Road accidents in Tanzania decreased by 26 percent in nine months from July 2019 to March 2020, a cabinet minister told parliament on Thursday.

George Simbachawene, the Minister for Home Affairs, said 1,920 road accidents were recorded from July 2019 to March 2020 compared to 2,593 accidents reported from July 2018 to March 2019.

“This means there was a decrease of 673 accidents which was equivalent to a reduction of 26 percent,” he told the House in Dodoma when he tabled his ministry’s budget proposals for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Simbachawene said 1,084 people were killed in the accidents from July 2019 to March 2020 compared to 1,216 deaths recorded from July 2018 to March 2019 which was a decrease of 11 percent.

He added that 2,639 people were injured in accidents from July 2018 to March 2019 compared to 2,129 injuries recorded from July 2019 to March 2020, a decrease of 19.3 percent.

“The reduction in road accidents was a result of strategies put in place by the police to minimize the ghastly accidents,” he told the House. Enditem

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