Zimbabwe’s Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday escaped unhurt after being involved in a road accident along Hebert Chitepo Avenue in Harare near the US Embassy. The minister was reportedly driving alone when a minibus crashed into his Mercedes Benz. He reportedly escaped unhurt.
Government officials have historically been involved in road accidents, some of which have been fatal.
Below is a timeline of the accidents.
Outspoken Guruve South MP Edward Chindori-Chininga was in June 2013 involved in a road accident that claimed his life.
General Josiah Magama Tongogara (1979) — Zanla Commander. Died in Mozambique on the eve of independence on December 26, 1979 in a mysterious car accident and was reburied in Zimbabwe on August 11, 1981.
William Ndangana (1989) —Senior Zanu PF member — died near Nyazura in a suspicious car accident on June 27, 1989.
Sydney Malunga (1994) — Outspoken Member of Parliament for Bulawayo’s Mpopoma constituency died on August 28, 1994 in a car accident as he tried to avoid hitting “a black dog”.
Christopher Ushewokunze (1994) — A prolific lawyer, economist and Zanu PF government minister was killed in a car crash on January 17, 1994 near Suri Suri in Chegutu.
Witness Rukarwa (1995) — Mashonaland West governor died in a mysterious car crash in 1995. His death was linked to feuding
within Zanu PF.
Zororo Duri (1996) — He was told not to contest for the chairmanship of Zanu PF Manicaland province against Kumbirai Kangai, but he went ahead and won.
He was appointed ambassador to Cuba, but was killed at the very same spot where Ndangana crashed near Rusape along Mutare-Harare road.
Moven Mahachi (2001) —Then Defence minister and Zanu PF political commissar. He died in a mysterious road accident on May 26, 2001 in Nyanga.
Border Gezi (2001) — Zanu PF political commissar, government minister and MP for Bindura died in a car accident on April 28, 2001, along the Harare-Masvingo Highway.
Brigadier General Paul Armstrong Gunda (2007) — The State claimed he died in a rail-road accident near Watershed College in Marondera.
His wife disputes the facts.
Elliot Manyika (2008) — Zanu PF political commissar. Died on December 6, 2008 at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo due to injuries sustained in a road accident along Zvishavane-Mbalabala road.
Details of the accident have not yet been made public. The family suspects foul play.
General Solomon Mujuru (2011) — First post-Independence Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Armed Forces and husband of Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
Died in a house fire which destroyed his farmhouse near Beatrice.
Cause of fire and circumstances surrounding his death have been contested by family members.