President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday issued a condolence message to the families of the five victims of the road traffic accident that occurred along the Harare-Mutare Highway on Christmas eve.
The President implored road users to exercise extreme caution as they travel to their destinations during the festive season. The statement read:
CONDOLENCE MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, DR E.D. MNANGAGWA FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON THE HARARE-MUTARE HIGHWAY, 26TH DECEMBER, 2021
On behalf of our Nation, Government and on my behalf, I wish to express my deepest, heartfelt condolences to families and relatives who lost their beloved ones in yesterday’s horrific traffic accident along the Harare-Mutare Highway involving a passenger bus and a fuel tanker.
As we all grieve over the tragic loss of lives in that traffic incident, we again remind each other to exercise extreme caution as we travel to various destinations during the Christmas and New Year break.
Our gradually improving highways and trunk roads should never be an excuse for reckless behaviour by any road user, in the process endangering or even hurting others.
In wishing a speedy recovery to all those recuperating from injuries and burns from this horrific traffic accident, I am heartened by the life-saving and public-spiritedness shown by other road users and communities who witnessed the fatal mishap.
In particular, I was struck by the outstanding bravery of one of our citizens, SIRIZANI BUTAU, who defied personal safety to help with the effort, in the process sustaining several burns and injuries.
Without him and many others who rose to the occasion, many more lives could have been hurt or even lost.
Our Nation honours such great deeds which should never go unnoticed and uncelebrated.
Indeed, these deeds cultivate and impart great compassion to our Nation, thus confirming our humanity as a people.