BULAWAYO, Friday, August 9, 1991 — President Mugabe yesterday appealed to all drivers in the country to respect their lives and those of their passengers when ever they were behind the steering wheel.
In a graveside speech at the burial of Cde Elmond Ndhlovu, at the Midlands provincial heroes acre in Gweru, President Mugabe said the country had witnessed many accidents in the past few days and the nation was unclear as to what had gone wrong.
Cde Ndhlovu himself died in a car accident at the weekend when his car smashed into the back of a truck trailer along the Harare to Chitungwiza road.
“If the nation has wronged anybody, then it needs to be looked into,’’ Cde Mugabe told the mourners who gathered to witness the burial of Cde Ndhlovu whose Chimurenga name was Don Chivivito.
He said more accidents had occurred in Harare on Wednesday and yesterday and that the Minister of State Security, Cde Sidney Sekeramayi, had been unable to accompany him to Cde Ndhlovu’s funeral because the minister’s brother had been injured when a Zimbabwe United Passenger Company bus was involved in an accident.
“We as drivers have lost our vigilance. We no longer see the importance of our lives and respect the lives of other people,’’ he said.
Cde Mugabe said drivers should realise that the lives of their passengers were in their hands the moment they got into a vehicle.
The President said Cde Ndhlovu had helped liberate the country from the colonialists and continued to serve the country tirelessly after independence. Cde Ndhlovu was a Zanu-PF youth activist.