a bus fell inside a gully at a bad portion of the Biase-Calabar federal highway, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Both the deceased and the injured were among those who went into the gully to rescue the people inside the vehicle.

The head of the vigilante in Iwuru community in Biase, Mr Daniel Bassey, told a NAN correspondent, who visited the scene, that the incident happened at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. He said the driver of the bus failed to observe the warning sign indicating that a section of the road was no longer motorable.

 “The whole incident happened at the early hours of Tuesday. The driver failed to observe all the warning signs and even when the vigilante men were trying to stop him, he sped off and fell inside the gully.
 “Incidentally, the driver did not die. But when our men went into the gully to rescue him, the other layer of the road now fell on three people.“One died instantly, while two others sustained very deep injuries,’’ he said. When a NAN correspondent visited the victims at Pioneer clinic in nearby Betem community, they were said to be in stable condition.

One of them, Mr Samuel Bassey, told NAN that he only went inside the gully to save the fallen vehicle and the driver before the remaining layer of the road fell on him and two others.

“I am a member of Iwuru community vigilante. As soon as the other portion of the road became bad, we all agreed that we will be coming out at night to direct vehicles so that there will not be any accident.

“On Tuesday morning, a vehicle fully loaded with biscuits and can-drinks fell inside the gully. “As we went in to rescue the driver, the upper layer of the road that was left now fell on us and I found myself in the hospital. “These injuries are too deep for me to bear. At this point, I don’t even have money to run the necessary test the doctors required. I am appealing to the government to come to my aid,’’ he said.

It was reported that rehabilitation work on the road was ongoing as the Federal Government had mobilised Sermatech Construction Company to site.Mr Bassey Nsentip, Assistant Director, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, who was seen supervising the work, described the death  as unfortunate. “I heard that a vehicle fell  into that gully in the night after failing to adhere to the directions of the local vigilante group.

“I wish to appeal to road users to always obey road signs. I am happy that massive work is going on this road now and very soon the road will be much better for motorists,’’ he said.

Cape Town taxi driver crashes car while chasing clients who mugged him

19th October 2017 Tammy Petersen 

An Uber driver was involved in a crash after being robbed by clients in Goodwood. (Resq Medix)

An Uber driver was involved in a crash after being robbed by clients in Goodwood. (Resq Medix)

Cape Town – An meter taxi driver was involved in a crash on Wednesday after being mugged of his belongings by clients when he collected them in Goodwood.Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the driver had been called out to Voortrekker Road.”According to information… he was robbed by two unidentified suspects [who took his] cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money,” she said. “The suspects then got out of the vehicle, the complainant gave chase, and an accident occurred.”Resq Medix operations manager Warren Cupido said paramedics had found everyone in stable conditions at the scene. They had refused treatment.

Cupido said the mugging took place minutes after the trip had begun. One person was in the other vehicle when the collision occurred at the corner of Van Riebeeck and Dingle roads.

7 die, 7 injured in post-wedding accident

The dead were identified as Selina Hando (35) from Babati; Amina Saha (50), a Duru villager, Hiit Gwande (50) from Riroda, Elizabeth Hilonga (25) from Heloton, John Timothy (17) and the driver, Wilson Daudi aka Simba (46), whose 15-year-old son’s name was not immediately established.Initial reports indicated that the newlyweds, Mr Philip Samuel and Ms Flora Baso, were among the survivors, when the vehicle in which they were passengers – a Noah with registration number T 740 DJQ was knocked down by a lorry.The driver of the Noah and his son died on the spot, and the bride was seriously hurt. The driver of the truck (registration number T 449 CDR) owned by Lake Hill Paradise Ltd of Singida, fled after the accident.The Manyara Regional Traffic Officer (RTO), Ms Mary Kipesha, remarked that the driver of the smaller vehicle was at fault, remarking: “He turned right without signalling his intention by flashing the indi cator, prompting the speeding lorry driver to ram into the car, after failing to stop abruptly.”

Hanang District Hospital medical officer on-duty, Mr Chawokiwa Msangi, said they had preserved the seven bodies of the casualties, and were attending the survivors, except the bride, who was referred to Hydom Hospital.

Those admitted at Tumaini District hospital are Philip Samuel, Faustine Sebastian, Samuel Nade and Lina Isack. Two others whose names were yet to be established, were treated and released.

Getasam villag ers blamed the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) for not placing important signposts on the roads, to which they attributed many accidents. This is the fourth accident to occur at an area with feeder roads adjoining the Singida – Arusha Highway in less than 18 months. The accidents have claimed 17 lives, leaving 14 injured.

JOHANNESBURG — Rights group Afriforum said on Tuesday it would privately prosecute Duduzane Zuma, the son of South Africa’s president, on a charge of culpable homicide over an accident in 2014 where one person was killed.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided not to prosecute Duduzane after his Porsche 911 sports car ploughed into a minivan in Johannesburg in heavy rain, killing Phumzile Dube and critically injuring two, police said at the time. Attempts to reach Duduzane, who rarely speaks to the media, were unsuccessful.

South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who laid out the murder case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, will prosecute Duduzane on behalf of the rights group. Nel resigned in January to join a civic group that plans to bring private prosecutions in criminal cases that the state opts not to pursue.

Under South African law private prosecutions of cases can be pursued in the public interest. “There exist no valid grounds for the NPA to decline to prosecute Mr Zuma (Duduzane), and Dube’s family deserves that justice is served,” Nel said.

During his 36-year career at the NPA, Nel was known for taking on the powerful and politically connected. His biggest scalp was former police chief and Interpol head Jackie Selebi, who was convicted of corruption in 2010.

Speeding cars kill two kids in separate same day accidents

Nqobile Tshili/Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Correspondents 17th October 2017

Police take away the body of a child who was knocked down by a taxi along the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road in Riverside yesterday.

TWO children aged three and seven years died after being hit by speeding taxis in Bulawayo yesterday while a third person was injured after a police officer allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of a moving vehicle in the city centre.

The Chronicle news crew attended all the three accidents and human error was blamed in all of them. A grey Honda Fit that ran against traffic on the one-way-street near the intersection of Basch Street and 6th Avenue extension, bumped into the three year old who was strapped to his mother’s back at around 5PM.

The baby flew headlong onto the road and the driver of the car, whose registration number
onlookers said was AEE 5226, did not stop. The tot died on the spot. Speeding cars kill two kids in separate same day accidents . A witness, who identied the mother as Ms Netsai Marufu, said: “The child was on his mother’s back when a grey Honda Fit which opposed other vehicles, hit the mother and child who were not expecting a vehicle from that direction. The child died on the spot.”

When the news crew arrived at the scene, the mother was sobbing uncontrollably while her relatives and residents tried to console her. An angry mob had gathered and was baying for the hit and run driver’s blood.

In the second incident, the seven year old was fatally knocked down by an Expricos Taxi along Bulawayo-Gwanda Road near Bobs Garage in Riverside suburb around 5PM. She was allegedly trying to cross the busy road to follow her mother who had already crossed to the other side. When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene, the child’s mother sat next to her daughter’s body, weeping inconsolably.

“The sad thing is that they had just picked a $10 note and decided to cross the road to buy some groceries with it. The mother crossed the road and her daughter was hit by a speeding taxi as she ran after her. This is really a dicult thing to occur to any woman let alone mother. How is she going to explain to her husband how the child died? She is going to be left with a lot of ifs,” said one of the witnesses.

Expricos Taxis chairperson Mr Mpumelelo Khumalo mourned the child’s death. He blamed the driver for failing to exercise due care. “We heard how the accident occurred but we are blaming our driver. He could have been speeding. As we are talking the driver has been red. He did not follow our policy that our drivers should always drive on the outer lane. And it’s clear in this accident he was not in the outer lane. We want to express our condolences to the affected family,” said Mr Khumalo.

The third accident occurred around 8AM after a police officer allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of a moving kombi to stop a driver who was fleeing arrest. The driver lost control of the vehicle and knocked down a man who was walking by the
roadside. A crowd gathered near Hyper Pick N Pay and tried to mete out instant justice on the overzealous cop.  The man was whisked off and by the end of the day the extent of his injuries could not be


  Oct 16, 2017

By HILARY KIMUYU and OUMA WANZALATraffic jam along Thika Superhighway where a road accident claimed the lives of four people. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

Four people died on Sunday morning when the car they were travelling in hit a stationary lorry along Thika Superhighway. The four were in a private car headed to Nairobi which hit a stationary lorry carrying bricks. The lorry was also headed in the same direction.

According Juja OCPD, Patricia Narsio, the victims died at the scene. “It’s not clear why they didn’t see the lorry. A sign had been placed several metres from the truck,” he said.

Meanwhile, more people are dying in Nairobi County in road accidents compared to any other devolved unit in the country, statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) show.

NUMBER OF DEATHS. Since January, more than 316 people have died in Nairobi, compared to one in Wajir County during the same period. Kiambu County is second in terms of deaths, at 175, followed by Nakuru (166) and Machakos (127). Tharaka-Nithi recorded two deaths, Mandera (four), West Pokot (six) and Isiolo (eight). The statistics further indicate that since January, road accidents have claimed 2,184 lives, compared to 2,344 last year during the same period.

Those who died this year were 824 pedestrians, 238 drivers, 537 passengers, 176 pillion passengers, 39 pedal cyclists and 370 motorcyclists. NTSA Director-general Francis Meja said regular enforcement of regulations, education and awareness campaigns are some of the measures the authority has put in place to curb wrongdoing by riders. Statistics show that 119,716 motorcycles have been registered.

14 Injured in taxi crash on the M4 North Bound near Dahlbridge in Durban

 Fourteen people have sustained various injuries after a taxi lost control and rolled numerous times on the M4 North Bound near Dahlbridge in Durban on Saturday morning.

Just after 06:15am Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find a single taxi had somehow lost control and rolled coming to rest on its wheels. A total of fourteen people had sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene before being transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

Zimbabwe: AFM overseer in fatal road accident

by Simbarashe Sithole 15th Oct 2017

  The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Zimbabwe overseer Bigten Chizinga was involved in a fatal road accident on Saturday afternoon. A Honda Fit he was travelling in crashed with a Nyaradzo Funeral policy bus.

An eye witness told that a 20- year- old male adult died on the way to hospital after Chizinga failed to negotiate a curve at Impinge mine Mvurwi area.

“The Honda Fit driver failed to negotiate a curve and encroached into an oncoming lane thereby resulting into a crash with a bus.

“There were five passengers in that Fit, one person died upon admission at Mvurwi Hospital,” revealed the source.

Although Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe could not be reached for comment, when visited the scene vehicle  body parts from the Honda Fit could be seen scattered on the road.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that the Nyaradzo bus was heading for Chitsungo in Mbire district where a 40-year-old apparently woman died mysteriously in an inferno on Wednesday.

A relative to Ethel Washaya (40) expressed shock over the accident which claimed a life yet there were on a funeral mission in Mbire.

“This is shocking we are failing to come to terms with the accident, our relative (Washaya) died mysteriously in an inferno on Wednesday and was missing for two days only to be found in ashes.

“Today we are going to her funeral; we are involved in a fatal accident,” said the source.
According to Traffic Safety Council (TSCZ) managing director Obio Chinyerere Zimbabwe loses an average of 2000 people in road accidents annually.

 Traffic accidents: 10 dead and 19 injured in 2 days

Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:39

ALGIERS- Ten people were killed and 19 others were injured in 9 traffic accidents that occurred from 12 to 14 October in several provinces of the country, said Saturday a report of the Civil Defence.

Police to Kick-start Road Operations to Fight Road Accidents

Oct 14 2017,

Traffic police will soon restart operations against vehicles in poor mechanical condition, as a way of fighting accidents on the Ugandan roads. According to Charles Ssebambulidde, who speaks for the traffic police, the grace period offered to motorists is running out.

