Tuesday, 25 November 2008

When would bus drivers ever learn?

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By The Editor

Negligence on the road by irresponsible drivers has once again resulted into loss of human lives in the country - very sad indeed. Twenty-two people were killed and 50 others injured in the latest spate of road accidents in this country, this time involving two buses - Zuberi and Saibaba - in Singida and Dodoma regions respectively.

Going by records, the two buses ring a bell as they have been involved in fatal accidents before, raising many eyebrows as to their safety records. It remains to be seen what authorities would do this time to take the two bus companies to task. Human life is sacred much as it is precious and should not be tampered with in any way.

According to initial police investigations, the two accidents happened as a result of vehicle defectiveness and sheer negligence. In case of the Singida accident, brake failure on a steep section of the road caused Zuberi, on its way to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam, to veer off the road before plunging into a river, killing 17 people.

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