Zimbabwe: Bloody Start to Easter and Independence Holidays

This year's Easter and Independence holidays, kicked off on a bloody note with 17 people already having lost their lives inside two days according to police.

With four people having perished in Honde Valley on Sunday, police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed 13 Mugodhi Apostolic Church Easter pilgrims, died on the spot on the same day when the driver of a truck lost control and ploughed into members waiting for transport along the Wedza- Marondera road.

An unknown number of the congregants were injured and have been referred to Marondera Hospital for treatment.

According to witnesses, a large congregation of worshipers from across the country, gathered last week for prayers at the Mutiweshiri shrine ahead of this week's Easter holiday.

On Sunday morning when they were preparing to leave for home, a truck driving past lost control and rammed into them initially leaving 10 people dead.

Assistant Commissioner Nyathi confirmed the death toll had risen to 13 from the initial 10.

"I can confirm the accident, which occurred at Mutiweshiri at the 25km peg along the Wedza-Marondera road," Nyathi said.

In an earlier interview, Mashonaland East police spokesperson, Inspector Tendai Mwanza said the police were facing challenges in getting details about the accident.

"We are having challenges in getting full details as it is trickling in," Mwanza said before referring the matter to Nyathi.

The truck was reportedly carrying bags of maize.

There are usually movements of large numbers of people visiting families and attending Christian Easter festivals during this time of the year and authorities continue to urge caution on the roads.

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