7 people, including 3-year-old, killed in N1 head-on crash


One of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision on the N1 highway near Polokwane which killed seven people. (Supplied, Netcare911)

One of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision on the N1 highway near Polokwane which killed seven people. (Supplied,   

Polokwane – Seven people, including a three-year-old boy, were killed when their vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on the N1 highway nearPolokwane.Netcare911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the paramedics arrived at the scene on Thursday night and found debris strewn across the highway.One person was thrown from their car, while the bodies of the others were trapped and had to be freed. Two women, four men and the three-year-old were declared dead at the scene.  

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Why are roadworks very costly in Uganda? 

12th October 2017

New road. The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway that

New road. The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway that is nearing completion. The 51 kilometre road is tentatively scheduled for completion in November. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi

Audit. The unit cost per kilometre on average in Uganda costs between $750,000 and $1m (Shs2.5b to Shs3.5b) while the same in Kenya goes for $300,000 (approximately Shs1b) and $330,000 (Shs1.1b) in Rwanda, a country with a mountainous terrain. There has been a lot of discussion on the cost of our roadworks and President Museveni’s explanation has been that previously the high costs were fuelled by massive corruption in the sector but recent reforms notwithstanding, the costs remain high, writes Frederic Musisi in the first of a five-part series.

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Baba Chungwa among victims who survived horrific car crash during NASA demos

12th October 2017

Three dead, 10 injured in grisly accident along Njoro-Nakuru Road

By Kennedy Gachuhi  October 11th 2017

Three people died and ten others injured in a grisly road accident that involved three vehicles, a school van, matatu and lorry, along the Njoro-Nakuru road on Tuesday morning. Confirming the incident Njoro OCPD Kegode Kidiavai said that the 14 seater matatu was heading to Nakuru from Molo Town when it collided head on with the lorry whose driver was overtaking a school van.

“The lorry driver was overtaking the van and could have miscalculated the speed and distance between his vehicle and the matatu. The two vehicles crashed head on before he could get back to his lane,” said Kegode. The school van had a dozen pupils on board. The van driver and the pupils luckily escaped the accident unhurt.

The Matatu driver died on the spot while two other passengers occupying the front seats sustained serious injuries. “One person died on the spot while two others passed on at the hospital. None of the school going children were injured though their van was seriously dented,” said Kegode.

Good samaritans traveling along the route rushed the victims to Nakuru Level Five hospital where two of the critically injured passengers were pronounced dead on arrival. Ten passengers who sustained soft tissue injuries were treated at the facility and discharged.

The OCPD added that the police arrived immediately at the scene after the accident was reported but the lorry driver escaped on seeing the officers. “The lorry driver managed to escape from the scene but we are gathering information to help us arrest him,” said the OCPD.

Nigeria: Car Accident Claims Lives Along Aliade Otupko Road, Benue State – Graphic Photos

The death trap-road in Otupko in Benue State has continued to kill poor and innocent citizens almost on daily bases and the FG or even the state government has not even blinked an eye to see how these roads will be fixed.

Well I guess they are waiting for it to claim the life of a prominent man or one of their relations before they can give it a thought. Right now, there is only one prayer in my mind … can you guess?

Anyway, another accident has been reported again along this death-trapped road and according to information available as at this time, it claimed the life of many. The accident happened today around 8:11am.

It happened before Ikpayongo market square along Aliade, Otukpo road, Benue State. Some of the victims died on the spot. If you know anyone with these vehicle numbers, kindly inform their relatives or family members.

Ghana: 3 dead, 10 in critical condition after Suhum accident


Three persons have been confirmed dead, and 10 others are in a critical condition, after a vehicle they were traveling in from Accra to Koforidua collided with a Kumasi-Accra bound vehicle at Kyekyere, a village close to Suhum in the Eastern Region on Monday evening.

The three, yet to be identified, died on the spot, while the ten are at the Suhum Government Hospital receiving treatment.

The Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, who confirmed the incident to Citi News stated that, the accident could have been avoided if the drivers had exercised a little restraint.

“Yesterday [Monday] at about 8:00 in the evening, a suspect driver, Osei Asante, was in charge of a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number ER 1058-16 from Kasoa to Koforidua, with passengers on board, and upon reaching a village called Kyekyewere near Suhum, he tried overtaking a leading vehicle and in the process his car veered onto the opposite lane and crashed into the passenger side of  a Sprinter bus with registration number AW 1329-14, which also had passengers on board, and was heading to Accra from Kumasi” ASP Ebenezer Tetteh added.

ASP Ebenezer Tetteh added that, the police “have begun investigations to ascertain all the facts, and efforts are being made to tow the accident vehicles to the station to assist investigations.”

He also advised passengers to call drivers to order when they over-speed and flout driving regulations.

Two killed in vehicle ambush on Kenya coast

 10th October 2017 By AFP

Two university employees were killed and two police officers and a driver injured Tuesday morning when unknown gunmen fired on a vehicle close to Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort.

The car was travelling between Diani and the Technical University of Mombasa’s nearby Kwale campus on Tuesday morning when gunmen opened fire. “The officers were escorting university staff members when they were ambushed by the gunmen who killed two and wounded three including two officers,” said regional police chief Larry Kieng.

Kieng said the two university workers died at the scene while the wounded have been taken to hospital. He said an investigation was under way and that Islamic militants were among the suspects.

A month ago suspected Islamic militants attacked a church in the area killing two police officers and stealing their rifles.

PSL footballer dies in car crash


The midfielder was reportedly travelling through Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal when tragedy struck, with police informing the Premiership team of his passing.The Team of Choice are set to release an official statement on Monday, according to club chairperson Farook Kadodia.”It is very sad and devastating news. We received the call from the police at 07:30 today. We will release the statement with all the details tomorrow morning (Monday),” Kadodia told Independent Media.Dlamini is the second Maritzburg player to pass away on South Africa’s roads in recent times, after Mondli Cele died in January 2016.

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Biker dies on the spot in road accident

by Simbarashe Sithole 9th October 2017

 A biker died on the spot in road traffic accident along Borowdale road in Harare on Sunday night.

Cases of bikers being knocked to death are sprouting in Harare, a Dynamos supporter – Thulani Ncube – also died the same way in Waterfalls on Saturday afternoon.

In another road accident six people died in Seke road on Friday night when two kombis collided in a head on collision.  Five people reportedly died on the spot while the other died upon admission.

8 killed, including children, in head-on collision near Kimberley

2017-10-08 Derrick Spies, Correspondent 

Kimberley – Eight people, including seven children, were killed when two vehicles collided with each other on the Barkly West Road outside of Kimberley on Friday evening.

ER24 spokesperson, Werner Vermaak, said the accident occurred shortly after 20.30 on Friday night when a Toyota Corolla, with nine occupants, and a Land Cruiser, with a single occupant, collided. “Paramedics from ER24 and local services arrived on the scene where they found seven children, aged between five and 18, from the Corolla with fatal injuries,” he said.Vermaak said an adult woman inside the Corolla had also sustained fatal injuries, while the driver had survived with serious injuries. The occupant from a Land Cruiser was treated on the scene for moderate to serious injuries.”The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known. However, it is understood from bystanders that one of the vehicles allegedly made a U-turn when the collision occurred,” he said. Vermaak said local authorities attended the scene and would conduct an investigation.

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NTSA blames violation of traffic rules for accidents

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The National Transport and Safety Authority says negligence and violation of traffic rules by drivers are to blame for accidents along
Salgaa- Nakuru- Nairobi highway.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja says with almost 80 percent of accidents being attributed to human error in the country the new curriculum launched by the authority for use in driving schools will restore sanity on the roads.

At least 3,000 people die from road accidents annually with over 20,000 being left temporarily or permanently paralyzed according to the National Transport and Safety Authority. Most accidents occur in notorious black spots such as the Salgaa-Nakuru-Nairobi highway which has claimed many lives.

Meja who was speaking during a graduation ceremony at Rift Valley institute of Science and Technology said more often than not reckless driving especially by PSV drivers is due to inexperience of drivers. However Meja says the implementation of the new curriculum launched by NTSA for training and testing of drivers and instructors will solve the menace.

The curriculum requires drivers to undergo a refresher course every year to ensure they are conversant with the traffic road rules. One will also need to be at least 25 years old to drive a 14 to 32 seater public service vehicle.

Elsewhere, two Kenya Power employees have died in a road accident at Mwashoti area along Voi-Taveta road. According to the police, the driver lost control of the vehicle and tossed out the two passengers as it rolled. They died on the spot.

The driver was slightly injured and was rushed to Mwatate Sub-County Hospital. Eye witnesses of the accident which occurred Friday evening say the trio was on a routine maintenance of power lines in the area.

Police are cautioning motorists against speeding on the road even as they urged relevant authorities to erect bumps along the newly-constructed highway.


7th Oct 2017Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege. PHOTO | FILE


The mother of Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege has succumbed to injuries on Thursday following a fatal road accident at Githumu on the Githumu – Kangari road.

The body of , Susan Wairimu, 68, is at Githumu Mortuary. According to Murang’a County Commander Naomi Ichami, Ms Wairimu was with her husband Chege Mutema 75, in vehicle that collided head on with another that was carrying Unaitus Sacco staff.

She said Mr Mutema, who sustained serious injuries from the accident, was taken to Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, alongside four other Unaitus Sacco staff.

“Mr Mutema and his wife were heading to Githumu while the vehicle carrying Unaitus Sacco staff was going in the opposite direction when they collided head on at a sharp bend,” said Ms Ichami adding that two Unaitus Sacco staff were treated and discharged.

Bishop Mutendi visits accident scene

by Staff reporter  07 Oct 2017

 Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Bishop Nehemia Mutendi has called on Government to widen the road at Pelilendava Hills in Zaka to curb increasing fatal accidents at the black spot. Bishop Mutendi made the call on Tuesday after visiting the accident scene where five of his church members died after attending his 78th birthday celebrations at Mbungo Estates.

He arrived at the scene as police were attending to yet another accident that killed one person at the same spot. Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the latest accident.

“A haulage truck was involved in a fatal accident at the 87km peg along the Roy-Chiredzi highway killing the driver Tapiwa Dude (29) on the spot,” she said of the accident that killed one person. Speaking through his secretary of evangelism Mr Renious Masango after the tour, Bishop Mutendi said his visit was to have prayers at the area which continued to claim lives. (There comes a time when you stop praying and start doing something. How about preaching and teaching people about road safety? Free sermon outlines are available here   – Ed)

He suggested the dualisation of the part of the road, while calling for clear road signs to be erected to curb the accidents. “The lane for cars which go down the slope should have speed humps at the top so as to control the drivers approaching this area,” said Bishop Mutendi. “The second thing is that the area has no road signs and it’s rather difficult for new road users to anticipate approaching such a dangerous place.”

Bishop Mutendi said the road required to be widened to give drivers room to reverse in case of disaster. “Some of these accidents would have been avoided,” he said. “If a truck fails to pull through, the driver has limited options in trying to reverse and this usually results in fatal accidents.” Bishop Mutendi conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.

One dead, dozens injured in two accidents in Lira, Dokolo 

By Hudson Apunyo  5th October 2017

The regional Police commander John Peter Ematu said no one died in the Dokolo accident and that those who were injured were taken to Lira Hospital and Dokolo Health Centre IV

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The injured arrive at Lira Hospital One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured in two different accidents that took place in Lira and Dokolo districts involving mourners who were from different locations.

The first accident took place at Ogur on Lira Kitgum road at around 1:00pm involving a group of mourners from Alebtong district who were traveling to Lalogi in Omoro district to attend a funeral of a man who died in motorcycle accident.

The second accident where several others were injured happened on Lira Dokolo road at around 6:45pm involving a group of mourners from Abuli in Nambieso, Apac district who were returning from a funeral in Loro, Oyam district.

In the first accident, one person died and over 27 others were injured, when the lorry they were traveling in overturned in Ogur.  Margaret Ongom, 68, who was complaining of rib pain said the youthful driver was driving carelessly and and ignored their warnings. The OC traffic of Lira, Muhammad Bigirwa, confirmed the accident and attributed the cause to overloading. He identified the dead as Jimmy Opio, 57, who died on arrival at Ogur Health Centre IV.

