‘Policy needed to tame traffic jungle’

JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Emmerson Mnangagwa last week blamed the sharp rise in road traffic accidents to sanctions imposed by Western countries against President Robert Mugabe and members of his inner cabal.

VENERANDA LANGA,SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

He also blamed the rapid increase in vehicle volumes without a corresponding policy change and expansion of the road infrastructure for causing road carnage.

Mnangangwa who is also leader of government business in Parliament said there was urgent need to craft a comprehensive policy to tame the traffic jungle.

He was responding to a question by Masvingo senator Misheck Marava who wanted to know if government had lifted the ban on use of ex-Japanese secondhand vehicles as public transport vehicles.

“The minister will be aware that we have witnessed a lot of carnage on our roads — the major culprits have been the conventional minibuses and the entry into the transport business by small ex-Japanese vehicles, mainly the Ipsums and Noahs,” Marava said. “Last year his (Mnangagwa)’s ministry issued a statement banning the operations of these small vehicles and this led to their disappearance from our roads. Has there been a change of policy with regards to the licensing and operations of these vehicles?”

Mnangagwa said the question of road carnage was of great concern to government.

He said sanctions had seen the country fail to maintain its road infrastructure.

“However, the last three years have seen a resurgence of some economic growth and efforts are now being made on some roads,” Mnangagwa said.

“Those who come from Bulawayo know that a lot of progress has been made by the Ministry of Transport on the construction of the road from Plumtree-Bulawayo-Gweru and now to Harare. That has now improved the state of the roads, as well as widening the roads in our country.”

He said government had already approved schemes to do the same for several other major highways including the Beitbridge- Masvingo, Harare-Chirundu, Mutare-Harare, Bulawayo-Victoria Falls and Harare-Chirundu roads.

“We do not think that the question of issuing of licenses is at the core of the accidents on our roads. We believe that there has been a growth from the economy in terms of motor vehicles on our roads without a corresponding expansion of infrastructure to accommodate the growth of that volume of traffic on our roads,” he said.

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31 Comments

  1. Get the ZRP to do their work without accepting bribes and hence getting compromised, then there will be a bit of sanity on the roads.

  2. musatisekesa kani
    nguwo dzingabvaruka

    1. the small houses are worst affected by this. WHENEVER things dont get up to expectation, sanctions ma sanctions ma sanctions

  3. kana vanhu vakuru vofunga kungepwere zvorwadza kwatova kupenga kauku.masanctions akonzresa maAccidents kkkkkkkk kwava kurwara chaiko uku.if u blame everything on sanctions why wake up and go to your office as u have a reason to fail and surely u will fail nekuti seZanu ndozvamogona.mota kuwanda kwadzo hanti ndoempowerment here iyo saka yaipa futi.kuzvishandira ka uku.Chinamasa akati arikuda kuwedzera magvt workers mari nanhasi akanyarara nyaya yebudget nekuti haana mari rongekayi imi.

  4. Where are the statistics to support your wishful thinking that the Noahs & ipsums are causing accidents? What % is the total number of accidents viz the total number of vehicles on the roads. Has there been a % increase?

  5. Just when I was thinking he is being sidelined unfairly, I think Mugabe saw it. This man is not Presidential material. Sanctions and accident my foot. Most licensed drivers mostly from 6 years to now are not genuine, they bought, I prefer meeting an unlicensed driver on the road because he can drive but has no money to bribe to get a license. Most new licenses(please note I said most not all) are being bought. Emmerson if you want to be President start to speak, think and behave like one.

    1. But even if ukwazi ukudriver, they will frustrate you until you cough up

  6. So it means all Zanu PF failures are caused by sanctions? Hey u old peoples party don’t try to play with us. Where is money from the toll gates going? All the vehicles are paying licences U allowed ur police officers to collect money at road blocks instead of just issuing tickets. Kana kurambana kwenyu nevakadzi venyu muchaguma makuti masanction. Fertilizer is manufactured here and the maize seed is produced here. The land you invaded is there. The rain comes, you fail to produce anything and you say it’s sanctions. Shame on you.

  7. if an accident happens because of driving on a bad road eg Masvingo road that cant be dualised or repaired because of many reasons including sanctions, cant we also say the sanctions caused that accident?

    1. But I remember vice president vachitaura gore rakapera kuti hatichada kunzwa anovanda muma sanctions makanganwa kana …

    2. No. We can’t say that. Bad roads don’t cause accidents. Accidents are caused by human error or other action such as reckless driving, speeding and generally inexperience or faulty vehicles. Recently Dudu Manhenga was sentenced for her role in a road accident. Would you say sanctions caused that accident?

