By Tichaona Sibanda
6 November 2012
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’ spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, has regained consciousness and doctors believe his life is not in danger any more. He was seriously injured in a car crash on Sunday, when his 4×4 Toyota Prado overturned and rolled three times, in Domboshawa.
He was travelling with his two brothers, Ngonidzashe and Kelvin, and two uncles, Milton and Cleopas. All the passengers escaped with minor injuries. Prime Minister Tsvangirai, on honeymoon with his wife in London, is being kept updated by officials in his office.
Kudakwashe Matibiri, a close friend of Tamborinyoka’s, confirmed he had regained consciousness but said he is still unable to speak.
‘He can smile, respond to commands and move his limbs, especially the legs,’ Matibiri said.
After the accident, Tamborinyoka was treated at Makumbe mission hospital in Domboshawa before being taken to the Avenues clinic in Harare. Initially doctors had described his injuries as life-threatening but his condition is now understood to have improved.
‘Since Luke’s arrival at the hospital Sunday he has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the country’s major trauma centre. He is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing.
‘The doctors will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The priority now at this time is Luke and his family,’ Matibiri added.
Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us information from the Avenues points to Tamborinyoka making a full recovery, though after extensive rehabilitation.
‘What we hear is that Luke will obviously take months to fully recover and in the interim, the Prime Minister’s office is expected to appoint someone on a caretaker basis to be spokesman,’ Muchemwa said.