Bigirwa said the injured were rushed to Ogur Health Centre IV for first aid treatment and those seriously injured were evacuated to Lira Regional Referral Hospital, many of them with fractured legs. Bigirwa said the driver Morris Okello was arrested and was still being held at Ogur police post.

Birgirwa said most of the accidents are happening where there are no traffic Police officers. He said they are starting to deploy officers in rural roads to help fight traffic offenders to reduce road accidents.

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa,  Digital mobility strategies, a rising tide of information and the increasingly interconnected and mobile lives of drivers – these all lead to new requirements for the way information is conveyed inside vehicles. It’s an area in which conventional display and operating systems are rapidly reaching their limits.

Entirely new cockpit designs are also needed for automated driving to succeed if drivers wish to be relaxed and entertained in equal measure in their new environments. Knowledge of this automotive future is essential for keeping up with the times in delivering developments.

With these requirements in mind, Continental used the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt to showcase its vision of the cockpit of the future.

“Numerous innovations in vehicle interiors await us on the path to the automated and fully interconnected future of mobility. Interfaces that can change and seamlessly take on new forms; digital mirrors and large-scale augmentation of the vehicle environment will all be available to drivers in the future,” commented Dr Frank Rabe, head of Continental’s Instrumentation & Driver HMI business unit.

“In our Cockpit Vision 2025, we are presenting designs that will revolutionize vehicle interiors before very long,” he added.

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Why Nigeria wants to remove police roadblocks

 Traffic JamImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPolice say the move is intended to reduce time wasted at roadblocks and ease business

Nigeria’s police chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered the immediate removal of all police roadblocks across the country.

Many Nigerians will welcome the news because these roadblocks are often little more than excuses to demand bribes from both ordinary travellers and those transporting goods. The police statement, however, said the move was intended to reduce time wasted at roadblocks and ease business.

What happens at a roadblock? Meeting a policeman on the road can be an exhausting experience. The Ak47 slung casually across his shoulder does little to reassure you about your safety. More than likely he – and it is invariably a man – would ask you to identify yourself and provide a driving licence.

Then he would ask to check the boot of your car. Next he would verify that you have everything required by law – a fire extinguisher in each car, a warning triangle (C-caution), insurance, roadworthiness certificate and other documentation. Any omission would lead to the choice of accompanying him to the police station, or an offer to “help you settle it” then and there, (pay a bribe to let you go).

Even if you are up to date on everything, that doesn’t mean you can proceed with your journey. The officer would subtly ask if you have “anything for the boys”, or point out how hot the weather is (so he needs money for a drink). This is not a rare occurrence, it is so common that Nigerian comedians often make fun of the police for soliciting bribes.

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Ghana: KATH detains corpse for non-payment of medical bills 

4th October 2017

Kath 6Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi has detained a corpse

Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi has detained the corpse of a man who passed away at the hospital while receiving treatment from injuries sustained through a road accident.

The hospital is asking the family of the deceased to first pay off the GH¢15,600 [fifteen thousand, six hundred Cedis = USD 3,500)] debt incurred from about two months of admission and treatment until he died last Friday.

The widow, Madam Amama Mutaikelo who made this known to the GBC in Kumasi, said her late husband, Yahaya Mutaikelo, a mason, was knocked down by a hit-and run motor cycle rider at Abirem in the Kwabre District about two months ago and was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital by a passer-by.

Madam Mutaikelo, who is a petty trader at Salaga in the Northern region, said she moved to Kumasi to take care of the husband and was occasionally given medical prescriptions to buy for him.

According to Madam Mutaikelo, she was given the two month bill of the husband’s treatment a few days to his demise but the family indicated that they could not afford the money.

She said she managed to pay GH¢5,000.00 [five thousand Cedis] of the total bill from the proceeds of alms. However, the hospital’s management is insisting that the bill be settled before the corpse will be released to the family.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kwame Frimpong, confirmed the matter but indicated that the family has to top up the amount due before the body will be released.

Ghana: 10 confirmed dead as Yutong bus crashes at Nkawkaw

 4th October 2017

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 A gory accident involving a Yutong Bus at Nkawkaw has claimed at least 10 lives, after the bus rammed into an incoming vehicle. The said bus was en route to Kumasi from Accra with about 54 passengers on board when the unfortunate accident occurred.

The Police have confirmed that 10 people lost their lives in the process, while also disclosing that 33 are currently on admission, with a further 14 treated and already discharged after sustaining minor injuries.

Explaining the circumstances further, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the driver of the Yutong bus is currently in the grips of the Police for his role in the accident.

According to him, the accident took place at Abepotia, a village near Nkawkaw, in the early hours of Sunday, after the driver of the Yutong bus rammed into an incoming vehicle, leading to it veering out of the main road and eventually resulting in an accident.

ASP Tetteh explained further that “the Yutong bus allegedly after entering a single lane, instead of driving on its lane, drove on the other lane of the oncoming cars, so it grazed a side of a trailer that was coming from Kumasi towards Accra.”

He added that “but for the negligence of the driver of the Yutong bus, this accident is a very very avoidable accident”, before calling on members of the general public who have not heard of their relatives to come and identify the bodies.

Points-based driving licence to come into force in H1 of 2018

  4th October 2017 Points-based driving licence to come into force in H1 of 2018

 ALGIERS- Head of the National Centre of Road Prevention and Safety (CNPSR), Ahmed Nait Hocine announced in Algiers that the biometric driving licence will be delivered by the end of 2017 which will be followed by the enforcement of the points-based driving licence during the first half of 2018.

Five die on the spot as bus crashes into U-turning vehicle

by Simbarashe Sithole 3rd October 2017

 Five people allegedly died on the spot when a bus crashed into a vehicle they were travelling in along the Zvishavane-Bulawayo highway this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses allege that the Elgrant vehicle was trying to avoid a roadblock and made a U-turn, thereby encroaching into another lane where the bus was coming from.

“The light vehicle was avoiding a roadblock and encroached into the right lane resulting in a road accident, five people died on the spot,” revealed the source.

Road accidents are on the increase in Zimbabwe, yesterday 4 people died in Zaka when a bus they were travelling in overturned.

According to Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, an average of five people are dying daily on road accidents.

Seven dead in Midlands crash

 03 October 2017 – 11:41BY JEFF WICKS

The wreckage of a car lies wedged beneath a timber truck on the R617 near Underberg. Seven people were killed in the accident.

The wreckage of a car lies wedged beneath a timber truck on the R617 near Underberg. Seven people were killed in the accident.  Image: Brett Deavin/Berg Protection Services

Seven people were killed and a 9-year-old girl was critically injured when a car collided with a timber truck on the R617 near Underberg in the KZN Midlands on Sunday night.

Berg Protection Services spokesman Brett Deavin said that a Toyota Tazz with eight occupants had hit the timber truck. “From what we found at the scene the timber truck had pulled onto the R617 from Coleford Road. The car had obviously not seen the trailer of the truck at night‚” he said. “There were five adults in the car and three children. The adults are employees from the local Spar. The car hit the trailer of the truck at full clip. Seven people‚ including two children‚ died at the scene‚” he added.

KZN EMS spokesman Robert McKenzie said that the surviving child was treated and stabilised at the scene and then rushed to the St Apolinaris state hospital for further urgent care.

2 children, 2 adults killed in ‘gruesome’ Cape Town crash

2017-10-02 Jenna Etheridge 

Cape Town – Two adults and two children were killed in a “gruesome” collision between two vehicles near the FW de Klerk Boulevard in central Cape Town on Monday morning, Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said. The accident took place on the outbound elevated freeway link to the boulevard at around 02:00, leaving one of the vehicles burnt out, he said. By 07:30, Cape Town traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman said the elevated freeway outgoing was still closed.

This brought to seven the number of people killed on provincial roads at the weekend.A woman, 30, was killed in a collision involving three vehicles on Baden Powell Drive at around 02:50 on Monday, said Africa.On Sunday morning, two people were killed when the vehicles they were driving collided head-on in Blouberg. Their vehicles caught alight after colliding at around 04:00 on the R27 West Coast Road. Africa said both drivers were burnt beyond recognition.

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Car rear-ends taxi in Westmead leaving five injured

Five people were left injured this morning following a rear-end collision between a light motor vehicle and taxi on Alexander Road in Westmead, KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 06h50, finding the car and taxi on the left-hand side of the road. The occupants had already climbed out of the vehicle and were found seated on the pavement. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that five had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported to RK Khans and Westville Provincial Hospital for further care.

ZCC bus accident kills 4

by Staff reporter 2nd October 2017

A bus carrying members of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) was yesterday involved in an accident at Pelilendava Hill here, killing four people on the spot and injuring several other passengers.

Masvingo Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula yesterday said she was yet to get details of the accident. “I do not have details yet of the accident. Can you please call tomorrow morning for more details,” said Insp Mazula.

When The Herald visited the accident scene, several injured passengers were being ferried by ambulances to hospitals in Chiredzi and Zaka. An eyewitness Mr Dakarai Makuyana, who was driving behind the bus, said the bus avoided a head on collision with a truck driving in the opposite lane.

“One Blue Star Trucks had a breakdown while navigating through Pelilendava. The other one which was behind tried to overtake on the blind spot,” he said. “The bus was coming from Jerera towards Chiredzi and was set for a head on collision. The bus driver turned into the valley as he avoided a head-on collision,” said Mr Makuyana.

Another eyewitness Mr Mike Maruvire said he only heard a loud bang. “I just saw the bus rolling several times into the ditch. Passengers were thrown out through the windows while others screened for help,” said Mr Maruvire. The injured were taken to Chiredzi General Hospital, Collins Saunders Hospital in Triangle and Musiso Mission Hospital in Jerera.

Fatal road accident in Chitungwiza

by Simbarashe Sithole 1st October 2017 


A fatal accident in Chitungwiza, Ziko area – it is alleged the cars collided this morning.

Kenya: Four family members perish in grisly road accident along Kisumu-Kakamega road

By Eric Lungai 1st October 2017

 Four family members died on the spot when the motorbike they were traveling on was hit by a runaway car. The tragedy occurred in the early hours of Friday along Kisumu-Kakamega road. The four were from another funeral in Shinyalu.

 They were on their way to their home in Hamuyundi in Sabatia Constituency. “I heard a loud bang and when I rushed to the scene, I found the four lying dead and there was no vehicle in sight,” Wycliffe Omega, a witness said.

The father to one of the deceased, Robert Asava, said it was a big blow to the family since they had another funeral at Shinyalu where an uncle to the victims had died. “We don’t know what to do because we already have another funeral where these teenagers were coming from,” he said. The deceased included two brothers, their cousin and a neighbour.

South Sudan:  3 killed in Juba road accident

Three people died after they were knocked down by a water tanker at Mauna area in Juba this morning, an eyewitness has told Eye Radio. The driver was reportedly speeding when he lost control of the vehicle.

The eyewitness who identified himself as Ben Yunis says the water tank swerved several times before hitting the pedestrians. “There was a Noah parked by the roadside and then there were three people crossing the road. A water tanker was coming from Gudele. The time those people were crossing, the water tanker was coming on high speed,” Yunis described the accident. “And then there was a certain vehicle that wanted to pass; so, the water tanker lost control and then knocked those guys onto the Noah.”

The bodies of the men were later taken to the Juba Teaching Hospital. “The driver of the tanker, the vehicle and the Noah, have been taken to the police,” he added. Eye Radio’s attempts to reach the police were not successful.

Four children crushed to death by lorry while asleep in Migori home

By MANUEL ODENY, @manuelodeny

Four children were on Thursday night crushed to death by a lorry that veered off the road and rammed into their home in Migori.The fifth child is nursing serious injuries at Akidiva Hospital.The accident occurred at 11 pm while the children were asleep.

The lorry was transporting sand from Komosense to Mabera in Kuria West when it crashed into the building as the family was asleep. Julius Mwita, a neighbour, said they were woken up by a loud bang and found the lorry had killed the children.

