Accident involving ZANU PF MP claims one life

ZANU PF’s outspoken MP for Guruve South, Edward Chindori-Chininga, was admitted to the West End clinic on Thursday after being involved in a car accident in which a woman died. Chininga was said to be trapped in the car for a considerable amount of time while other injured victims were taken to hospital.

Chindori's damaged car
Chindori’s damaged car

According to police the accident involved Chininga’s Mercedes Benz and a Nissan pick-up truck, near the 5km peg along the Mazowe-Centenary Road around 10am. The MP, who was fired from the constitution making exercise last year for allegedly leaking secrets to the MDC-T, was said to be alone in his car.

Chininga’s condition has been difficult to ascertain, with some reports saying he is ‘critical’ while others say he is ‘stable’. The other injured victims were taken to Concession Hospital and are reported to be in a stable condition. The body of the woman killed in the accident has been taken to Concession Hospital mortuary.

According to the National Traffic police spokesperson, Inspector Tigere Chigome, the driver of the pick-up truck tried to overtake a commuter omnibus and the kombi driver accelerated resulting in the collision. “The commuter omnibus driver sped off after the accident” Chigome said.

Last year ZANU PF expelled Chininga from the constitution making committee (COPAC) on allegations that he leaked secret documents to the MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The MP took to facebook and launched an astonishing attack on Didymus Mutasa, the party’s Secretary for Administration.

Given Zimbabwe’s history of dubious car accidents, speculation was rife amongst many that Chininga might have been the target of an assassination. Dozens of prominent individuals like Border Gezi, Moven Mahachi, Peter Pamire, Susan Tsvangirai, Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya have all died in debatable circumstances.

Meanwhile the MDC-T has issued a statement mourning the death of Senator Ennah Chitsa, the party’s National Women’s Assembly vice chairperson. Senator Chitsa who was 66 died at her Luveve home in the early hours of Friday. The veteran politician had high blood pressure and was also diabetic. SW Radio Africa

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