Illegal pirate taxis locally known as Zvipipipi are still transporting passengers despite a government ban

Police face trouble identifying victims of Masvingo road accident… as pirate taxis return

IT might take a little bit longer to identify all the victims of the Masvingo-Zvishavane hghway accident which claimed 20 lives. Police say some of the victims were traveling witthout identity documents, making their identification difficult.

ZRP spokesperson Paul Nyathi spoke about the challenges. He urged people to always travel with their identification particulars.

“We urge members of the public to travel with their identification particulars. The identification of victims of the Masvingo-Zvishavane accident is taking longer as some of the victims had no ID’s on them,” said Nyathi.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Felix Mhona has sent his condolences to the families of the victims. “We are deeply saddened by this accident that claimed the lives of 21 people along the Masvingo-Zvishavane highway yesterday (Monday). Our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their beloved ones in this tragic accident,” said Mhona.

Yesterday, top police officers from the province visited the crash scene near Mhandamabwe. The accident involved a pirate Toyota Wish and a Granvia which was loaded with elderly people reportedly on a funeral trip. Witnesses who spoke at the crime scene said the Toyota Wish was notorious for overspeed on the pothole-riddle highway. The pirate taxis are also accused of colluding with “dirty cops” to continue operating despite the nationwide ban on intercity travel.

In related developments, illegal pirate taxis are still transporting passengers despite a government ban, according to Hevoi FM, a Masvingo-based community radio.

“Masvingo residents say government must increase Zupco buses or allow other private players to operate'” said Hevoi FM.

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