By Mutsa Makuvaza
AT a time authorities have been warning the public not to wade across or drive through flooded rivers, a motorist this week drove his protesting family across a flooded river and recorded himself on video, saying nothing could happen to them.
The video, which has since gone viral, has angered many Zimbabweans at a time at least three people died after their Toyota Hilux was swept off as they drove across a flooded Gweru River on Sunday.
In the video which we share below, the couple’s kid protests as the father drives across Munyati River from Kadoma to Empress Mine in Zhombe, Chief Samambwa area.
Munyati River, which divided Mashonaland West from Midlands Province at the point where the couple crossed, has a history of sweeping away motor vehicles.
As they drive through the flooded river, the road surface is barely visible but the man boasts in the video that nothing could befall them. The bridge is about 60m long and there is a rocky outcrop right beneath the bridge.
Reacting to the shocking recklessness by the unidentified motorist, some Zimbabweans have called for his arrest on charges of negligence.
Watch the video below:
Meanwhile, as the number of people who have drowned across the country since the start of the rainy season continued to rise, the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works has urged people not to cross flooded rivers as they risk drowning.
In a statement, Acting Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Jenfan Muswere said as the rains continue, people must be cautious. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