800 people die every year in road accidents

08Nov 2018
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
800 people die every year in road accidents

MORE than 800 people die every year in road accidents involving motorcycles (bodaboda), the National Assembly heard yesterday

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni made the revelation yesterday when responding to a question posed by Special Seats MP Fakharia Khamis (CCM) who sought to know the number of people who lost their lives over motorcycle accidents.

In the basic question, the MP wanted to know the government plans and measures curb the rising motorcycle accidents in the country.

Responding Masauni said that accidents involving motorcycles and tricycles have caused accidents totaling to 38,237 from 2008 to September, 2018.

According to him, from 2008 to September this year, a total of 8,237 (823 every year) people died in accidents involving motorcycles and 37,521 others lost their body parts.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister directed all police commanders to arrest all drivers of government vehicles who have been violating road safety laws.

The deputy minister issued the directive when responding to a supplementary question from Kaliua MP (CUF) Magdalena Sakaya who wanted to know what measures have been taken against the drivers who have been repeating violating traffic laws.

In her question, Sakaya raised concern on the rise of the wave of road accidents caused by drivers of government vehicles wanting to know what measures the government was taking to fight the vice.

Masauni highlighted that the government will not remain mum on the drivers who fail to adhere to road safety laws.

He wanted all the drivers to be arrested immediately and send them to court to face the law for their offences.

He called upon MPs and ministers to be in the forefront to fight against the challenge by ensuring that their drivers were all the time adhering to the country’s road safety laws.

“Let me direct police commanders countrywide to arrest the drivers who have been recklessly violating road safety laws thus taking lives of people,” he said.