First Lady aides in fatal accident  

©️  FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s security aides were involved in a fatal accident in Mashonaland Central yesterday, the Daily News reports.
The first lady — who was travelling to Muzarabani where she intended to donate foodstuffs and other goods to starving families — was not in the car which rolled and claimed one life, leaving several others seriously injured.
Police said last night that they were yet to receive a report of the accident.
But well-placed sources told the Daily News that the fatal accident had caught everyone by surprise, as the first lady’s security details — who were travelling in a Toyota Hilux behind her — were not speeding.
“They were doing between 20km/hour and 40 km/hour. The gap between their car and the first lady was about five hundred metres.
“When they tried to speed up a little bit to narrow the gap, their car veered off the road. The driver tried to control the car and pull it back onto the road, but it rolled,” one source said.
“All this time, the first lady had come out of her car and was watching the entire tragic development. She is in terrible shock and is devastated.
“She regarded those boys as her children and the accident has left her extremely traumatised and upset,” another source told the Daily News further.
The accident occurred as Zimbabwe is in the middle of an extended coronavirus lockdown, which will end on May 3.
The first lady has continued with her charity work notwithstanding the lockdown, following widespread reports of starvation among many impoverished communities nationally — which has prompted her to donate food and other materials in the hardest hit areas.
Apart from having to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, Zimbabwe is also facing the tough task of feeding more than half of the country’s population, who relief agencies say are on the verge of starvation.

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