The government has escalated measures to prevent road accidents and has also adopted the Zimbabwe National Diamond Policy to regularise diamond mining in the country.

These were some of the resolutions arrived at during today’s cabinet meeting.

Briefing the media after the meeting, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo said public transport vehicles will not be allowed to travel during the night as a way of averting potential road accidents.

The Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Nqobizitha Ndlovu said loss of lives on the country’s roads has become unprecedented in the past few months and the government has resolved to institute regulatory measures and social safety nets to deal with this scourge.

The adopted Zimbabwe National Diamond Policy will see four companies getting the mandate to mine diamonds in the country.

Various 100 day priority projects were also adopted including the segmentation of the Harare – Masvingo – Beitbridge highway to expand the road to fast track the dualisation programme.

Minister Ndlovu also announced that Zimbabwe has enough stocks of wheat to sustain the country barring any fears of bread shortages after one big milling company threatened to cease operations.

He also said the government has held talks with doctors who embarked on a strike a few days ago and agreed that they will immediately go back to work.

Govt escalates road safety awareness campaigns

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development will embark on countrywide road safety campaigns ahead of the festive season in a bid to reduce road carnage.

November was a dark month as several road traffic accidents afflicted the nation resulting in loss of human capital.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Cde Joel Biggie Matiza said road accidents can be reduced if all were to follow road safety regulations.

“We have had the dark hours in terms of road accidents in November. Now going forward, we will institute a countrywide road safety awareness campaign during this forthcoming festive season and work closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs to come up with ways to reduce road accidents during the festive season. Police officers will be on the roads with the Vehicle Inspection Department to inspect vehicles,” said Minister Matiza.

Last year, 146 accidents were recorded during the festive season alone.