Zimbabwe President’s close security aides battling for their lives after deadly car crash

Fighting for his life ... Mnangagwa visits one of Auxillia Mnangagwa's security aides at West End hospital

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday visited three Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents critically injured after their vehicle overturned in Muzarabani as they drove behind first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.

Yesterday, The Zimbabwe Mail  here made the breaking news with details of the fatal car accident of the Mrs Mnangagwa’s convoy of cars.

One CIO agent was killed after their vehicle overturned in a bendy section of the Centenary-Muzarabani road near the Mavhuradonha Mountain Range on Friday.

The first lady, who was unhurt, was on her way to Muzarabani where she was due to hand out food parcels to families hard hit by the 35-day coronavirus lockdown imposed by the government.

Mnangagwa spoke to one of the security agents who was not on life support during a visit to the West End Hospital in Harare, wishing them a speedy recovery.

Initial reports suggested the driver of their vehicle, a Toyota Hilux, was avoiding slamming into the first lady’s vehicle which slowed down directly in front of them, forcing him to leave the road. The vehicle overturned and rolled down a sharp embankment before coming to a stop against a tree.

Through the pain … One of Auxillia Mnangagwa’s security aides speaks to Mnangagwa from a hospital bed at the West End Hospital

The fatal accident has raised questions over whether the first lady should have been going to Muzarabani, in apparent breach of lockdown regulations which state that only people providing “essential services” are allowed free movement.

Mrs Mnangagwa appears to be exploiting an unofficial role as “health ambassador”, which she was given by embattled health minister Obadiah Moyo, to break the lockdown rules.

She travels with a dedicated team from the state broadcaster, ZBC, and the Herald newspaper – but both outlets did not report the fatal crash on Friday.