It is worrying that these sand carrying trucks are left operating at night illegally, Mwita said.The driver and conductor escaped soon after the incident.County Criminal Investigation Officer Benedict Kigen said police have launched a manhunt of the two.The bodies of the deceased were taken to Machage Memorial Hospital mortuary.


Horror N1 Joburg crash leaves 6 dead‚ commuters stranded 

29September 2017 BY ALEX PATRICK

Five adults and a child were killed in a taxi crash on the N1 South, Johannesburg.

Five adults and a child were killed in a taxi crash on the N1 South, Johannesburg. 
Image: Emer-G-Med

A seven-month-old baby girl miraculously survived a horrific highway crash in Johannesburg which claimed the lives of five adults and a child on Thursday afternoon.

The baby who survived was thrown from the vehicle‚ as were many of the other passengers‚ according to Emer-G-Med emergency services.  Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said the accident occurred on the N1 south before the Buccleugh interchange in Midrand.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Jurgen Kotze said that the taxi was speeding when it crashed.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Jurgen Kotze said that the taxi was speeding when it crashed. 
Image: Emer-G-Med

“Five adults and a two-year-old child died while eight others were injured when a taxi they were in overturned‚” he said.

“It’s reported the taxi was transporting passengers from Zimbabwe to Joburg when the accident occurred. The cause of the accident will be investigated.”

Nigeria:  Five killed, eight injured in Kogi accident

Among those who lost their lives were two school-aged children, while eight others sustained varying degree of injuries in the accident, which occurred around 9:00a.m. in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

Five persons yesterday lost their lives when the driver of a cement-laden articulated truck belonging to Dangote Cement, lost control, ramming into a taxi cab and a commercial tricycle (Keke NAPEP), at the Nataco junction, on the Abuja-Lokoja highway. Among those who lost their lives were two school-aged children, while eight others sustained varying degree of injuries in the accident, which occurred around 9:00a.m. in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Olusegun Martins, attributed the incident to brake failure. He explained that the trailer was coming from Obajana when the driver lost control due to brake failure and rammed into the commercial tricycle and one Nissan taxi, at the Nataco junction.

He however confirmed that a female student of the Kogi State Polytechnic and two others were killed on the spot, while eight others who sustained injuries were evacuated to the state Specialist Hospital Lokoja for treatment.

While appealing to the Federal Government to construct a flyover bridge at the Nataco junction, to reduce the incidence of accidents around the area, he charged drivers to maintain and ensure the good condition of their vehicles, to prevent brake failure and other unforeseeable vehicular faults.

An eyewitness account said the driver of the truck lost control around the polytechnic gate. Students of the school subsequently went on rampage on confirmation of the death of their colleague, barricading the highway and making bonfires, leading to a gridlock along the corridor.

An eyewitness, Mr. Emmanuel Adams, called on the state government to intensify effort in sending away people who sell by the roadside, saying the casualties could have been more if it was a market day.

Also speaking, head of the emergency unit of Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Mr. Okpanachi Stephen, confirmed that eight persons were brought to the hospital from NATACO junction where the accident occurred. He noted that some of the victims have head injuries while others were bleeding from the cut they sustained on their bodies.

Secretary to Kogi State Government, Mrs. Arike Ayoade Folashade, said the state would be compelled to make it compulsory for every truck driver, particularly Dangote Cement, to undergo psychiatric test.

“They have to go through psychiatric and drug test to ensure they are not under the influence of any hard drug as some of them may not even possess valid driver’s license. We have to collaborate with the FRSC to get the machine for drug testing and alcohol. If it exceeds the normal level we have to prosecute them and possibly jail them,” she said.

Meanwhile, one person was confirmed dead in an accident that occurred yesterday in Agbede, along Ogbere-Benin Expressway in Ogun State. Spokesman of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Abeokuta, disclosed that it involved a Volvo truck marked, FKJ 27 XT and a Toyota Sienna bus with registration number AGL 141 EL.

According to him, the accident was caused by the driver of the Toyota Sienna car who drove against traffic and had a head on collision with the truck. Akinbiyi said: “The Sienna bus that drove against traffic was a commercial bus and was loaded with turkey. The driver of the bus died on the spot.”

Four dead in birthday tragedy

by Staff reporter 28th September 2017

 A BIRTHDAY celebration turned into a tragedy as a Tsholotsho man, his brother and son as well as another relative died on their way home from South Africa after attending what proved to be their last birthday party. Yenzani Sibiya (47) took his son, Thierry Sibiya to Thohoyandou in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, for his 15th birthday celebration. The two died with Sibiya’s brother, Zwelithini Sibiya (35) and another relative, Joe Phiri in a road accident in Musina.

Thierry turned 15 on September 9 and the accident occurred in the early hours of September 10 in Musina, and all four died on the spot. All the Sibiya family members were buried on Sunday in Bubude, Tsholotsho while Phiri was buried in South Africa.

The Chronicle news crew caught up with the Sibiya family during the burial of the three family members in Tsholotsho. Yenzani’s wife, Hlalisani Nkomo (37) told The Chronicle that her husband died after the party he had organised for his son in Musina. “I am at a loss for words on the incident that took away my family. I don’t know where to start and end because am still in shock. It’s day 14 today since they died and we have just laid them to rest but it still feels so unreal to me,” she said between sobs.

“My husband had taken our son out to celebrate his 15th birthday and they never returned. A [Toyota] Quantum that was coming from the opposite direction rammed into their car as it tried to overtake. We suspect the Quantum driver misjudged the gap between the oncoming vehicles and tried to suddenly stop after he saw that a truck was close by. It crashed into their vehicle onto the other lane. A truck side swiped them, and the Quantum went over their vehicle. They all died on the spot.”

Tsholotsho South MP Zenzo Sibanda who attended the burial said it was heart-breaking to lose four family members in one accident. “We have lost more than 10 people in road traffic accidents in South Africa this year alone and it is really painful,” he said.

Couple, aged 19, dies after vehicle plunges into dam

27th September 2017  James de Villiers 

Police divers (Chris Botha, Netcare911)

Police divers (Chris Botha, Netcare911)

Polokwane – A young couple died on Sunday morning when the car they were driving in plunged into the Chuniespoort Dam along the R37 outside Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Monday.

A fisherman on a boat alerted police to the scene when he saw a Toyota Tazz drive into the water at a high speed, Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe’ Ngoepe said in a statement.Ngoepe said the bodies of Thabang Tladi and Kate Ramoshaba, both aged 19, from Lebowakgomo Township has been retrieved from the vehicle.The motive behind this incident is unknown but domestic violence is not ruled out, he said. Ngoepe said when police tried to pull the vehicle out of the dam, a cable snapped which resulted in the vehicle drifting deeper below the water. “We are now calling in specialised resources to help us,” Ngoepe told News24.A search for the vehicle will continue on Tuesday.

County Stories – Four killed in road accident along Machakos-Kitui road

26th September 2017

Four people were early today killed in a road accident involving Nissan matatu and a bicycle at Tiva area along Machakos – Kitui road. Three people died on the spot while one was pronounced dead on the arrival at Kitui Level 5 hospital. Dteails in our county news roundup.

Mpumalanga minibus taxi horror crash leaves 4 dead, 15 injured

 26th September 2017

Local authorities attended the scene and are investigating the cause of the fatal crash.

Four people died and 15 others were injured in a horror collision between a car and a minibus taxi along the R544 about five km before Verena in Mpumalanga.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said paramedics and local emergency services arrived on the crash scene shortly after 3 pm on Monday.

“Two people were found dead inside the light motor vehicle. Another two people were found dead inside the taxi. Fifteen occupants in the taxi sustained moderate injuries,” Vermaak said in a terse communique on Tuesday. He said most of the taxi passengers were trapped inside the wreck and had to be freed by local rescue services.

“Once freed, paramedics were able to assess and treat the injured. They were later transported to nearby hospitals in the area for further treatment.”

Three killed, 11 injured in Kitui-Machakos highway crash

The matatu that was involved in an accident on Kitui-Machakos highway on September 25, 2017. /NZENGU MUSEMBI
The matatu that was involved in an accident on Kitui-Machakos highway on September 25, 2017. /NZENGU MUSEMBI

Three people were killed when the matatu they were in rolled at Tiva Bridge on Kitui-Machakos highway on Monday. Eleven others sustained injuries and were taken to Kitui Level 4 Hospital.

Kitui base commander Charles Nyaga said the accident occurred at around 10.30am.  “The driver tried to swerve to avoid hitting a cyclist coming from the opposite direction. He lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. The matatu landed on its side.”

The conductor was among those who died.

‘Corrupt traffic cops behind road carnage’

by Staff reporter 26th September 2017

COMMUTER omnibus operators have accused “corrupt” traffic police officers of fuelling road carnage by letting drivers of defective kombis pass through roadblocks after bribing their way, adding that over 60% of the public service vehicles on major roads are unregistered.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, Edmore Matseketu, chairperson of Bindura Commuter Operators, which is a member of Zimbabwe National Commuter Omnibus Association, said traffic officers on major highways had become more of revenue collectors than law enforcers.

“Police have become more of a revenue collection than policing agent. They cannot impound vehicles that are not roadworthy because they want to meet their targets. If it has no good tyres, passenger insurance, all relevant documents, they just write a ticket and let them pass (sic). That is when you hear 30km from the roadblock, there has been an accident,” he said.

The public transporters said at least 60% of kombis on the roads were not registered with local authorities and some did not have passenger insurance, exposing public transport users. Aaron Tapfuma, chairperson of Zimbabwe National Commuter Omnibus Association, said because police officers seem to be more concerned with ticket issuance than protecting the passengers, some kombi drivers no longer had respect for road regulations.

“Once they get these tickets, they become unruly. He can drive in your lane and you have to give them way (sic). It’s like they would have been given a passport to cross the border. If you don’t protect registered operators from those unregistered ones, then you are creating chaos.  Where we had 5 000 registered operators two years ago, it’s no longer the same,” he said.

“A lot of operators are saying: Why should I bother getting the vehicle registered, inspected for fitness or get passenger insurance if I’m not protected?” Tapfuma said some kombi operators — especially the unregistered ones — were employing drivers who do not qualify to drive public service vehicles and some have vehicles that are not roadworthy.

He said although the transport sector was fragmented, operators in Bulawayo were united through associations and this had helped them as an umbrella body to lobby local authorities, the police and government as one for better service.

Tapfuma said the government should integrate the transport management system to ensure all operators are served in a one-stop facility to ensure compliance with the law and protection of the public.

Three die in head on collision

Picture: Supplied

Three people died in a horror head on collision 17 kilometres from the Nanaga intersection on the R72 on Sunday morning. A black Mercedes Benz and a white Audi collided killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

The female driver of the Audi, as well as another male and female in the Mercedes were fatally injured and passed away before help arrived. Two other people, a male and female were trapped with serious injuries in the Mercedes and needed to be extracted by emergency staff before being rushed to hospital.

All persons involved in the accident are adults.

Fungisai apologises to the public over accident

by Staff Reporter 25th September 2017

 Gospel musician Fungisai Mashavave (Zvakavapano) has apologised to the public over the accident she caused while driving her car which led to the damage of two vehicles and injury of some of the occupants in those cars.

The musician was last week given a suspended jail term by the courts over the accident for negligent driving.

“My sincere apologies for having failed to avoid a road accident. I was returning from a Church Conference to school run and an accident was the list thing I expected. I sincerely apologise to all who got involved and were disadvantaged as a result of my human error,” she said.

“I am indebted to God that he kept us all safe from the worst. My trial and sentence however has revealed to me that in as much as accidents are inevitable unfortunate incidents in our day today operations, it is our full responsibility as drivers to be alert on the roads. We have an imminent responsibility to preserve each other ‘ safety and life as we drive. Lets minimize accidents and stop road Carnage on our roads.” (Start preaching safety  – Ed)  

Durban collison claims 2, SA death toll rises to 23

2017-09-24 James de Villiers 

 Cape Town – Two men were killed in a multiple vehicle collision on the N3 in Durban on Saturday evening, bringing the national death toll on South African roads to 23 since the start of the long weekend.

 Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said the two men died when a truck, car and bakkie collided on the N3 near Richmond Road.Jamieson said when paramedics arrived at the scene, several people were trapped inside their vehicles. Two people sustained moderate injuries. The cause of the collision is still a matter under investigation.It has been an extremely dangerous weekend on South African roads, with 10 people killed in Mpumalanga, seven in the Eastern Cape, four in KwaZulu-Natal and two people in Gauteng. In Mpumalanga, seven people died and five injured when the driver of a bakkie lost control of the vehicle near Verena. In Delmas, Mpumalanga, three people were killed when a truck crashed into the side of a light motor vehicle at the N12 and R50 split.

In a separate incident in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday afternoon, two people were killed and 16 injured when a minibus and a bakkie collided on the N2 near Gingindlovu.In the Eastern Cape, four people were killed when the minibus taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck roughly 30km outside Graaff-Reinet.At Emaqhinebeni, outside Mthatha, three people were killed in an accident in the early hours of Saturday morning.In Gauteng, a man was killed and three others injured when a light motor vehicle rolled down an embankment off the Kloof Road in Bedfordview.And on the R24 near the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, a man died and two others were critically injured following a head-on collision.

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Namibia: Minibus accident claims four lives

by Luqman Cloete

 FOUR people, including the driver, died while 13 others sustained injuries when a minibus they were traveling in overturned some 8 kilometers outside Keetmanshoop on Thursday afternoon.

//Kharas regional police deputy commissioner Chrispin Mubebo said the accident happened when the driver of the minibus lost control of the vehicle after a rear tyre burst.He identified the deceased as Katrina Jossop (75), Soriya Hangue (38), Ewaldine Kahimunu (47) and the driver of the vehicle, Fernandes Feris (48). Their next of kin have been informed.The senior cop said the other passengers who sustained injuries were admitted to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, describing their condition as critical. Mubebo advised motorists to inspect their vehicle for any defects before take off on their journeys, while urging them to avoid overloading and speeding.

Two dead, twelve injured in Jinja accident

23rd September 2017

Two people are dead and 12 others injured after the taxi they were traveling in, collided with a truck ferrying stones in Kakira,Jinja.

Nigeria: 423 die, 2,339 wounded in auto crashes in July – FRSC

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi,who signed the report said  the July death figure represents an increase of 122 or 41 per cent over that of June.

In June, the FRSC recorded 738 accidents nationwide leaving 301 persons dead and 2,157 others wounded. The latest report said the accident cases and persons injured in July were also higher than those of the previous month by 30 and 182 or 4 per cent and 8 per cent respectively.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) maintained its lead in road traffic accidents among the 36 states with 93 cases resulting in 17 deaths and injury of 167 persons in July.

Kaduna State followed with 54 cases, which left 43 persons dead and 198 others injured, while Niger came third with 48 cases, leading to 24 deaths and 148 injured persons, according to the report. On the number of fatalities, Kaduna State recorded the highest with 43 deaths, followed by Ogun (33), Jigawa (27), Osun (26), Niger (24), Kogi (22), Ebonyi (20), among others.

The report said that speed violation accounted for 505 cases or 56.4 per cent of the total road accidents in the month under review, thus leading other causative factors. It was followed by dangerous driving, which resulted in 85 per cent or 9.5 per cent of the cases; tyre burst with 57 cases representing 6.4 per cent, and wrong overtaking leading to 52 per cent or 5.8 per cent of the cases.

According to the report, a total of 1,257 vehicles were involved in the July accidents, out of which 738 or 58.7 per cent were commercial, 499 or 39.7 per cent private and 20 government vehicles.

The report was accompanied with a cover letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation whose office supervises the FRSC.  In the letter, the Corps Marshal solicited more assistance in the acquisition of additional speed detection devices, especially radar guns, to check the menace of speeding by motorists.

Ghana: Three persons including pregnant woman killed in fatal accident

22nd September 2017

Accident67 Three traders including a pregnant woman have died, while several others have sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident on the Kwame Danso-Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo Region.

According to eye witnesses, the accident occurred after the driver of the benz cargo truck which was carrying goods and traders, lost control of the steering wheel which had reportedly locked and plunged into a gutter.

Three persons died on the sport, while four others who had been trapped beneath the truck were rescued with the help of Fire Service personnel who arrived at the scene to lift the truck which had fallen on its side.

The bodies of the deceased have since been deposited at the morgue while the injured are receiving treatment at the hospital.

Uganda: Traffic jam eating into people’s working hours

22nd Sept 2017 By AMOS NGWOMOYA

 Standstill. Motorists stuck in a heavy traffic

Standstill. Motorists stuck in a heavy traffic jam on Mukwano Road in Kampala. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA.

Kampala. Majority Ugandans’ aspiration immediately they begin earning an income is to buy a car to gain some status in society. Many, however, forget that Kampala is a single-centred city flocked by Ugandans that use both private and public means in the hope of attaining better services, hence contributing to the heavy traffic jam.

The city was designed to cope with about 45,000 vehicles, yet those that enter the city daily are more than two million, including taxis and private vehicles, according to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). Lately, one’s life is planned around the traffic jams which continue throughout the day until evening and into the night.

People now sit on the roads for hours every day, encroaching on the time they are to report for work.  With the unpredictable heavy jam, some spend several hours moving to a destination less than a kilometre away. Traffic police officers are always on alert, controlling traffic flow whether or not signal lights are working.

Ms Joan Nansubuga, 32, a mother of two, for instance, is a bank teller who resides in Matugga in Wakiso District, but has to juggle through the heavy jam in order to make it to office in time. Matugga to the city centre is a distance of 18kms, which should ideally be less than 40 minutes’ drive. However, she spends several hours on the road, something she says, leaves her exhausted, leading to less concentration at work. “I bought land and built a house in Matugga because we wanted a cheap but accessible land. I wake up by 5pm, I find myself leaving home at 7am because I have to prepare my children for school. Although I am supposed to be at office by exactly 7:30am, I at time get late by either 30 minutes or one hour depending on the traffic of the day,” she says.

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Kenya: Road fatalities have gone down in past 8 months

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21 2017 By COLLINS OMULOA resident looks at a wreckage of a passenger van after it was involved in a crash in Sondu, along the Kisumu-Kisii highway on August 28, 2017. Latest statistics from NTSA suggest that the number of road fatalities have gone down. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A resident looks at a wreckage of a passenger van after it was involved in a crash in Sondu, along the Kisumu-Kisii highway on August 28, 2017. Latest statistics from NTSA suggest that the number of road fatalities have gone down. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

There has been a reduction in the number of fatalities suffered by road users in the country in the past eight months, according to the latest report by the National Transport and Safety Authority. The report, Comparative Statistics for 2016 and 2017 as at September 13, 2017, revealed that since January this year, some 1,979 people have died on the roads.

This is 180 less than what was reported at the same time last year, translating to 8.3 per cent reduction in the number of fatality cases compared to a similar period in the previous year where, between January 1 and September 13, 2016, 2,159 road users lost their lives.

The report showed that the main casualties were pedestrians, motor vehicle passengers and motorcycle riders. Of concern is that between September 4th and 13th,  60 people lost their lives on Kenyan roads with passengers and pedestrians making up over two-thirds of the reported deaths, at 21 cases and 22 cases, respectively.

Within the eight days, six motor cyclists, five drivers, five pillion passengers (motor cycle passengers) and one cyclist died on the roads.

21st September 2017 bus.mozambique.dw

DW (File photo) / Passenger transport bus on the EN1

Road accidents continue to be of major concern to the Mozambican government. About three thousand road accidents cause more than one thousand and eight hundred deaths a year, an average of five fatalities every day.

National Land Transport Institute (INATER) figures indicate that in the first half of 2017 more than five hundred people died and more than a thousand were injured. Accidents frequently involve long-distance passenger transport and are often caused by speeding, drunken driving and poor road conditions.

The president of the Road Transport Federation (FEMATRO), Castigo Nhamane, accuses motorists of being in a hurry to make money, and has a solution in mind. “We will propose that the Ministries of Transport and the Interior withdraws driving licenses for speeding drivers so that they feel obliged to comply with the speed limits,” Nhamane says.

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National Road Number One (EN1), Mozambique

Carriers bemoan the fact that many Mozambican roads are in poor condition.

“The EN1 between the Save and the Pambara River in central Mozambique is very bad. On that section, a tire can only make one direction and has to be changed to come back, or it’s likely to burst,” one of them says. “If these roads were concessioned, they wouldn’t have holes like that.”

Reducing workload would be one solution In order to avoid further accidents, the president of Mozambican Association of Carriers, Vasco Flor, proposes reducing working hours. “On long journeys, we will have to move to two drivers per bus. That’s what we have to think about,” he says. Mechanical failures caused by counterfeit spares add to other problems including where buses are bought and the absence of technical assistance.

Vitorino Xadreque believes that bus purchasers should respect brand policy to facilitate technical assistance, arguing that it is not possible to have a multi-brand bus park because it make provide assistance difficult.

“The other issue is the technical assistance network, which must be proportionate to the fleet and must be guaranteed by the supplier, including the training of mechanics,” he adds. Drivers are often accused of overloading buses, but retort that this results from the need to make enough money to overcome operating costs.

“Because in the current situation, any sensitivity that exists in the structure of the cost, the operator sees the tariff as a help to cover the costs of exploration,” Xadreque concludes

Man sues bus company over wife’s death in accident

by Staff reporter 21st September 2017

 A MASVINGO man has filed a $500 000 lawsuit against the owners of King Lion Motors following the death of his wife in an horrific accident involving one of the company’s buses near Nyamakate in Hurungwe in June this year.

Isaac Madungwe’s wife, Tendai Pedzisi, a nurse at Masvingo General Hospital, was one of the 43 people who died in the accident after the speeding Lusaka-bound bus allegedly burst a tyre on approaching a curve and overturned.

In his lawsuit filed at Masvingo High Court on September 5, Madungwe gave the bus company 10 days to respond to the application. Through his lawyer, Charles Ndlovu, Madungwe claimed the death of his wife had deprived him and his five children of a source of income. He said his family failed to recover $2 000 and other valuables worth $50 that the deceased had in her possession when the accident happened.

Madungwe said he had so far received $3 000 compensation from the bus company’s insurers, and described the money as “too little”, arguing that his late wife earned $563 a month, which could have translated to $195 000 had she continued working for 29 more years until retirement at the age of 60. He said his wife earned an extra $1 000 through her cross-border trading business and this would have translated to $348 000 at the retirement age of 60 years.

The family accused the bus driver of speeding, carrying excess passengers, failing to keep the bus under control and failing to act reasonably when the accident was imminent.

Ghana: Five mourners dead, 7 others injured in Odumase car crash

20th September 2017

 ODUMASE 1080x520The driver and other 4 people died on the spot 

Five mourners have been confirmed dead while seven others are in critical condition in a fatal car accident at Ayermesu, a community along the Odumase-Asesewa highway in the Eastern region.

The injured have been rushed to the Atua Government Hospital for emergency care while the bodies have been deposited at the morgue, Starr News’ Eastern regional correspondent Kojo Ansah has reported.

The accident occurred when a Hyundai Vehicle with registration number GE 7742-11 was conveying the mourners to a Mortuary to carry a corpse for burial but ran into a stationery Rhino truck with registration AS 2253-12 at a sharp curve at Ayermasu, which is an accident prone area.

According to a witness, “the driver and other 4 people died on the spot. The passengers on board the Hyundai Vehicle were from the same family from Odumase going to Asesewa for the dead body of a family member when they met their untimely death “.

He added that the spoilt vehicle was parked without warning signs at Ayermesu Curve on the Odumase to Asesewa highway killing 5 people and other 7 people are in critical condition receiving treatment at Atua Government Hospital “.

Emer-G-Med paramedics in vehicles M08 & A10 received a call this morning for a truck accident at Swartkoppies and Garfield.

On arrival found that it was a truck that had lost its load of Grade 3 English workbooks.

It was carrying a total of 125440 work books. No injuries on scene.

