The Marondera Municipality has come under fire for inept performance after failing to put measures to stop accidents that have frequently occurred at the intersection of Pine Street and the Harare-Mutare highway.

Most accidents are avoidable as their major cause is usually human error, but the Marondera Municipality has been found wanting as they have helplessly watched as the intersection on the Harare-Mutare highway and Pine Street has become a black spot.

All that is needed to reduce the carnage is for the council to put pedestrian crossing markings.

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) Managing Director Mr Obio Chinyere who toured the black spot after a donation of medical supplies and ambulance tyres to Mahusekwa Hospital said it is worrying that when the traffic light was installed there was no provision for pedestrian crossing point resulting in people being knocked down.

“We are going to engage the Marondera Municipality to install pedestrian crossing points at this intersection because we can’t continue losing lives,” he said.

Director in the Mashonaland East Minister of State’s office Mr Muchemwa Mugwisi appealed to the TSCZ to set up a provincial office in Mashonaland East to promote road safety.

“We are appealing to your organisation to come and set up provincial offices in Marondera to promote road safety and also in the interest of devolution,” he said.

In the past two months, two pedestrians were killed after being knocked down by vehicles while trying to cross at the intersection which has become a black spot while several others were injured.