Mozambique decrees two days of mourning after accident with more than 30 deaths in Maputo – Africa


The Council of Ministers of Mozambique decreed national mourning for two days, starting on Wednesday, for the death of more than 30 people in a road accident in Maputo, announcing the creation of a commission of inquiry for investigation.

“During the national period, the national flag and the presidential pavilion will be hoisted on half a pole,” Government spokesman Filimão Suaze told the media, moments after a session of the Council of Ministers in Maputo.

The measure follows a road accident recorded on Saturday night, involving two trucks and a bus of the Nhancale transport company, which tried to make an irregular overtaking, collided with one of the trucks and overturned, causing the death of at least 32 people. and injuring another 28, of which 12 were severely.

In addition to decreeing national mourning, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique decided to create an independent inquiry commission to investigate the causes of the accident and propose solutions to stop tragedies of this magnitude.

“The Government advises that steps be taken with a view to ascertaining the responsibilities of those involved in this accident and assuming responsibilities towards the families and victims”, declared the spokesperson for the Mozambican Government.

The accident is described by the Ministry of Transport of Mozambique as one of the most serious ever.

“This is the most impressive accident and with the highest level of fatality that we have ever recorded,” said to Lusa, on Sunday, the national director of Transport and Safety, Cláudio Zunguza, at the scene of the accident.

The situation of road accidents in Mozambique is pointed out by several non-governmental organizations as dramatic, with the country occupying the sixth position in the list of countries with the highest accident rate in southern Africa.

On average, at least one thousand people die annually in road accidents on Mozambican roads, according to data provided to Lusa, in May, by the Mozambican Association for Victims of Road Accidents (Amviro).

In 2020, the country recorded the lowest number of road fatalities in the last 10 years (855 deaths), a figure associated with restrictions imposed by covid-19.


Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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