Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka who was involved in an accident early Sunday morning is still in “a terrible state” and on life support at a local private hospital.
Report By Moses Matenga, Staff Reporter
A senior official in the Prime Minister’s office said today: “He is in a terrible state, he can’t even talk. We pray all will be well. He suffered head injuries, lung and ribs.”
Tamborinyoka’s vehicle, a Toyota Prado, reportedly burst one of the rear wheels and rolled three times before landing on its roof, according to MDC-T officials who spoke to NewsDay yesterday. The former MDC-T director of information and publicity was, as of last night, still in the intensive care unit (ICU) where he was reportedly unconscious and doctors said he was in a “critical but stable condition”.
Minister of State in the PM’s Office Jameson Timba confirmed the accident. He said Tamborinyoka had suffered broken ribs, a perforated lung and damaged vein on the left arm, among other injuries.
“Luke had an accident last night on his way to his rural home in Domboshava. He is at the Avenues Clinic and is in a critical but stable condition.”
Kudakwashe Matibiri, a close family friend, said: “He had branched off from the main road to his home when the rear tyre of the Toyota Prado he was driving burst and he lost control of the vehicle. He is still unconscious and has broken ribs. One of the broken ribs is said to have disturbed his lung and that is why he is in the ICU.”
Tamborinyoka, a former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists and news editor of the Daily News, was in the company of his brothers when the accident happened.
His vehicle, which was yesterday towed to the Vehicle Inspection Depot in Harare, was extensively damaged, particularly on the driver’s side.
His boss Tsvangirai was yesterday reported to be in the United Kingdom with his wife, Elizabeth Macheka.