MDC Mourns Unki Mine Workers

A Press Release from Honourable Lilian Timveos,
Senator for the Midlands Province, Shadow Minister and MDC Spokesperson for Home Affairs
On behalf of the Movement for Democratic Change and in my capacity as Senator for the Midlands Province, I would like to express shock and sorrow over the death of four workers from Anglo Platinum’s Unki Mine in Shurugwi in a bus accident on Sunday 23 February 2014.
According to the Police, many others were seriously injured and were hospitalized. We wish them a speedy recovery.
It is sad for the Midlands community and the nation at large that we have lost not only dedicated workers, but also breadwinners and useful citizens. Our deepest sympathies go to their families.
As a party and a nation, we are horrified by the number of accidents that continue to take the lives of our people. We call upon the government to do everything in its power to ensure that these accidents do not happen.
In particular, we call upon the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Vehicle Inspection Department to carry out proper investigations into the causes of accidents, instead of just blaming drivers on the basis of eyewitness accounts without evidence. Thorough investigations will help the nation to find lasting solutions to the road carnage that has brought so much sorrow to our nation.
We also urge Unki Mine to speed up the construction of houses near the mine site. This, we believe, will eliminate the need for workers to travel long distances to and from work, putting their lives at risk.
As a workers’ party, we urge all workers in Zimbabwe to remain united, focussed and vigilant at this time of our sad loss.
For more information, contact Senator Lilian Timveos: ; Mobile 263 779 701 082


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