13 illegal immigrants injured in road accident, remanded in hospital

THIRTEEN illegal immigrants from Ethiopia have been detained at their hospital beds in Bulawayo, after they were involved in a road accident that claimed three lives along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway last week.


The Ethiopians were remanded in hospital to December 30, when Bulawayo magistrate Tinashe Tashaya conducted a circuit court at United Bulawayo Hospital over the weekend.


Three people died on the spot and 19 others were seriously injured when a kombi allegedly trafficking 21 Ethiopians to South Africa burst a rear left tyre and overturned near Shangani.

The accident occurred at the 60-kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Harare Highway at around 1am.

The kombi driver, a Zimbabwean, was among the deceased.

Prosecutor Nkathazo Dlodlo told the court that on December 8 this year, the Ethiopians illegally entered the country through Chirundu Border Post and were later arrested following the accident.

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