The inaugural village road safety awareness campaign has been launched in Buhera district, with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development underscoring the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of every road user.

Addressing traditional leaders, government departments and the Buhera community who converged at Buhera Village Primary School, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Mr Munesushe Munodawafa said the launch of the village road safety awareness programme will address the yawning gap of road safety that existed in rural areas.

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) board chairperson Mr Moses Chihuri expressed concern over the alarming increase of road traffic accidents in rural areas with the legislator for Buhera West constituency Cde Oliver Mandipaka saying the training of traditional leaders in road safety education will go a long way in reducing road carnages in rural areas.

Buhera District Administrator Mr Wilson Bore said prevention of road accidents is everybody’s responsibility and that traditional leaders as custodians of traditional values should play a pivotal role.

On average Buhera district record about five accidents per month due mainly to the bad state of the road network, straying animals and human error to a large extent.

The launch of the village safety awareness will buttress the ongoing road traffic awareness campaigns being rolled out by the TSCZ.