Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
Nine people died whilst 75 others were injured in 127 separate road accidents over the Easter Holiday.
The number of fatalities is almost 50 percent increase from the same period last year where five people died from 96 accidents when the country introduced its first lockdown measures.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi attributed the unfortunate incidences to negligence.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is urging members of the public to observe all Covid-19 protocols laid down by government as most private motorists continue to disregard such.
“Last year, the country recorded only five deaths owing to the total lockdown but due to the eased lockdown this year most drivers are losing sense on the roads.
“We warn private motorists against carrying maximum passengers without regards to social distancing,” said Ass Com Nyathi.
The police chief said speeding and unnecessary overtaking have caused most of the accidents this year.
He said the motoring public must continue to observe road rules and regulations before ensuring that the vehicle is roadworthy to carry any passengers.
Covid-19 regulations as announced by President Mnangagwa have it that that social gatherings for churches, weddings and funeral remain pegged at 50 people.
Wearing of masks is still mandatory whilst the curfew order remains from 10pm to 5:30am.