Traditional leaders in Chipinge are calling for the deepening of corporate social responsibility programmes in the face of increased road accidents to assist not only the bereaved families but also those who become injured and disabled in such tragedies.

Road accidents have been on the increase with the Checheche accident that claimed nine people in Chipinge being among the tragedies that befell the country recently.

Chief Garahwa expressed gratitude on the interventions his community received following the accident but called for a broader approach in helping accident victims including those injured.

“We are happy with the assistance to bury the victims of the Checheche road accident but we feel such assistance should also be extended to the injured, some of whom become crippled in the process. Some will not be able to work again after being disabled. So there is need for companies and individuals to broaden the scope of the help to make it more sustainable,” he said.

Meanwhile, Green Fuel pledged to assist with the burial of all the nine accident victims while ARDA pledged 25 bags of maize each to the nine families to cushion them in the aftermath of the tragic accident.

There is a sense of regret by many who believe the Chipinge road accident could have been avoided had the road been surfaced.

Villagers are also appealing for local companies to assist in tar surfacing and rehabilitation of the roads.