Zim’s Biti stable after crash

2010-03-24 10:49

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson James Maridadi said

Minister Tendai Biti’s vehicle was side-swiped by a haulage truck carrying about

30?tons of chrome, made to spin to face where it was coming from and was dragged

in reverse for about 40m before landing in a ditch.

The minister who was quickly taken to Chegutu Hospital was later

transferred to a hospital in Harare but was in a stable condition, said


The accident happened at around 8pm last night. Minister Biti was

travelling towards Harare and was about 100km away.

“I have spoken to the minister and he says he is fine. I am,

however, coming from the scene of the accident and I can tell you the minister’s

car is a total wreck. I have no idea at the moment if the minister had any

passengers in the vehicle,” Maridadi said.

Biti’s MDC party said they would launch their private

investigations into the accident.

Police National spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Wayne

Bvudzijena said: “We are still carrying out our investigations as to the cause

of the accident but it appears the haulage truck side-swiped the minister’s car

and it was extensively damaged.”

The accident comes barely a week after Police Commissioner-General

Augustine Chihuri made a thinly veiled threat against Biti over his alleged

deliberate sabotage of certain government ministries and departments led by

Zanu-PF ministers.

Chihuri warned: “Don’t feed only one child while others are dying,

but I am glad that the government wants to give funds to police, but there are

some individuals who are against the idea. I am, however, not in a position to

reveal names, but let it be known that we are watching.”

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