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BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Au­gust 8, 1991 — Mem­bers of the North End Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion in Bu­l­awayo are plan­ning to send a pe­ti­tion to the Min­istry of Trans­port and Na­tional Sup­plies de­mand­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the op­er­a­tions of all buses for the safety of pas­sen­gers.

Speak­ing dur­ing a meet­ing held at Baines Pri­mary School on Tues­day night, the res­i­dents said they could not sit back and watch while in­no­cent peo­ple lost their lives be­cause of neg­li­gence by bus driv­ers and op­er­a­tors.

Also speak­ing at the meet­ing, the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Bu­l­awayo North, Cde John Nkomo, who is also the Min­is­ter of Labour, Man­power Plan­ning and So­cial Wel­fare, said he was greatly dis­turbed by the Nyanga bus dis­as­ter and called on the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs to in­crease mo­tor­cy­cle pa­trols on high­ways to en­sure the safety of the pas­sen­gers.

He ap­pealed for dis­ci­pline both from driv­ers and pas­sen­gers say­ing that the lat­ter were some­times re­spon­si­ble for the driv­ers’ in­dis­ci­pline. Cde Nkomo urged pas­sen­gers to re­port in­dis­ci­plined driv­ers to their com­pa­nies after reach­ing their des­ti­na­tions.

Mean­while, the Chartered In­sti­tute of Trans­port has urged the Gov­ern­ment to se­ri­ously con­sider in­tro­duc­ing reg­u­lar road fit­ness tests for all buses.

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