42 dead in Zimbabwe road accidents during Easter holiday

A total of 42 people died while 246 others were injured in 338 road accidents recorded countrywide during this year’s Easter holiday, police said.

This is up from the 22 people who died and 105 others injured in 217 road accidents during the same period last year, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted police spokesperson chief superintendent Paul Nyathi urging motorists to avoid speeding and overtaking in front of oncoming vehicles.

He also urged drivers to obey all traffic rules and regulations to minimize accidents.

On Saturday alone, a total of 21 people are said to have died while 48 others were injured in a road accident in Tsholotsho, northwest of the capital Harare.

The country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the accident a state of national disaster.