Road vic­tims to be com­pen­sated

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

THE gov­ern­ment will soon in­tro­duce an in­surance cover and fi­nan­cial scheme that will see the Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment com­pen­sat­ing ac­ci­dent vic­tims and foot­ing their hos­pi­tal bills, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

In an in­ter­view on the side­lines of Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (TSCZ) national driv­ers’ com­pe­ti­tion awards cer­e­mony on Sun­day, Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo said the Gov­ern­ment would soon adopt schemes that are al­ready in ex­is­tence in South Africa and Botswana where ac­ci­dent vic­tims are com­pen­sated through in­surance cover.

“We are also plan­ning as a Min­istry and we are at a very ad­vanced stage.

‘‘We are look­ing at the com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage on the schemes that are op­er­a­tive in South Africa and Botswana which we want to adopt and im­prove on so that we can have an in­surance cover for ac­ci­dent vic­tims re­gard­less of the type of ac­ci­dent that they are in­volved in,” he said.

“We are at an ad­vanced stage in try­ing to come up with such a scheme so that we en­sure that all ac­ci­dent vic­tims get com­pen­sa­tion.

‘‘We will how­ever cat­e­gorise the vic­tims so that they get a cer­tain amount of money de­pend­ing on the se­ri­ous­ness of in­juries or ac­ci­dent.”

Dr Gumbo said there was also a need for the min­istry to ca­pac­i­tate hos­pi­tals along ma­jor high­ways to en­able them to re­spond rapidly and ef­fi­ciently in case of ac­ci­dents.

He said at the mo­ment, they are as­sist­ing Chivhu and Gwanda hos­pi­tals with am­bu­lances so that they have the ca­pac­ity to at­tend to ac­ci­dents ef­fi­ciently and be able to save lives.

He said his min­istry had agreed to al­lo­cate a cer­tain per­cent­age of money col­lected by the Zim­babwe National Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara) to the TSCZ that would go to­wards ca­pac­i­tat­ing hos­pi­tals and as­sist­ing dur­ing ac­ci­dents.

“What is also hap­pen­ing is that the TSCZ is now col­lect­ing money from Zi­nara to as­sist dur­ing ac­ci­dents when peo­ple get in­jured,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said this was at the in­sti­ga­tion of Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa fol­low­ing the Kwekwe ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Pfochez bus and a Toy­ota Sprinter where 31 peo­ple died in March.

While ad­dress­ing driv­ers and pub­lic trans­port oper­a­tors at the awards cer­e­mony, Dr Gumbo said there has been a mar­ginal de­crease in road ac­ci­dents in the first half of the year com­pared to the same pe­riod last year while the num­ber of deaths has in­creased.

On av­er­age there are five peo­ple killed daily on our roads while ap­prox­i­mately 38 per­sons are in­jured, he said.

The num­ber of traf­fic col­li­sions which oc­curred dur­ing the first half of this year de­clined by six per­cent from 21,934 to 18,451 com­pared to last year.

He said the Gov­ern­ment is wor­ried about the dis­as­ters that oc­curred dur­ing this pe­riod.

“These contributed to the in­crease in fa­tal­i­ties from 793 in 2015 to 847 for the same pe­riod this year,” he said.

Mean­while, Delta Bev­er­ages’ Chenge­tai Vhavha was the driver of the year in the ar­tic­u­lated ve­hi­cles cat­e­gory and MacNight Mu­pezi­weni of Masvingo City Coun­cil scooped the sim­i­lar award in the rigid cat­e­gory.

Ronald Katadzaushe, a kombi driver was the driver of the year in his cat­e­gory while Shadreck Mupondi of Zim­babwe National Army won in the bus cat­e­gory.

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