Sirizani Batau, a truck driver who was burnt and injured while rescuing people who were involved in a road traffic accident 20km outside Mutare on Christmas Eve has been hailed as a hero by his compatriots.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday said the government will honour Batau for his heroics. He, however, did not reveal the kind of honour to be bestowed on Batau.
Former Chivi South legislator, Killer Zivhu (ZANU PF) called on the Government to avail a house or residential stand for Batau instead of giving him a mere badge of honour. Zivhu tweeted late Sunday night:
This guy deserves a house or a stand, not just a badge, achatora nguva yakareba asingashandiri mhuri yake nemaronda awo (he won’t be able to work for his family for a long time as he recovers from his injuries.
Politicians this guy saved lives. No cheap politicking please, kana zvaramba (if you cannot help him) I will see what to do kushinga kwake kwakandibata (I was touched by his heroics).
Responding to Zivhu, another Twitter user, MrVanzD proposed that the Government should open a logistics company for Batau and buy him a truck (horse and trailer) to enable him to start his own business. He wrote:
My proposal would be. 1. open him a logistics company and gvt must buy him a truck (horse and trailer) and let him start his own business. 2. also gvt must buy him a decent house in any city of his choice for his family. 3. give him the Ambassador of Peace Medal.
The accident occurred on Friday when a Beta bus collided head-on with a fuel tanker which burst into flames upon impact.
Police have released the names of three of the five people who died in the accident. The three are Delan Ndoro of Mapfunde Village, Chief Zimunya, Mutare, Admire Mandeya of Nyatate Village, Chief Mutasa, Nyanga, and Rufu Zambezi (48) of number 36 Glenora Drive, Harare who was the fuel tanker driver.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said two other victims who were burnt beyond recognition are awaiting forensic tests.