Auxillia Mnangagwa Motorcade Accident, More Details Emerge
25 February 2022
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By- The driver of the first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s motorcade, which was involved in an accident in Nyanga, was speeding, witnesses have said.

Four staff members from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) perished, with two others sustaining injuries in the accident.

The accident occurred on the 38km peg along the Nyanga-Ruwangwe Road early Thursday.

The group was part of a team delivering goods for the elderly in Ruwangwe community under First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s Community Assistance and Empowerment Programme when their truck overturned.

Amai Mnangagwa, who was scheduled to interact with the elderly and other vulnerable groups in Ruwangwe yesterday, was still in Nyanga Town at the time of the accident.
The accident scene is in the region of the Nyanga bus disaster in an area which is commonly known as “Corner raAmon”.
The Nyanga bus disaster occurred on August 3, 1991 and is Zimbabwe’s worst traffic accident after 89 people died that comprised the driver and 82 schoolchildren.
Yesterday, the Office of the President and Cabinet sent condolence messages to the families of the bereaved and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“The office wishes to express its deepest, heartfelt condolences to families of the deceased who are being reached over the accident.
“In the same vein, the office wishes the two injured speedy recovery,” said the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda in a statement.
A witness who declined to be named, said the driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve.
“I was waiting for transport at a bus station when I saw this truck passing.
“The driver was speeding and this made it difficult for him to negotiate the sharp curves in this area,” he said.
One of the people who arrived at the crash site early, Mrs Sarah Mukwekwe, said she was awakened by a loud bang.
“I live near the Tangwena turn off and I heard a bang. When I went outside the house to investigate, I saw the lorry meandering before hitting a trailer of a commuter omnibus which was travelling in the opposite direction. It then overturned. This is an accident zone and every week or after every two weeks an accident occurs here.
“Last week one man died while he was cycling and got hit buy a driver who failed to negotiate a curve. We humbly plead with the authorities to install barricades,” she said.
Mrs Regina Mautsa said she was alerted of the accident by her children who were preparing for school.
“When we arrived at the accident scene, people were trying to remove one person who was crying out for help underneath the truck. We then brought a tractor which pulled the truck and managed to rescue him before he was rushed to hospital,” she said.
Mr Lovemore Mhandu said he was about 40 metres from the crash site when tragedy struck.

“When I arrived, the vehicle had overturned and we sought to ways to assist the people. Unfortunately, four had already died. We later rescheduled the one who was crying under the vehicle.
“He was in a stable condition though he was in a state of shock calling out the names of his colleagues who had died. Personally, I urge drivers to exercise caution because there are sharp curves and if one is speeding, surely there will be consequences,” he said.
Mrs Felistus Matsiwira said; “My son told me that smoke was billowing and a truck had fallen, prompting me to run to the scene. When I went with another villager to investigate, I saw someone rolling in the thorns and was about to get into the river and we rushed to assist him.
“He was alive, but seriously injured. We are not sure if he jumped from the moving truck or he was thrown out by impact. Had we not seen him, he might have drowned. We then put him into a car together with the one who was trapped and was rushed to Regina Coeli Mission hospital.”
Mr Masimba Fombe from Mukwekwe Village gave his own version of events.
“I was at the turn-off and a kombi had stopped on its way from Nyamaropa. I just saw the truck descending the slope at high speed and hit the trailer of the kombi before meandering and over turned,” he said.
Police Superintendent Crispen Makavanga urged motorists to exercise caution.
“Around 0600hrs we received information that there was a tragic accident that occurred along Nyanga-Ruwangwe Road. We reacted and arrived on the scene where we discovered that a 7-tonne truck had overturned.
“We managed to retrieve four bodies. Two were alive and were sent to Regina Hospital. As ZRP we urge motorists to exercise caution at all times. This stretch has sharp curves and drivers should exercise extreme caution,” he said.
Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Nokhuthula Matsikenyere fought off tears as she expressed grief over the accident.
“As Manicaland, we were excited that our mother had come to spend time with us because when the First Lady comes, we are always happy as she comes to teach us and give us whatever she would have brought for her children. We were expecting this to be a day of happiness.
“This accident pained us. We have lost four children. We know this area is an accident zone but we were not expecting this. We send condolences to the bereaved families,” she said. Herald