By Lance Guma
07 June 2012
A homeless man was fighting for his life on Wednesday after being run over by Robert Mugabe’s motorcade the along Harare-Bulawayo highway near Pamuzinda Hide-Out. According to the Daily News paper this was the first of two separate accidents involving Mugabe’s motorcade on a single trip to his Zvimba rural home.
Mugabe was said to be travelling to the funeral of headman Enock Chipuriro when the speeding bike that leads his motorcade ran over the homeless man who was in the middle of the road. The rest of the motorcade, one of the largest in Africa, reportedly zoomed past the accident scene without stopping to assist the injured.
A witness told the paper: “If that guy is still alive, it is a miracle. The bike ripped through the man’s legs while the bike rider was thrown off. The scene was so ghastly and bloody that one would not take a second glance.” The man and the police rider were later taken to hospital when the ambulances eventually came.
The drama for Mugabe did not stop there. Moments later near Murombedzi Growth Point a land cruiser in his motorcade burst a tyre, injuring his security details. Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba confirmed the incident, telling the Daily News that all the injured security details were rushed to Kutama Hospital.
Meanwhile its not the first time Mugabe’s motorcade has run over a homeless person. SW Radio Africa understands that in 2005 the ZANU PF leader was travelling to Banket to campaign for the impending elections at the time, his motorcade ran over another homeless man who died on the spot.
We also understand the president’s security team immediately searched for the relatives of the deceased man and forced them to bury the body within 24 hours.
Mugabe’s motorcade has been involved in many other accidents. In 2009, one of his outriders collided with a Mazda 323 in Harare. And in January this year a police BMW bike, which was part of his entourage collided with a Toyota Hilux at the intersection of Borrowdale and Whitewell Road in Harare.
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