Ministerial Statement on Carnage on the Roads - 09 March 2016

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

CARNAGE ON THE ROADS

THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (DR. J. M. GUMBO) Thank you Mr. Speaker. A request was made by the Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development that I make a statement regarding the carnage on the roads. In particular relating to the recent accident that took place in Kwekwe, on Thursday last week.

Mr. Speaker Sir, it is with a heavy heart that, I address you when the Nation is still mourning 32 of our citizens who perished in a road accident on Thursday 3 March 2016, when a Harare bound Pfochez Bus collided with a Sprinter kombi heading in the opposite direction, 20 km out Kwekwe. Thirty four others were seriously injured and hospitalised in Kwekwe, Gweru and Harare hospitals.

Our heartfelt condolences go to all the families that lost their loved ones in that fatal accident. Our prayers are with all those who survived the crash but are still fighting for their lives in hospitals. We pray that the Good Lord extends His healing hand to them.

Hon. members, allow me, to update the House on the policy thrust my Ministry is pursuing in view of the road crashes in the country in general and the Kwekwe crash in particular in respect to insurance cover and compensation to the victims.

1. Third Party Insurance

This august House has requested me to comment on how much is being collected through Third Party Insurance and to what extend has it been used in alleviating the plight of road traffic accident victims. Mr. Speaker Sir, Third Party Insurance is administered privately by insurance companies and therefore the Ministry cannot comment with confidence on the actual amount collected monthly or yearly by private insurance companies individually.

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