Metro cops threaten strike

KWAZULU-NATAL / 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, 7:04PM / BHEKI MBANJWA Durban metro police officers have threatened to strike. Picture: Supplied

eThekwini metro police officers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have threatened to strike as divisions within the department simmer. Officers said to be close to former Mayor James Nxumalo and former police chief Eugene Nzama have complained of ill-treatment.
However bosses at the beleaguered police department have warned that such a strike will be illegal as the officers perform an essential service. The officers, however, are adamant their strike is protected as they are armed with a certificate from the Bargaining Council.
The decision to strike from Wednesday next week was communicated to the city manager in a letter dated 15 September. The union is aggrieved about the relocation of about 33 officers from their post which they say is in contravention of the city’s transfer policy. Most of these officers worked closely with the former with Nzama while five of them were Nxumalo’s bodyguards.
Some of the officers were being moved to the volatile Glebelands hostel, some to the city centre while others are moved to various suburbs. Acting deputy head Sibonelo Mchunu said policing in Glebelands had to be strengthened in keeping with the recommendations of the Public Protector while there was a need to deal with congestion in the city centre.
On Tuesday the Durban High Court dismissed, on a legal technicality, an application by the officers that sought to prevent the municipality from redeploying them pending the finalisation of the Bargaining Council process.
Mchunu said the metro police management would engage with the aggrieved officers.

University student, 4 others die in Kirinyaga night crash

19th September 2017   By GEORGE MUNENE

Residents of Waigiri Village want bumps erectedResidents of Waigiri Village want bumps erected at the stretch where the crash happened on Kutus-Kagumo road. They argue it is a black spot. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Five people, including a university student, died when a vehicle collided with a motor cycle along the Kutus-Kagumo road in Kirinyaga County. Three of the victims succumbed to their injuries on the spot while the rest died while undergoing treatment at Mount Kenya Anglican Church Hospital.

DAMAGE The crash happened on Sunday night when the boda boda rider lost control of his motorcycle at Waigiri Village and ploughed into the Karatina bound Nissan X-Trail. The rider, who was heading towards Kerugoya from Kagumo, was ferrying four passengers, including the female student. According to the witnesses, the rider and two of his passengers were crushed to death as his motorcycle was extensively damaged.

This is one of the worst crashed that have been witnessed in the area in recent times.

PROTESTS Following the 10pm crash, villagers and boda boda ride staged protests and attempted to burn the ill-fated car but were dispersed by the police. The officers, who had arrived at the scene shortly after the collision, fired in the air several times to scare away the rowdy crowd that was baying for the driver’s blood.

The driver survived the crash and the police officers took him in for questioning. Witnesses said they saw the rider, who was overloading, swerve before he rammed the Nissan X-Trail.

THROWN Due to impact, victims on a motorbike were thrown several metres away from the scene. “I was at home when a loud sound hit my ears and rushed to the scene. On arrival, I found three people dead and two others writhing in pain,” said Ms Jane Wakuthii.

Another witness, Mr Jackson Kibanya, said he arrived at the scene soon after the accident  and was shocked to see bodies strewn on the roadside. “It was terrible,” said Mr Kibanya. Kerugoya Ward Representative Murango Kamau said he learnt of what had happened with great shock.

BUMPS “Those who lost their lives were young people aged between 18 and 25 years. It is really sad and police should get to the bottom of the matter,” he said. Mr Kamau noted that the area was a black spot and asked the government to initiate safety measures.

“Bumps should be erected to ensure that accidents do not continue happening in the area,” said Mr Kamau as he sent a message of condolences to the bereaved families. Area County commander David Kiru said it was unfortunate the lives of young people had been lost and confirmed that investigations had been launched into the incident.

Namibia: MVA Fund appeals for help to identify accident survivor

19th September 2017

MVA Fund appeals for help to identify accident survivor

The MVA Fund is appealing to the community to assist in identifying and tracing the next of kin of a male pedestrian.
The man was bumped by a vehicle on 1 June in Sean MacBride Street in Olympia, Windhoek.

Uganda: 13 dead, 8 injured in another Masaka road accident

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2017 By Sadat Mbogo

The wreckage of the accident cars were by

The wreckage of the accident cars were by Monday morning still at the scene.  A total of 13 people have been confirmed dead and eight others critically injured in a car accident along Kampala-Masaka road.

The accident happened last night at Lubanda trading center near River Katonga Bridge in Mpigi District.Eye witnesses told our reporter that the accident happened when one of the tyres of the Fuso truck registration number UAH 970P burst and it rammed into the Tanzania bound Coaster, registration number T540 DLC.

The Katonga Region Police publicist Philip Mukasa said all the deceased were travelling in a coaster.

New road signs for Bulawayo

by Staff reporter 18th September 2017

BULAWAYO will today start installing new road signs that are in line with Sadc traffic standards following a Government directive. The Sadc-Road Traffic Signs Manual (Sadc RTSM) became part of the country’s laws last year, and implementation is underway.

Statutory Instrument 41 of 2016, which was gazetted last year by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Joram Gumbo, directed that the country should comply with the Sadc road traffic safety manual standards. The move is meant to reduce road accidents not only in Zimbabwe but the entire Sadc region.

Bulawayo’s Town Clerk Mr Christopher Dube yesterday said the installation of new road signs in the city will start today and the first area to be covered is the city’s Central Business District.

“Council will be installing signs in the whole city in line with the Sadc road traffic safety manual standards. The public is therefore advised to exercise due caution when driving as workers install these new road signs starting on September 18, 2017, in the CBD. The public is requested to acquaint themselves with the new signs and their implication to ensure safety of all road users,” said Mr Dube.

The principal director in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Engineer Eric Mufaro Gumbie said the installation of road signs was an ongoing project.

“The installation of Sadc road signs started with the upgrading of the Plumtree-Mutare highway and the process is ongoing. The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) is working with the Department of Roads and is planning to finance installation of Sadc signs on the country’s main roads.

“The level of funding is being discussed and will be advised,” said Eng Gumbie.

The TSCZ recently came up with a new Highway Code to replace the 1979 document, in a move meant to harmonise traffic signs with those in other Sadc countries. The Sadc secretariat introduced the road signs after realising that there was a need for modern day approaches to road safety management.

According to Statutory Instrument 41 of 2016, the lettering of the road traffic signs should substantially conform to one standard letter styles detailed in the Sadc road traffic signs manual and shall be of maximum size permitted by the space available and the message to be displayed.

Six injured in Durban car crash

17th September 2017

September 16 - Six people were injured when four cars collided on Sydenham Hill before Cowey Road in Berea, Durban on Friday night. Photo: Rescue CareSeptember 16 – Six people were injured when four cars collided on Sydenham Hill before Cowey Road in Berea, Durban on Friday night. Photo: Rescue Care.

Six people were injured when four cars collided on Sydenham Hill before Cowey Road in Berea, Durban on Friday night, paramedics said.

“Rescue Care paramedics arrived on the scene to find the entire roadway obstructed,” Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said.“Four vehicles had collided before one overturned, coming to rest on its side. A total of six people had sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene before being transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required. The roadway was closed by metro police while emergency personal worked to clear the scene.”At this stage, the exact cause of the collision was unknown, but police were investigating, Jamieson said.  

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30 killed, 10 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway auto crash

THIRTY persons died after two Mazda passenger buses collided on the Lagos-Ibadan highway on Thursday night. Ten other persons were injured, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said yesterday. The accident occurred at Km 95 close to the Elebolo Quarry Area in the Ibadan axis of the road. “The accident occurred at a construction site, and it resulted from route and speed violations,” FRSC spokesman, Mr Bisi Kazeem,said in Abuja.

“This has further underscored the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi’s advice to motorists to avoid night journeys, be careful around construction sites and drive within approved speed limits,” he said. Rescue operations by FRSC officials, who arrived at the scene minutes after the incident, ended at 2:42 a.m. yesterday. Briefing newsmen yesterday at Ibadan on the accident, Oyo State Head of Operations, FRSC, Mr Cyril Mathew, explained that the accident occurred at about 8:30 pm, Thursday night as a result of over-speeding. The corpses of the victims were deposited at the Adeoyo Yemetu Hospital, Ibadan while the injured were taken to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, and Adeoyo Yemetu Hospital.30 crushed to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway auto-crash

He gave the details of the 30 casualties to include, 20 males and 10 female, all adults. While urging drivers to avoid night travelling, he noted that “no matter how bright the vehicles head light may be, they may not still be able to see clearly at night.” Speaking to reporters on the hospital bed, one of the survivors, Mr Busari Owolabi said the driver had been cautioned by the passengers many times but that the driver turned deaf hears until the accident occurred.

An official who was at the rescue scene after the accident had occurred said the chances of alcoholism could not be ruled out of the cause of the accident as the two drivers of the buses “heavily smelled alcohol from their mouth and their entire body.”

Hospital source also hinted that the survivors are also responding to treatment and with high hope of surviving. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Adekunle Ajisebutu said information available to the command gives the number of dead casualty as 31 while eleven were injured. He also confirmed that the commands police boss also visited the scene of the accident as well as the victims at the hospital yesterday.

‘He lied to me’ – mother of Durban cyclist killed, after accused changes plea

16th September 2017 Tania Broughton, Correspondent

Cyclists Jared Dwyer, 36, (left) and Richard da Silva, 46, were killed in a road accident. (Supplied)

Cyclists Jared Dwyer, 36, (left) and Richard da Silva, 46, were killed in a road accident. (Supplied)

Durban – “He cried on my shoulder. I told him I forgive him… But he lied to me.” This was the anguished reaction of Rosa Da Silva after she heard that the motorist accused of knocking down and killing her son Richard, 46, and his cycling partner Jared Dwyer, 36, was no longer pleading guilty to the crimes.The incident occurred on the M4 highway leading out of the city in February last year and sparked a public outcry.At his last court appearance in the Durban Regional Court earlier this month, Omesh Ramnarain, 33, indicated that he had concluded a plea bargain agreement with the State and would spend time in jail.  He said he ran his own business and needed time to sort out his affairs and the case was adjourned until Friday morning.

Cop rams house, fails to pay for repairs

by Staff reporter 16th September 2017 The Nkulumane house with a huge hole in one of the walls caused by Constable Munyaradzi Mupfawa

A NKULUMANE family is living in the open as a police officer, who lost control of his car and rammed into their house two months ago, has failed to repair the property. The cop, a constable stationed at Nkulumane Police Station, allegedly did not have of a valid driver’s licence at the time of the crash.

Two siblings aged 6 and 11 years were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital with serious injuries when the policeman, suspected to have been drunk, rammed his vehicle into a room they were sleeping in. Constable Munyaradzi Mupfawa – force number 085147 – was with an unnamed colleague when the accident occurred just after midnight sometime in July. He is suspected to have lost control of the car after an empty beer bottle rolled under the brake pedal while he attempted to negotiate a corner.

Mrs Prudence Tshili, the guardian of the two children who were injured, said the owners of the house where “very young orphans” and could not fix the damage. “The parents of these children died and left them very young. This house has been their source of living as they rent rooms out to tenants to buy food and pay school fees. Now this officer completely destroyed one of the rooms and property, he has taken away their bread and butter,” said Mrs Tshili.

She said she felt let down by the law as Mupfawa had not repaired the home, replaced damaged furniture or paid the kids’ hospital bills. “I have struggled with hospital bills for the children and all he did was send someone to drop three bags of cement and not a single brick. He did not pay for the ambulance and he is very arrogant,” she said.

Mrs Tshili said Mupfawa had since engaged a lawyer. “Now he told us not to talk to him but to talk to his lawyer. He just told us that he would do whatever it takes to protect his job. We cannot afford a lawyer so we have nobody to stand for our rights. They are taking advantage of our poverty,” said Mrs Tshili.

She said the family was considering seeking the services of an inyanga (traditional healer – Ed) to bring the matter to a close. “As a family we decided that we have to do things the African way. Since these police officers think that the law is in their hands, now we will do something that will make them regret for life. They will come back to us asking for our forgiveness but we will also profess ignorance. We are tired,” she said.

