…As 47 die in Zimbabwe’s horror bus crash***
The Lagos State Government, yesterday, seized no fewer than 30 cows and 10 rams found straying and grazing illegally on the road within Lekki axis, saying it has zero tolerance for such action in the state.
The state government further warned herdsmen to desist from grazing their cattle on the roads saying such action threatens safety of road users. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Olayiwola Onasanya, disclosed the number of cattle and rams impounded in an interview with Vanguard at his office, in Alausa Ikeja. Onasanya said: “If the owners come, they will pay fines to the government.
We ensure that they don’t return to such act. We have a taskforce on ground to ensure that such doesn’t occur in the state. We are concerned about the safety of the residents in the state. Residents bemoan state of roads in Warri, Uvwie As a government, we have not relaxed any of our laws and that is why we have urged residents to alert us whenever they see any infringement. We assure them that within 48 hours, such would be cleared.”
In the meantime, forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape.
“We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-km peg along the Harare-Mutare highway,” police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.
On Twitter, the state-run Herald newspaper said pictures from the scene were too graphic to post.
The paper said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space and sought help from a private funeral parlour to take in some of the bodies.
Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had been recently resurfaced.
In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.
Deputy transport minister, Fortune Chasi, said the government will take steps to curb the road carnage.
“Totally needless loss of lives. This event should be the last before stern measures are taken,” he tweeted, promising to rein in public service vehicles and their owners.
Vanguard with additional report from Guardian UK