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Eight farmers perish in accident

By Samuel Kadungure 

Eight Nyanga farmers perished in a road accident on their way from collecting agricultural inputs last Friday. The accident happened barely 100 metres from the collection point at Kute Business Centre.

File picture of traffic police loading a metal coffin
File picture of traffic police loading a metal coffin

A 28-months-old baby, Rosemary Ropafadzo died on the spot, the driver, Samuel Aaron Mandikuwadza, who died on admission at Nyanga District Hospital.

Six others, whose conditions were critical died at Mutare Provincial Hospital. They were all from Ward 14, under Chief Saunyama’s area.

They were aboard a Toyo-Ace truck, belonging to the late Mandikuwadza. The farmers had collected seed maize and fertiliser under the Presidential Inputs Scheme at Kute Business Centre (Dodzo). The accident occurred at the 60km peg along the Nyanga-Ruwangwe Road.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the accident. He revealed the names of five deceased person from the eight — Rosemary Ropafadzo (28 months), of Nyamukupe Village, Aaron Samuel Mandikuwadza (56), of Hamunakwadi Village, Aquiline Mafuwo (62), of Samvenge Village, Annatoria Maritinya and Joyce Mumhanyi — all under Chief Saunyama’s area.

Insp Kakohwa could not release the names of the three others who died on Monday at Mutare Provincial Hospital as their next of kin had not been notified.

The eight succumbed to head, chest and neck injuries. Seven others survived with minor to moderate injuries.

“The truck was travelling towards Ruwangwe and was involved in an accident at the 60km peg when Mandikuwadza lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road to the left, overturned once and landed on its left side.

“A 28-months-old baby Rosemary died on the spot, and Mandikuwadza died on admission at Nyanga District Hospital. The other victims were later transferred to Mutare Provincial Hospital for further treatment and later died,” Insp Kakohwa.

Nyanga Rural District Council chairperson, Councillor Moses Gutu, said the tragedy had plunged the district into mourning. Cllr Gutu said most of the victims were breadwinners.

“All the deceased were from Ward 14 and you can imagine the extent of the pain. These people were farmers who met their fate while trying to fend for their families.

Their families have lost breadwinners, and it is unfortunate,” said Cllr Gutu.

“We buried the first five in their respective villages on Sunday, and sadly on Monday we received sad news from Cllr Mutsiwawo (Ward 14) that three other victims had died at Mutare Provincial Hospital. This exacerbated our pain.

“We do not know if the accident was caused by a defect on the vehicle or was just a design by God. I visited the scene and the accident happened on a straight and clear stretch that is less than 100m from the collection point (Kute Business Centre).

You would not expect such an impact just after take-off,” said Cllr Gutu.

He thanked Nyanga South legislator, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, for assisting the bereaved families. The Herald

  • so sad when lives are lost this way.

  • Ohhhh my God. Pamba pangu here veduwee?? Shame RIP hama

  • Shame

  • Police don’t have proper vehicles to carry the dead???? Omg 😮! How could they carry dead bodies in a… https://t.co/Fr9W9uGo1F

  • Esh ma1

  • So sad the government must remove the police from road blocks and we won’t cc any accidents.

    • wakaiwanepi roadblock yemapurisa asikana.musamhanyirira to comment zvamusingazivi

    • The police are no longer there in roadblocks, accidents will be more this time bcoz people are now abusing the absence of the police on roads, tht accident which recently happened in Tsholotsho it is said tht the driver was very drunk, he was warned three times of his speed but akawudza vanhu vaiva mu truck kuti this is a new Zimbabwe hapana anosungwa nekuti hapana police, 21 souls were lost

    • The police will only come to pick you mava ma piece piece chete

    • Some are saying vaive mumota they were cheering him kut amanyise mota

    • Ini handikwire mota inenge ichimhanya kana achimhanya ndoburuka ndotsvaga imwe

    • Yah kudakwa ndokuziva chashata chese Police even ukarambwa nemkadz uchatoti POLICE. No police on road n ur sayng remove police nxaaaaa

  • @TembaMliswa @ZimMediaReview @Zimtweets @ali_naka Is this not a sign that hated as they maybe, we ne… https://t.co/QKKZJCDpfW

  • Dear readers help me thank God for using doctor ebhote momoh to save my life from dying of hepatitis b virus with his herbal remedies

  • So sad may there soul rest in peace

  • So sad ummm

  • Mubairo wezvemahara

  • Shame rip

  • Mwari tipeiwo nyasha ndufu mumigwagwa dzanyanya

  • Oh Lord recently it was healthy workers now farmers eish…..Lord help

  • Zvatotanga. Ndakambokuudzai nyaya yekungoti hee Gukurahundi. Mweya iyoyo inomuka. Live past in the past

    • Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

    • Watii?

  • It is so sad.May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

  • Very sorry

  • May there soul find peace in eternity ..

  • Rest in peace

  • U guys ummm. OK I EV been noticing how combi drivers operate. Totally removing roadblocks will fuel accidents cz some drivers are just reckless. And the way pple are getting licenses umm leaves a lot of questions and also the ages. So police ndoirikuputitswa nekubheura vanhuka paroad. Yes they are corrupt but pamwe pacho patovapa mhosva they are innocent. Trimumota chaimo unoona driver achisvitsa mota pa180km/hr mumaroads edu iwaya n we don’t even complain about that. Kana paita accident totanga kuti police police. The entire system needs adjustments even from VID

  • Great loss ma1 ,

  • SAD

  • Asi zvazve satanism here zuro tarasikirwa ne21 nhasi vamwe futi pakatoipa holy spirit fire ndufu njodzi dziparadzwe nezita rajesu amen.RIP

  • MTSRIP

  • Barely 100m from collection point , i wonder wat take off was like.. So sad

  • December wegore rino auuya kuipa

  • Shame vanhu Vashe zvinorwadza asi ngatichemei netariro rufu murawo vaMwari panenguva yekudyara nenguva yekukohwa ngatiti Mwari vakohwa zvirimwa zvavo rest in peace hama.

  • Sorry

  • Oooh God,

  • So sad especially for a 28days old infant

  • This is sad

  • So sad

  • passengers must also know that the have rights. As passengers ; it is our responsibility to refuse to aboard an overloaded ;speeding and unroadworthy vehicle. We also can report negligence driving to relevant authorities. But most of the time passengers are catalysts for bad driving.
    May the deceased rest in peace and condolences to the grieved

  • So sad. I attended this scene and the driver perished on the spot. It was horrible.

  • Less than 100m wat speed was the driver driving at. Ummm akusi kuroyana here uku

  • So ths government will operate wth these lD askng soldiers in the roads only. Ummmm vanhu vanopera at least ngavabate mota dzine madefects at least vanhu vave cautious muroad

  • My heart felt sympathy for their families