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EASTER Disaster: Thirty-Five worshippers die in Eastern Zimbabwe bus crash on Good Friday

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Thirty-five worshippers traveling to an Easter pilgrimage in the mountainous Eastern Zimbabwe region, have died after the bus conveying them veered off the road and plunged into a ditch in the early hours of Friday.

The bus which was said to have been overloaded with 106 passengers veered off the winding road near Chimanimani and hurtled into a deep ravine, a police report said.

The crash happened near the Chipinge District of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Manicaland province, state broadcaster ZBC also reported.

“The bus was carrying members of the Zion Christian Church, a local denomination known for holding regular pilgrimages attended by thousands of people,” ZBC added.

“I can confirm an accident which occurred last night. So far, the death toll is 35 and the number of injured is 71,” police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.

“Indications suggest that the bus was overloaded. As church people, they should lead by example but instead they were travelling at night which we always discourage,” Nyathi said.

Zimbabwean roads are particularly busy during the Easter period which is a major holiday in the largely Christian country as people embark on hazardous trips in dilapidated buses and trucks to gather for days.

Accidents are frequent in the Southern African country where some drivers overload their vehicles and exceed the speed limit, while the poor condition of Zimbabwe’s roads has also been blamed for contributing to crashes.

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Nigeria won’t bleed to death under my watch— Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has once again assured that Nigeria won’t “bleed to death” under his watch as he will do everything to make sure the country comes out of its present economic crisis.

Tinubu, who gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Yoruba Leaders of Thought at the State House in Abuja on Friday, emphasised that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

The Nigerian President also emphasised the need for a more effective local government system that promotes community development and delivers essential governance within a robust federal framework, warning that the local government administration was must not be suffocated so that effective governance can be felt at the grassroots.

Tinubu admitted that the past 12 months had been fulfilling for his administration despite the presence of some challenges that were being addressed frontally.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President noted said;

“Yes, it has been challenging; it has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we stopped the bleeding.

“I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity.

“That is the promise that I made to you all, and it is also the charge that you gave to me.

“We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.

“I thank the team that has been working hard. All I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined, and we will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance.

“My administration would ensure Nigeria gets value for every kobo spent. My government will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity to future generations,” he emphasized.

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Chief Mnukwa says history of libel suits by govt officials scares citizens from freely expressing themselves

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Chief Mnukwa of the Ngoni people says individuals are afraid to speak out on matters involving government officials due to a history of lawsuits against those who have voiced their opinions.

Mnukwa noted that individuals in government positions command a level of respect that discourages citizens from freely expressing their opinions.

In an interview with Zambia Monitor in Eastern Province, the traditional ruler claimed that some individuals in power exploit citizens.

“We have been observing in government circles, whoever says something about someone, they sue, they take you to court,” he pointed out.

He added that this practice prevented many people in rural communities from voicing their grievances.

“He may want to say something, but he will think twice, ‘I may be sued and what do I have,” Mnukwa stated.

He urged that this element of fear must be eradicated from people’s minds.

Mnukwa further added that abolishing the law of defamation must be prioritised so that people can freely oppose the government.

“We need to open up on those, to give the people the freedom to comment on government issues and any public figure’s actions,” he encouraged.

He further urged government officials to step up and fight for media freedoms, freedom of expression and digital rights on behalf of the Zambian people.

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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