The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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