The Chronicle went to Mupfawa’s home yesterday but only found his wife, who said he had gone out. Neighbours said the police officers, who are also from Nkulumane, were driving a red Honda Fit and were drunk when the accident occurred. A neighbour said on the day of the accident Mupfawa was so drunk he could not run. “The two were extremely drunk. They behaved strangely and shouted obscenities. They even fought in front of us. One of them only came back in the morning to apologise,” said Mrs Ntuli, a neighbour.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango could not be reached for comment. Recently, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Obedingwa Mnguni urged members of the public to record videos of police officers violating the law. He said evidence gathered will come handy in prosecuting rogue law enforcement agents.

15 September 2017 | Road Safety in the Media

15 injured in Clairwood taxi crashFifteen people have been injured after the taxi they were in somehow lost control and collided with a light pole on Grimsby Road near Leister Road in Clairwood this morning.Just after 7 am Rescue Care Paramedics were called to the scene to find that the single taxi had left the roadway and collided with a light pole. Immediately more ambulances were dispatched to assist with the multiple casualties. A total of fifteen people had sustained various injuries and were stabilized on the scene by Advanced Life Support Paramedics before being transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

4 Ways to improve traffic

The world is becoming a congested and stressful place. And this leads to an increased number of traffic accidents. Every day more cars and other vehicles are added to our roads, which creates a problem when getting to work, school, and social events. It’s an issue that is not easily solvable due to many structural problems. There are, however, a few ways to reduce the amount of traffic and plan ahead.

Moving away from traditional city layouts    One of the largest problems in cities, or at least how humans tend to create them, is the layout and placement of different areas. Traditionally, the centre of a town or city is dedicated to the development of business districts with outer areas serving as residential zones. Because of this mentality, business ventures tend to not grow horizontally, but vertically in high-rises and office complexes. Businesses clamour for space in these finite zones with staff living outside of the area. This adds more staff members to companies for expansion. While this is fine for residential zones that normally have ample space to grow, the inner areas cannot.

The growth issue is compounded by the limited space for transport infrastructures, such as roads and railway lines that can be built. For example, Cape Town has a traffic problem when entering the city on the N1 from the northern areas. In the morning, you can sit for up to two hours in order to travel a distance of 20 kilometres in peak traffic. This number increases year-on-year thanks to the population increase.

When planning new cities and towns, governments need to look at how these centres will develop and plan them in a way that is scalable for all aspects of transport.

Start a carpooling club   A more practical way to cut down on the amount of traffic and greenhouse emissions – before everyone can afford an electric car – is to carpool. This method has been popular in the US where dedicated highway lanes have been created in order to accommodate the initiative.

The carpooling system is simplistic. You and a few co-workers or people in the same business area share a car when driving to work. This can eliminate around four cars on the road and reduces the amount of petrol that each person pays. If more people in South Africa adopted this methodology, it would make traffic a simple issue. It does come with its own problems, such as all occupants having to live in the same area to make it a viable option.

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40 injured in accident along Thika-Garissa highway after bus lost control and rolled

14th September 2017

40 people have been injured in a road accident along Thika Garissa road.* The 40 are hospitalized at Mwingi level IV hospital.The accident happened at ngutani area in Mwingi West of Kitui county. The bus carrying the 40 passengers was said to have been speeding when it lost control. It was headed to Nairobi from Garissa.

Bulawayo-bound kombi kills 8 in Musina

by Staff reporter 14th September 2017

AT least six Zimbabweans are believed to be among eight people who were killed when a Bulawayo-bound Toyota Quantum they were travelling in collided with a private vehicle along the N1 highway. The quantum was travelling from Hillbrow in Johannesburg heading for Bulawayo while the smaller car was travelling to Makhadho town.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the accident occurred between Makhado and Musina towns near the Akunamathatha area on Sunday.
He said six people died on the spot while two others died upon admission at Musina Government Hospital. Said Lieut Col Ngoepe; “These people were killed in a culpable homicide case which occurred along the N1 road next to Akunamathatha.The wreckages of the Toyota Quantum and the smaller car which collided near Musina in South Africa on Sunday

“A private car collided head on with a Toyota Quantum kombi and three occupants of this private car died on the spot and three others died from the Quantum at about 6:55AM on 10 September. “The cause of this collision is still unknown but police investigations are underway to establish what happened.”

He identified the deceased as  Nkosiyapha Sibanda (36), Mlapho Lukas (32), Jonas Phiri (30), Zwelibanzi Maxwell Sibili (44), Terry Sibili (37) and Yemeni Petrus Sibili (44).
He said they were yet to establish the names of the other two people who later died at the hospital. Lieut Col Ngoepe said several other passengers from the quantum were injured and are admitted at Musina hospital.

He urged motorists to always adhere to road traffic regulations to avoid the unnecessary loss of lives. The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads which links South Africa with the rest of Sadc especially those from Malawi, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The road has become a death trap with more than 30 people including Zimbabweans and Malawians dying in accidents in the last eight months.

A few weeks ago, four Malawians among them a toddler were killed and 16 others were injured when a bus they were travelling in was involved in accident, 8km outside Makhado town in Limpopo province. The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Malawi via Zimbabwe.

Tanzania – East Africa Provincial and part of his Council in a car crash 

13 September 2017
Tanzania - East Africa Provincial and part of his Council in a car crash

(ANS – Morogoro) – Sunday, September 10, after completing a series of meetings with various commissions and provincial teams in Morogoro, Tanzania, Fr Simon Asira, Provincial of the East Africa Province; his Vicar, Fr Augustine Sellam; Fr Eric Mairura, Provincial Economer – driving at the time – and the new Director of the Mafinga Seminary, Fr Peter Mugo, were traveling towards the city of Mafinga. Around 13:30, local time, a truck driver who was overtaking another vehicle appears to have fallen asleep, causing him to crash into the vehicle the 4 Salesians were traveling in.

The accident occurred while the religious were driving on the paved state road crossing the Mikumi National Park, not far from the town of Morogoro, Tanzania.

The 4 Salesians were taken to the nearest hospital for first aid treatment and transported by ambulance to Dar es Salaam the following morning. Fr Mairura, whose clinical profile appears less serious, is still recovered in Dar es Salaam. Fathers Asira, Sellam and Mugo were transported by air this morning, September 12, to the Nairobi West Hospital, thanks to the collaboration of “AMREF”, an NGO. They are all being kept under observation. Doctors have not yet released an official statement.

Corrupt NTSA, traffic cops to blame for road carnage – MP Tonui

By AMOS KERICH @amoskerich

Kuresoi south MP Joseph Tonui addresses the press at Keringet AGC during the Requiem mass for athletics administrator Kimutai Ngetich, September 11, 2017. /AMOS KERICHKuresoi south MP Joseph Tonui addresses the press at Keringet AGC during the Requiem mass for athletics administrator Kimutai Ngetich, September 11, 2017. /AMOS KERICH

 Corruption is to blame for road carnage in the country, Kuresoi South MP Joseph Tonui has said.

Tonui alleged that most traffic and NTSA officers extort money from motorists instead of ensuring road safety. “It is unfortunate that many drivers cause accidents because of drug and alcohol influence while police pick money from them and allow them to endanger people’s lives.”

He spoke at Keringet AGC on Monday during the requiem mass for athletics administrator Kimutai Ngetich. Ng’etich died on August 30 in a road accident along Molo-Kericho road. The MP eulogised the administrator as a selfless leader. Ng’etich will be buried today at his family’s land in Kericho.

Zimbabwe: Vehicle road accidents fund on the cards

by Staff reporter 13th September 2017

 PRESIDENT Mugabe has bemoaned the continued loss of lives in road traffic accidents and said a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund is on the cards as a measure of relief to survivors and families of victims. Speaking at the official opening of the Fifth Session of the Eighth Parliament in Harare yesterday, the President appealed to motorists and other road users to play their part in curbing accidents.

The appeal comes at a time when the Government is expediting consultations that could lead to the creation of a road accident fund. The fund is meant to assist road accident victims and their families to pay for medical and burial expenses. It was mooted last year after it emerged that an accident occurs every 15 minutes and five people are killed daily on the country’s roads. A majority of the victims struggle to pay for treatment while their relatives face challenges in meeting funeral costs.

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe’s Managing Director Mr Obio Chinyere said consultations on the road accident fund were underway and the issue was urgent.
“The proposal was submitted to Cabinet for consideration and consultations are being made. The establishment of the fund is in line with the United Nations Decade of Road Safety action plan. A levy on fuel or motorists will be introduced among other possible ways to raise money for the fund,” he said.

The initiative will be known as the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund. At least 1 700 people die in road traffic accidents in Zimbabwe annually, while 30 000 are injured every year.

The issue came under the spotlight once again two weeks ago.  Ten First Apostolic Faith Mission church members died on the spot in Kamativi in an accident involving a truck carrying 130 church members. The 11th person died on admission to hospital and the 12th died last weekend after he had been admitted into the ICU at Mpilo Central Hospital. The accident also injured 118 church members when the lorry burst a tyre and veered off the road before plunging into a gorge. The injured victims who are admitted to various hospitals are failing to pay bills. Their church has struggled to bury their fellow congregants and to purchase medication for the injured. Government assisted with a burial fund of $200 towards each deceased person.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing permanent secretary Engineer George Mlilo said talks on the fund were being expedited. “Once the death toll of a road traffic accident gets to 10, Government assists with funding of $200 towards their burial but in some cases it is not enough. The injured would also need medical fund assistance. With this special fund, such needs would be easily catered for.

“If the Kamativi accident victims had been injured in a public transport vehicle, they would have been insured by the transporter but in this case this was private transport, where probably the owner of the vehicle cannot afford to take care of all these needs.”

“As Government we were able to assist only the bereaved families leaving the injured to other players. It is at such times where the importance of the road accident fund is recognised,” he said.

An official from a local insurance company said when a public passenger vehicle with passenger insurance is involved in an accident, the owner of the vehicle fully compensates the passengers through his or her insurance company. “We compensate the family of the deceased passengers with $2 000 each and $350 or more for injured passengers. As long as the claim comes to us, we definitely release the compensation funds within 14 days,” said the official.

“However, we always advise members of the public to use public passenger transport like buses which usually have a full passenger insurance to avoid difficulties such as those which are now being faced by the Kamativi- Binga accident victims,” she said.

DR Congo bus accident leaves 25 dead, dozens injured

Kikwit, DR Congo | AFP |  Twenty five people were killed and 57 others injured Sunday when a bus overturned in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an official toll. The accident on National Road Number 1 caused “25 deaths and 57 serious injuries” according to the official toll which was announced on public television.

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Leonard Mutangu, mayor of the town of Kikwit, told AFP earlier that there had been 13 deaths and 64 injured in the accident involving a bus from a Congolese company heading from Kikwit to Kinshasa.

An AFP correspondent who arrived at the scene shortly after the crash said there were bodies in the road and other people still trapped in the vehicle. Dozens of the wounded were lying in the street, some of them still bleeding heavily.

The injured were evacuated to a public hospital in Kikwit, a large town situated some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the incident. “We are overwhelmed with the number of injured, especially as the pharmacy is out of medicine. Managing the fallout from this accident will be difficult,” said Guy Kilundu, a doctor at the Kikwit hospital.

“Excessive speed” and “drunkenness” on the part of the driver, who died at the scene, is likely to be the cause of the accident, according to survivors interviewed by AFP.

Accidents on DR Congo’s roads are often deadly. On Friday, 11 people were killed when a freight truck overturned on a road in Kasai, in the centre of the country.

Ghana: Boy,5, killed in gory accident

12th September 2017

 A 5-year-old boy has been killed in a gory accident at Asuyeboa-Nyankyerenease, IPT, junction in Kumasi. The boy according to Ultimate FM’s Eno Sarfo, was knocked down by an Urvan mini bus with registration number GT 3021-09 while crossing the road Monday morning. He was reportedly told by his brothers to wait after they had bought their breakfast but he refused to heed the call.