    3. Surely with all the diamond money, tollgate money, licence disks money you can still balme sanctions for not filling a pothole! you are pathetic!

  8. Endai munoonekwa nachiremba wepfungwa vakuru ,hamunyarewo here kutaura zvakadai munhu waminister….kkkkkk

  9. Ngatifungeiwo tisati tataura Minister.

  10. But I remember vice president vachitaura gore rakapera kuti hatichada kunzwa anovanda muma sanctions makanganwa kana …

  11. Mazvinzwa ka mega zanu haina plan except blame sanctions, we regret why people voted them back into power!!!!!!!!

  12. I have noticed that of late the ruining party has upped its tempo regarding blaming sanction for everything including what my brother above says kurambana nevakadzi. Reality is now dawning on them that the economy canot be rigged and they want a way out. Lets face it guys are the promises you made during campaigning were made with sanctions in our midst and surely your strategist Johno must have had a plan for the expected continuation of those sanctions. Musawanda deliver what you promised

  13. Engineer Dzikamai Mavhaire is better than you dishonourable mini-star.Haana chaanoziva mavhaire saka haataure hake pane kuhumana

  14. Perhaps before these guys think of opening their mouths, they must check the caliber of their audience. This man will stand as a presidential candidate some time to come, but if his wits continue to decline so fast, then sanctions will bring him down. One wonders if the law degree was acquired by honest means!!!!!!

  15. Sanctions this sanctions that sanctions here sanctions there. When you rigged your way into power did you not know that there were sanctions. If you knew maiti muchaita. If you do not have a plan just shut up

  16. This guy and zpf are craxy. They campaigned knowing sanctions are there are most likely going to be tightened so what measures dd they put in place to burst them? Inga Smith was under sanctions but our road network was excellent. Ko mari yematoll gates irikuendepi?

  17. zuro ndi zuro hanzi MDC dead and buried. muchidai? kona yose sanction saka tomuka nguvai nhai ana bambo. since 2000

  18. it is not a secret that most people who drive in Zim and especially in Harare got their drvers’ licences by paying bribes. That is the cause of accidents kwete zvimwe zvese zvamurikutaura izvi.

  19. dai minister mamboongorora nyaya yema ‘terrorist suicide drivers’ vemakombi. ndovapedza vanhu. Chimbondokwirai kombi kamwe chete muzvionere. Ndoinonzi Tendawasvika manje kufamba nekombi. Imi moti masanctions? Weduwee? izvi zvapedza vanhu hamuzvione here munongomuka muchiona maBritish nema’sanctions’ mazuva ese. Maybe madziso akuda kuparwa kuti mboni dzinyatsoone kwadi kwadi.

  20. Ko nhai vanhu havangonyarari zvavo here? No wonder why the president asiri kuretire. He knows that the country will die in two days. He cant leave someone like this man to be president. Iri ndiro rinonzi dofo raminister. Sanctions! My foot!

  21. ko dai ma sanctions akakutadzisai kuhwina ma elections zve. you managed to roll out a vigorous campaign, printing and ferrying ppl around the country under the sanctions but come to developmental issues you find scapegoats.

  22. Ake siyeke lendaba yamasanctions ke senze esakwethembisayo baba mini-star

  23. SANCTIONS,SANCTIONS,SANCTIONS ,these politicians even if they get an accident due to POTHOLES their reason SANCTIONS .These problems are due to bad policies & maladministration .DIVERSION of FINANCE meant for roads is the cause of this. ZANU PF should wake up to reality ,they inherited a good road network & instead of maintaining it they destroyed it.They won the ERECTIONS through rigging now they start the BLAME game.

  24. “However, the last three years have seen some resurgence in economic growth and efforts are being made on some roads.” Said Mnangagwa. SO CDE MINISTER U ARE TELLING US THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE ECONOMIC GROWTH UNDER THE SO CALLED SUNCTIONS? IN THAT CASE ITS NOT THE “SANCTIONS” BUT BAD POLICIES.U NEED TO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.BUT WE KNOW HAPANA CHINOBUDA NOW THAT U PULLED AN ELECTORAL HEIST AND MAVE KUTONGA PACHI ZANU PF.

  25. inga mu parliament munonakidza. Zbc shld broadcast live sessions timbonzwirira hedu isu

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