Rusape bus crash: Fugitive killer driver arrested as police name 36 dead victims

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By Staff Reporter

POLICE have arrested the fugitive driver of a Smart Express bus blamed for causing Wednesday’s horrific Rusape road accident which killed 46 people, some of whom have since been named.

There were claims the driver fled the scene apparently in panic and went into hiding.

In a statement Friday, police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the driver, Cosmas Marembo and his conductor were now in custody and assisting police with investigations.

Police initially announced 47 people had lost their lives on the spot before revising the figure to 46 on Thursday.

However, subsequent reports put the death toll at 50 after three more people were said to have succumbed to the accident injuries while in hospital but Charamba insisted nothing had changed yet.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to put it on record that the death toll from the horrific road traffic accident which occurred on 7 November 2018 at the 160km peg along the Harare-Mutare highway still remains at 46.

“We have not received any other deaths from this accident as reported by other sources.

“Of the passengers who were injured in the accident, 52 were initially admitted at Rusape General Hospital. (Of these), 33 were treated and discharged, 14 were transferred to Parirenyatwa hospital, Harare (and) are in a critical condition. One passenger is still admitted at Mutare Provincial Hospital,” the statement said.

Charamba however did not say whether Marembo and his conductor, who remained unnamed, had handed themselves over or had been arrested in their bid to flee.

“In another development, the driver and the conductor who were said to have fled the scene, were located and are now assisting police with investigations,” she said.

Meanwhile, 36 victims of the accident have since been identified.

They are, Handson Mugabe age not given of Rusape, Grace Nyamhuri (28) of Rusape, Molleene Kanyaura (35) of Headlands, Alberick Nyamawanga (1) of Odzi, Nomsa Mangani (34) Harare, Patience Geza (22) of Mutare, Tsitsi Gweja (40) Nyanyadzi and Tafirenyika Nyarumbe (age not given) of Harare.

Also among the dead are Temba Mukaronda (33) of Makoni, Kelvin Fombe (33) Mutare, Gloria Malusi (28) Kadoma, Wish Mhaambirwi (22) Mutare, Daru Artson (26) Rusape, Shamma Takunda Bhunu (8 months) Harare, John Mapika (34) Harare and Francis Mubaiwa (46) Harare.

The road accident also claimed Amos Manyere (52) Odzi, Lovemore Munondo (18) Harare, Tatenda Mushore (9) Harare, Esther Mazvimba (80) Inyati, Anna Kambarami (26) Harare, Tafadzwa Siwiti (19) Rusape, Douglas Chimanga (60) Harare, Shalom Tariro Bhunu (3) Harare, Michael Huta (24) Rusape, and Tavonga Mushore (8) Harare.

The others are Willard Tatenda Makanya (age not given) Rusape, Temba Sorota (39) Mutare, Ali Chiramba (35) Harare, Zodic Chaikanda (27) Harare, Molline Kanyaura (32) Marondera, Enwedy Chawapira (32) Mutare, Nancy Mukwada (age not given) Rusape, Kudakwashe Mupatsi (juvenile) Harare, Simon Juru (50) Harare and Grasten Chipangura (45) Harare.