Saturday, 18 October 2014

ALARM: ‘Accidents cost us Sh3.2tr last year’


Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe. PHOTO|FILE 
By Saumu Mwalimu,The Citizen Reporter

In Summary
  • Transport minister Dr Mwakyembe has raised an alarm over the increasing accidents, which he says cost the nation dearly


Dar es Salaam. The government lost Sh3.2 trillion last year due to road accidents, the Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, has revealed.
The Citizen on Saturday analysis indicates that if this trend continues, the nation will lose an entire one year annual budget in the next three years.

Last year traffic police boss Mohamed Mpinga said a total of 71,406 road accidents had occurred in the three preceding years.
And last month when he released a three-month road accident report for June, July and August, this year Mr Mpinga said the accidents claimed many lives compared to the past years.

He noted that in June, 1,157 accidents killed 320 people, in July 388 people were killed in 1,035 accidents and 390 died in 1,146 accidents in August.
Receiving a report from a special committee formed to collect information on the increasing road accidents yesterday, Dr Mwakyembe said that the money was too much and drastic measures must be taken to address the problem.
“We compiled this report on September 13 when the country had experienced more than four big accidents including one that occurred in Mara Region where many lives were lost. We said  something must be done as soon as possible; but before taking measures let’s find out what is happening on the ground,” said Dr Mwakyembe.
The minister promised that during the first week of November this year, the government would  come up with solutions based on the report’s recommendations.

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