Mutare: One person died on the spot when a haulage truck developed a break failure at Valley Lodge near the Forbes Border Post and rammed into stationery vehicles.
The accident resulted in a pile up of damaged vehicles at the border post.
Manicaland provincial deputy police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the incident, saying investigations were in progress to ascertain the cause of the accident.
“I can confirm one person died and four vehicles were extensively damaged after a truck developed a break failure at Valley Lodge and rammed into the stationery vehicles,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said the truck developed brake failure at Valley Lodge resulting in multiple vehicle pileups that led to death of one person.
“The truck developed break failure at Valley Lodge, and it moved with gradient to the border post tuck-shop where it rammed into vehicles killing one person on spot,” said a clearing agent.
This is not the first incident at border post involving a haulage truck developing break failure resulting in death and destruction of property.
Last year, an official from Health Ministry also died on the spot when she was hit by a truck at Forbes Border Post’s main gate while on duty. The truck had developed a brake failure and rammed into stationary vehicles before overturning in the border yard.
Stakeholders said there is an urgent need to revamp the border post and put safety measures to ensure lives and property are protected.-New ZImbabwe
IN OTHER NEWS:Mnangagwa’s Narrow Win Over Chamisa Predicted – Survey
MOST citizens have rated President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to be performing badly, but if elections were to be held tomorrow, he would win with a narrow margin over his arch-rival Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance.
This is part of the findings by Afrobarometer – a South Africa-based non-profit research network.
However, most Zimbabweans who took part in the survey said they were suffering economically and socially without cash, water and other basics.
But despite these negatives, the report said Zanu PF appeared to have an edge over the main opposition – MDC Alliance, and if presidential elections were held even “tomorrow”, Mnangagwa would emerge the winner.
Mnangagwa won the 2018 presidential election with a slight margin against Chamisa. The opposition leader has contested the results arguing the outcome was rigged by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in Mnangagwa’s favour.
The country’s next elections are set to be held in 2023.
“More than half (54%) of Zimbabweans say they feel close to a political party. About a quarter (27%) of citizens say they feel close to Zanu PF, while a fifth (20%) say they feel close to MDC-Chamisa,” the Afrobarometer report noted.
“If presidential elections were held tomorrow, one-third (33%) of respondents say they would vote for the Zanu PF candidate, compared to one-fourth (26%) who say they would vote for the MDC-Chamisa candidate.
“About four in 10 refused to answer, say they would not vote, or say they don’t know.”
According to the survey, a large majority (91%) said Mnangagwa’s administration, in office since November 2017, was performing badly in job creation, keeping prices stable (78%), improving living standards of the poor (75%).
However, 57% of the respondents commended government’s efforts on preventing or resolving violent conflicts.
Meanwhile, according to our Bulawayo Correspondent, most Zimbabweans had trust in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and religious leaders than Mnangagwa.