President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to honour Sirizani Butau, the much-trending brave truck driver who risked his own life to save eight passengers of a bus that had just been involved in a horrific collision with a fuel tanker outside Mutare Friday.
The bus was carrying 71 people who included the driver and conductor.
All the bus passengers except for three – and two in the fuel tanker – survived the crash although several were hospitalised for injuries.
But as the sad news of the crash filtered through, right into Christmas Saturday, Butau’s name continuously popped up, as it turned out the selfless Kadoma trucker pulled out 8 people from the burning Beta bus.
His heroics came at a personal cost as he was left with burns on his own body.
In a post on his official Twitter handle Sunday, Mnangagwa promised to reward Butau with some undisclosed piece of honour.
“Let me take this opportunity to appreciate Sirizani Butau who saved people from the Mutare Accident. As government we will honour him for his selfless sacrifice,” Mnangagwa said.
Let me take this opportunity to appreciate Sirizani Butau who saved people from the Mutare Accident .As government we will honour him for his selfless sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/bb2qU6NvWOHORIZONTAL
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) December 26, 2021
For his heroics, Butau has already had a feel of national compassion with concerned citizens launching an online action to organise some finances to both thank and reward him for his personal losses.