Eye-witnesses say the mother had sent  the deceased on an errand to buy porridge when the vehicle knocked him down. The accident occurred around 7 a.m at the  Complex Junction during a time Kumasi was experiencing a heavy down pour. Curious onlookers defied the heavy downpour  to troop to the scene only to find the lifeless but headless body of the boy.

An eyewitness, Kwame Peter told Nhyira FM the severed head could not be found, amid speculation that it may have been carried downstream along a nearby drain by rain water.

The mother and grandmother who were at the scene were inconsolable as the incident attracted a huge crowd.

Narok-Mai Mahiu road accident claims three lives, scores injured

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Sun, 11th September 2017

Wreckage of a bus which was involved in a road accident killing eight people at Timboroa along Nakuru-Eldoret Highway on July 27, 2017. (Photo: File/Standard).

At least three people were Sunday morning killed in an accident involving a bus and lorry in Satellite area along Narok-Mai Mahiu highway.

The bus was ferrying passengers from Kisii to Nairobi when the incident happened. Police said ten other passengers were injured in the incident were rushed to Kijabe Hospital. The bus is said to have been speeding at the time of the accident. Police fear the toll may increase because those injured were in serious condition.

Over 1,900 die in road accidents since January

11th September 2017

According to the agency statistics released indicates a reduction in the number of road users who lost their lives as compared to a similar period last year where a total of 2,078 road users lost their lives/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya  – The National Transport and Safety Agency (NTSA) says 1,919 people have died in road accidents since January this year.

According to the agency statistics released indicates a reduction in the number of road users who lost their lives as compared to a similar period last year where a total of 2,078 road users lost their lives.

NTSA says pedestrians’ deaths registered a slight decline with 714 people losing their lives from 766 in 2016 while 647 pedestrians were reported to have suffered slight injuries down from 1,015 last year.

483 passengers have so far lost their lives in road accidents this year while 1,236 passengers sustained serious injuries as 2,587 passengers were reported to have suffered slight injuries.

320 boda-boda riders have lost their lives in the last nine months while 376 were reported as having sustained serious injuries. In the same period, 154 boda-boda passengers perished on the roads as compared to 149 recorded during the same period in 2016.

A total of 212 drivers have lost their lives on the roads according to cases collated by the NTSA last Monday which is a marks a decline from the 242 reported last year.

Pedal cyclists have also not been left out on the roads, with 36 losing their lives, down from 50 during the same period in the previous year. A further 36 sustained injuries this year as compared to 50 reported cases last year.

The statistics are contained in a document complied showing the comparative trends statistics for 2016 and 2017.

Seven killed in three horror crashes

News24 Correspondent 11th September 2017 

Johannesburg – In one of three horror crashes, five people have been killed and two seriously injured in a horror crash in Alberton on Sunday morning, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said.“Five vehicles got involved in a multiple vehicle, head [to] rear type of crash,” RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said in a statement. “Preliminary investigations indicate that one of the vehicles was driving slowly on the left lane when an unidentified vehicle collided with it from the rear causing all the vehicles in front to collide.”  The vehicle which caused the collision then fled the scene. “Police are looking for it”. Zwane said that the RTMC was conducting further investigations into the matter. “The vehicles have already been mechanically examined to determine if they had mechanical faults that could have contributed to the crash.”Meanwhile, one person was killed and another four injured in a collision which took place in central Durban, also on Sunday night, said Rescue Care paramedics. “One vehicle then overturned coming to rest on its side,“ said spokesperson Garrith Jamieson. One woman was found dead on the scene and four others were extricated from the wreckage before being taken to hospital.Earlier, on Saturday night, one man was killed and two others left in badly injured following an accident, involving a police car, in Thaba Nchu in the Free State, said ER24 paramedics. The driver of an Audi was ejected from his vehicle, said ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall. “Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do to save the man’s life and he was declared dead on the scene.” The passenger in the Audi, as well as the driver of a police car were both taken to hospital having sustained various injuries.

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Man drowns after car plunges into river in Lamu

 By CHETI PRAXIDES  10th September 2017
Residents try to pull out the vehicle from the river.
Residents try to pull out the vehicle from the river. 

A middle-aged man on Thursday drowned after his vehicle plunged into a river in Milihoi on the Lamu-Mpeketoni route. Police have identified the man as Martin Asman. He is said to have been speeding when he lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into the river. Police said the road is slippery due to the rains.

The man had left Lamu and was heading to Mpeketoni. “He was driving fast. As he was negotiating a corner, the vehicle slid into the river. He drowned,” an officer said. Lamu county commander Muchangi Kioi confirmed the incident.

He said they are investigating. The body has been taken to the Mpeketoni mortuary.

14-year-old among three dead in Free State car accident

Alex Mitchley 10th September 2017 

Pretoria – Three people have died and five others sustained injuries in a head-on collision on the R57 near Sasolburg in the Free State on Saturday afternoon. ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall said paramedics arrived on scene and found the drivers of both cars still trapped inside the vehicles.
Two women and a 14-year-old had already succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead on the scene. “Among the five others injured was a baby believed to be 14-month-old. The baby sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further medical care,” said Siddall in a statement. “Two people who were in a critical condition were airlifted to nearby hospitals by the ER24 and One Plan Medical helicopters.” The other injured were also transported to nearby hospitals.In a separate incident on Saturday, a woman, believed to be in her 50s, was left in a critical condition after she was knocked down by a car in Silversands suburb of Cape Town. “ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the woman lying in the intersection,” said Siddall. “She sustained a serious injury to her head and was transported to Tygerberg Hospital to receive further medical care.”In Brackenfell, also in Cape Town, one person was killed and seven others sustained minor to severe injuries after a driver of a taxi lost control of the vehicle during the early hours of this morning. ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found all passengers trapped inside the taxi. “Fire and rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to remove all the patients from the taxi before they were transported to various nearby hospitals,” said Siddall.In Durban, Care Paramedics were called to the corner of Rick Turner Road and Manning Road in Glenwood on Saturday morning after two vehicles had collided in a rear end collision. “One person had sustained minor injuries and was stabilised on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required,” said Operations Director Garrith Jamieson.

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Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile involved in road accident along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway

By Waweru Titus | Published Sat, September 9th 2017  

Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile (Photo: Courtesy)  The accident occurred at around 0300hrs and reported to police at 0320hrs Mr Ndile sustained fractures and was rushed to Shalom Community Hospital

Former Kibwezi Member of Parliament (MP), Kalembe Ndile, was injured in a road accident along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway on Saturday morning. According to Athi River traffic base, the accident happened at Devki area involving a Subaru Forester driven by Mr Ndile and a Mercedes Benz by one Nicodemus.

Ndile, who was headed to Mombasa collided head on with the Mercedes Benz which was heading in the oppposite direction. The former legislator sustained a fracture on the right leg and left hand. He was rushed to Shalom Community Hospital where he was admitted.

Road accidents: 12 killed, 29 injured in 48 hours

 Published On : Saturday, 09 September 2017  

ALGIERS- A total of 12 people lost their lives and 29 others injured in 13 road accidents during the last 48 hours in several provinces of the country, said Saturday the units of the Civil Protection in a communiqué.

Unlicensed driver fined $700 after causing death of a minor

by Simbarashe Sithole 9th September 2017

A 39-year-old unlicensed driver was fined $700 for killing a minor in a road accident along Kadzimwemje-Guruve highway.

Appearing before Guruve resident magistrate Mr Shingirai Mutiro on Friday, Knowledge Mushoshoma pleaded guilty to driving without a valid driving licence and killing a nine months old child in an accident. Mushoshoma was fined $100 for driving without a valid driver’s licence and also $600 for culpable homicide.

Representing the state Mr Albert Mazhindu told the court that on 2 June 2017, Mushoshoma was driving a Toyota Noah registration number ADT-9010 and failed to control the vehicle leading to an accident that claimed a passenger’s life.  On mitigation Mushoshoma begged for a fine citing that he was a government employee hence a custodial sentence would be too harsh as it leads to him losing his job.

“Your worship I am a government worker may you have mercy on me and allow me to pay fine since a custodial sentence automatically leads to my sacking and my family will suffer. “I was ordered to pay two beasts by the bereaved family for compensation, one of which I have paid,” said Mushoshoma.

The magistrate said, “the court has put into account that you are a government worker hence a custodial sentence would be too harsh. “You drove your car negligently hence the courts should be seen passing deterrent sentences to give a strong warning to potential offenders.”

French-Moroccan Family Suffers Fatal Car Accident in Spain

MENAFN – Morocco World News 8th September 2017

(MENAFN – #Morocco World News) Rabat – A French-Moroccan family of six lost five of its members in a horrific traffic accident in #Spain on [Tuesday].

According to the Moroccan press agency, the accident took place in the Pancorbo municipality in the region of Burgos, where the family’s car collided with a truck on the road. Pictures published online by Spanish authorities show the damaged car after the horrific accident.

The Moroccan family included a mother, aged 32, and her three children, aged nine, seven, a three, and their Moroccan grand-mother, aged 60. All five were killed during the tragic incident. The father, a French national, was the only member of the family to stay alive. He was taken to the hospital of Miranda de Ebro.

Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the Moroccan consulate in Bilbao informed the family’s relatives in #France to provide them with the “necessary assistance in coordination with Spanish authorities.”

Villagers ignore trapped driver’s cries for help, Looting at accident scene

by Staff reporter 8th September 2017

VILLAGERS from Mufusire area in Headlands did the unthinkable last Saturday morning when they ignored a truck driver crying for help while trapped in an accident wreckage and went on to loot foodstuffs that were strewn all over following the mishap.

The Mutare-bound Kenworth Transport truck, which was being driven by Isaac Ngorima, was coming from Harare when it was involved in an accident with a 30-tonne petrol tanker travelling in the opposite direction.

Instead of helping the seriously injured Ngorima who was crying for help, villagers from nearby settlements rushed to the scene and looted the consignment. Pictures of the looting spree have since gone viral on social media platforms.

Rusape District police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Muzondiwa Clean confirmed the accident. He said Ngorima, whose truck hit the fuel tanker that had blocked the highway, is still admitted at Marondera Provincial Hospital.

“On September 2, around 5am at the 120km peg along the Harare-Mutare Highway Eric Marongwe (40) was driving an ERF truck laden with 30 tonnes of petrol. Ngorima was also driving a 30-tonne truck carrying various foodstuffs.

“On approaching the spot Marongwe’s ERF truck developed a mechanical fault and it failed to ascend a steep slope. It started reversing and blocked the road. Ngorima, who was driving alone towards Mutare, hit the tanker.

“Both vehicles veered off the road and the Kenworth truck overturned once and landed on its roof injuring Ngorima in the process. He was rushed to hospital,” said Assistant Inspector Clean.

Moments after the accident, villagers in the vicinity began the looting spree.

Thika Road accident death toll rises to 11

Sep. 07, 2017  By STAR REPORTER @thestarkenyaCrowd mills at the scene of the Thika Superhighway accident on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. /COURTESY
Crowd mills at the scene of the Thika Superhighway accident on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. /COURTESY

Four more people have died from yesterday’s accident along Thika Road, bringing the death toll to 11. At least 10 others are still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital and Neema hospital. Seven died on spot after the morning accident.

The mishap near Garden City Mall involved at least four vehicles, including two PSV matatus. Witnesses said that a matatu plying the Mwiki route hit a rail after the driver swerved to avoid hitting a lorry carrying bricks. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, flew over the rails to the opposite lane and overturned landing on a Nanyuki-bound matatu.

Giving a detailed account of what happened, Koome said the minibus brushed off the rear side of a lorry carrying building stones, causing the PSV to lose control and roll into oncoming traffic. According to some witnesses, the lorry burst its front tyre and the driver lost control ramming into the minibus.

The accident caused a major traffic snarl-up lasting several hours before the scene was cleared.

















2 Responses to Crash News AFRICA ’17

  1. ifemi says:

    God please look back help us in the all world please God

  2. Rudi says:

    Good updates

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