By ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe Police has dismissed as false, social media postings insinuating that First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa’s convoy was involved in an accident on Thursday morning.
Police have clarified that reports of the accident which were awash on social media actually involved Zvishavane-Ngezi legislator Mawite Dumezweni in Kwekwe and not the First Lady’s entourage as alleged by social media.
ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi shed details on the accident.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that on 21st May 2020 at 0700hours the member of Parliament for Zvishavane-Ngezi, Mawite Dumezweni was driving a Fiat Twin Cab, registration
Number AEV 4911 due south along the Harare-Bulawayo Road towards Gweru.”
“On approaching the 210km peg, the vehicle hit a seven-year-old minor who was crossing the road from the western direction to the east while pushing a toy. The girl sustained serious head injuries and was initially taken to Kwekwe General Hospital and later transferred to Gweru General Hospital. The vehicle was towed to Gweru Vehicle Examination Deport for examination.”
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said the First Lady’s convoy only stopped at the accident scene to assist.
“The convoy only passed through the scene after the road traffic accident had already taken place with the First Lady offering assistance and sympathy to the victim. Her convoy was not involved in the road traffic accident at all.”
ZBC News followed up the issue with Honourable Dumezweni who confirmed that indeed he was the one involved in the accident and that the First Lady’s convoy only stopped to assist the injured child.
“Indeed, I was involved in an accident on Thursday on my way from Harare to Zvishavane. The motorcade stopped to render assistance to the injured child who lay on the tarmac. This was within minutes of the accident having occurred.”
“The First Lady’s security personnel helped me to put the child in the car and ferry her to the hospital.”
Honourable Dumuzweni extended his apologies to the First Lady following the unwarranted attack on her personality.
“I actually wish to thank her for stopping her convoy and facilitating that the child be taken to the hospital. When she stopped she was not aware that it was a Member of Parliament who had been involved in an accident. As a mother, she was pained to see an injured child lying on the road hence the assistance.”
He said that the First Lady instructed one of her vehicles to block the road to avoid other cars from running over the injured child.
Information also made available to ZBC News reveals that despite the seriousness of the accident some police officers who were manning a checkpoint a few meters from the scene failed to act despite the risk of the child being run over by heavy vehicles.
Today (Friday) Honoroubale Dumezweni traveled to Bulawayo to visit the child who is now admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Mpilo Hospital.
He met with the guardians of the child and apologised for the fate that landed their child in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned media that peddles falsehoods before seeking clarity.