PAZ to walk against road carnage
By Kundai Marunya
Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) is scheduled to have a sponsored walk to raise awareness on road carnage which continues to menace Seke Road, a link between Harare and Chitungwiza on 30 September.
Themed ‘We hope such a thing would never happen again’, the Walk of Life will see residents walk the 28.3 km stretch from Chitungwiza Town Centre to Harare’s Town House, then march to Harare Gardens where they will be addressed by Provincial Minister of Harare Metropolitan Province, Honourable Mirriam Chikukwa.
PAZ president Tafadzwa George Goliati said carnage on Seke Road has over the years been contributory to the (mortality and morbidity) death and injury of hundreds of passengers and motorists.
“On average a road accident occurs in Zimbabwe every 15 minutes and five people are killed every day on our roads. We also have about 1700 fatalities and over 30 000 people injured every year,” he said.
“By walking, PAZ is also making a protest against the fact that this carnage is avoidable, as most accidents are caused by ‘human error’ and ‘road safety does not happen by accident,’ even when in several instances the state of the road (such as potholes), vehicle mechanical faults, stray animals, also contribute.”
Many passengers have also fallen victim to robbers using both private and unregistered passenger service vehicles. “As Passengers Association of Zimbabwe we also seek to use this event as a vehicle for educating passengers to use registered PSVs with passenger liability cover and to make them aware of benefits in the event of an accident,” said Goliati.
He also called upon residents who use the route to participate. “Those who want to participate in the walk can join us from the beginning or walk a few kilometres, for instance they can join us from Hatfield of Arcadia.”
For the benefit of those who cannot participate physically, the event will be live streamed on social media platforms.
The Walk of Life is a marathon walk that seeks to raise awareness on the importance of life and how it should not be destroyed by road accidents, through drunken driving, over speeding, poor maintenance of vehicles and other forms of negligence on the part of drivers or vehicle owners.