Eight passengers traveling in a Toyota Wish are feared dead after their vehicle collided head-on with an Inter-Africa Bus near Matizha Business Centre in Gutu this morning.
A motorist who arrived soon after the accident said one person appears to have survived the accident and he (the motorist) took the survivor to Matizha Clinic. Bodies were trapped inside the vehicle with some crashed to pull.
Eyewitnesses said an Inter-Africa bus was trying to overtake another bus when it encroached into the lane of the oncoming Toyota Wish. The Toyota Wish swerved off the road but the bus did the same and they collided.
The Government has banned kombis resulting in little non-commercial vehicles (4 passengers) overloading passengers and taking over the sector. The transport sector are now dominated by Toyota Wish vehicles which although they have capacities of 4 passengers are carrying as many as nine passengers.
Gutu Police is attending the scene. Masvingo Mirror
IN OTHER NEWS: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN SETS WIFE ON FIRE
A 31-year-old pharmacy technician at Nkayi District Hospital in Matabeleland North province has been arrested on allegations of murdering his wife after he doused her head with methylated spirit before setting her on fire.
Vusumuzi Ncube (31) was arrested on Monday following investigations carried out by police over the death of his wife, Letwin Gotido (34) sometime in March, following a domestic dispute.
The two were staying together with their three children and a niece at Nkayi District Hospital Quarters. He was yesterday still in police custody and assisting police with investigations.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest.
“Allegations are that sometime this year, the accused (Ncube) came home around 1am while he was drunk and in the sitting room, there was his niece aged 16 and three children aged nine, eight and six who were sleeping,” he said.
“It is alleged that he woke up his niece and asked her to accompany him outside and during the process, the accused person’s wife (Gotido) woke up and followed them outside. She asked him why he had called the niece outside especially during that time of the hour.”
Asst Comm Nyathi said this did not go down well with Ncube, who then started beating up his wife until the children intervened. He then went to sleep alone in the bedroom before Gotido followed him a few minutes later.
It is alleged that Ncube took a bottle of methylated spirit, which he poured on her face and head before setting her on fire.
The children heard some noise and when they went inside the bedroom, they found Ncube trying to cover Gotido’s face with a blanket, which also caught fire. Water was then used to extinguish the fire before Gotido was taken to Nkayi Hospital for treatment.
As a result of the severe burns, she was transferred to Mpilo Hospital and during the process no one divulged what had happened.