AN OFFICER with the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) died Sunday afternoon while over 20 of his colleagues were injured when the army truck they were travelling in was involved in an accident about 50km from Kariba.
Although details were still sketchy at the time of publishing, the driver lost control of the truck which veered off the road and landed by its side in the woods.
At least three of soldiers were seriously injured while the others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
According to Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Mr. Nick Mangwana, the army truck was on duty managing the national lockdown, and it was heading to Harare
Mangwana said the injured were rushed to Kariba District Hospital where they are being attended to.
An army truck involved in managing the #lockdownzim was involved in a fatal crush about 49km from Kariba on its way to Harare.
“One soldier lost his life while 24 others were injured. The injured were rushed to Kariba District Hospital. Condolences to the family of the deceased,” Mangwana said.
The accident which occurred near the 49km peg along the Kariba-Makuti Road around 1.30pm.
Sources revealed that the soldiers were being transported back to their various bases, some as far as Harare, after having completed their lockdown shifts in Kariba.
This is the second major road traffic accident recorded in as many days during the lockdown period.
On Friday, a senior security aide to First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa died in a road accident near Muzarabani, while three of his colleagues were injured while accompanying the First Lady to hand over goods and foodstuffs to vulnerable members of society near the Mozambican border.
Zimbabwe today entered the second week of a two-week lockdown extension announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Sunday, with 31 cases of coronavirus deaths having been recorded to date.
The cases include four deaths and two recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care daily updates>chaosafrica