Irate vil­lagers bar Green Fuel trucks from us­ing road

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

AN­GRY vil­lagers from Chim­bambo vil­lage near Checheche growth point bar­ri­caded the road last Sun­day bay­ing for the blood of a Green Fuel truck driver whom they ac­cuse of caus­ing the ac­ci­dent, which left nine peo­ple dead along Tan­ganda-Ngundu high­way.

Nine peo­ple died on spot while eight oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured when a Green Fuel haulage truck fer­ry­ing sugar cane from Mid­dle Sabi crashed head-on with a Nis­san car­a­van kombi along Tan­ganda-Ngundu road.

Emo­tions have been rid­ing high since the fate­ful day with vil­lagers de­mand­ing that the com­pany’s trucks stop fer­ry­ing sugar cane from Mid­dle Sabi to Chisum­banje ethanol plant un­til their de­mands are met.

The vil­lagers are also de­mand­ing that the road should be resur­faced first be­fore the haulage trucks can be al­lowed to op­er­ate.

Mr Claris Mad­huku said riot po­lice from Chipan­gai po­lice sta­tion had to swiftly re­act to quell the de­mon­stra­tion.

“On the day of the ac­ci­dent trucks were blocked from pass­ing through and Green Fuel had to with­draw them.

“The vil­lagers were ar­gu­ing that Green Fuel should plough back into the com­mu­nity by re­pair­ing the road as well as play­ing other so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity roles.

“The road is now a death trap to mo­torists who risk their lives daily when they use it.

“The heavy trucks gen­er­ate clouds of dust that make it dif­fi­cult for other mo­torists to see the road clearly.

“Al­though it was busi­ness as usual on Mon­day and Tues­day, the ten­sion was still in­her­ent in the air and could be felt within fam­i­lies with de­ceased rel­a­tives,” said Mr Mad­huku.

Mean­while, Chipinge district civil pro­tec­tion unit chair­per­son, Mr Wil­liam Mashava re­vealed that the other eight peo­ple ad­mit­ted in Chiredzi and Masvingo hospi­tals were re­cov­er­ing well.

“Nine peo­ple died on the spot at Chi­mambo Busi­ness cen­tre near Checheche growth point.

“The ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 1pm on Sun­day when a Green Fuel truck was in­volved in a head-on col­li­sion with a Nis­san Car­a­van com­muter om­nibus that had 17 pas­sen­gers on board,” said Mr Mashava

Five pas­sen­gers, who were se­ri­ously in­jured, were re­ferred to Masvingo Provin­cial Hospi­tal while the other three, who sus­tained moder­ate in­juries, were ad­mit­ted at Chiredzi Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

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