President Robert Mugabe’s motorcade has been involved in yet another fatal road accident, his third in two weeks.
The New Zimbabwe website reported that one of Mugabe’s official vehicles smashed into a ‘kombi’, a minibus, killing one male passenger on impact and injuring 15 others, including two police officers.
The accident occurred as the 88-year-old dictator was being driven in a convoy to the country’s capital Harare from his hometown of Zvimba, the Daily Mail reported.
According to local reports, a police led vehicle had gone ahead to clear traffic for Mugabe’s fast-approaching convoy when it rammed into a commuter minibus carrying 22 passengers.
The reports say Mugabe’s motorcade was rushing to get the president to the international airport in time to make his scheduled flight to Brazil; however, police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena claims the fault lies with the kombi driver who did not heed the flashing blue lights of the police vehicle.
“A vehicle travelling in the opposite direction pulled to the side of the road, and unfortunately the kombi driver took the decision to overtake that vehicle and smashed into the police car,” the spokesman said.
Mugabe’s motorcade has been involved in two previous accidents that have resulted in two deaths in the past two weeks.
One of the tyrant’s outrider motorbikes knocked down a homeless man as the motorcade, said to be one of the longest in Africa, was rushing the president to a funeral.
According to local newspapers, the pedestrian’s roadside death did not deter Mugabe from getting to the funeral taking place at his hometown of Zvimba.
Mugabe’s deadly motorcade includes a luxury Mercedes limousine, which the dictator cruises in, as well as Land Cruisers, security vehicles conveying armed soldiers, motorcycles and a standby ambulance – meant for Mugabe, not for passers-by that may be killed or maimed in the course of his travels.