PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has sent a condolence message to Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Dr Rehema Nchimbi, following a grisly road accident which occurred on Wednesday at Pandambili, in Kongwa district, claiming the lives of 18 people and injuring 56 others.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication noted that out of the 56 who were injured, 30 were admitted while the rest were treated and discharged.
President Kikwete has appealed to Dr Nchimbi to convey his message of condolence to family members and relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the road accident.
"Convey my heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the road accident and wish quick recovery to all those who sustained injuries so they can get back to their daily activities," the statement read in part.
"It is very sad to lose people in such road accidents...I call on all drivers and those using vehicles to be careful when on the road," he added.
He said every driver had the responsibility to protect their life and that of others by driving with care while on the road because such accidents hindered national development.
The president directed security organs to take stern measures against reckless drivers at all times. Reports note that the accident occurred after a lorry and a bus collided head-on, killing 17 people on the spot, while a child died later in hospital.
Dodoma Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr David Misime, said the accident involved a Morobest Bus with registration number T258 AHV and a lorry with registration numbers T 820 CKU / T390 CKT, which was heading to Dodoma from Dar es Salaam.
Meanwhile, ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO reports from Dodoma that all the eighteen people who died in the road accident at Pandambili have been identified and their bodies collected by relatives for burial.
Dodoma RPC Mr David Misime said here yesterday that all the accident casualties at Kongwa District Hospitals had been discharged while 32 were still hospitalised at the Regional Referral Hospital in Dodoma municipality.
"All the 32 casualties in the hospital are in stable condition, except the Mpapwa District Medical Officer, Mr George Mjelwa (40), and his wife, Ms Getrudar Kombe (37), who is a pharmacist at Kondoa District Hospital. The couple are in the intensive care unit...," he said.
He named the identified bodies which had been taken by relatives for burial as including that of Christina Dickson (35), a farmer and resident of Mpwapwa, and Omari Mkubwa (32), who was the bus conductor and a resident of Morogoro. Others are Malick Masawe (42), a businessman and a resident of Mpwapwa; Wilson Paul (63), a retired staff of the Red Cross and a resident of Mpwapwa, and Said Lusogo (44), who was the bus driver and a resident of Kihonda in Morogoro.
Also on the list are Gabriel Meja (50), resident of Mpwapwa; Gilbert Lemanya (53), the lorry driver and a resident of Makole in Dodoma; Mikidadi Zuberi (22), the lorry's conductor and a resident of Morogoro.
Others are Justine Makasi (24), a farmer from Mpwapwa; Alice Masingisa (24), a resident of Mpwapwa; Merina Doto of Mji Mpya in Dodoma; Nasibu Seif (48), a resident of Morogoro, and Nicholaus Raymond Kileo (51), a resident of Mpwapwa.
Yet others are Stella Mdako (60), a resident of Mpwapwa; Erick Lucas (10), a resident of Morogoro; Nazaret Deremsi (45), a businessperson and a resident of Kibakwe in Mpwapwa; Darini Dickson (2), a resident of Mpwapwa, and Magreth Nyanzi (35), a businessperson and a resident of Mwananyamala in Dar es Salaam.