Karikoga Kaseke the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) was involved a car accident near Banket on Wednesday. Reports say he is being treated at the West End clinic in Harare.
The accident involving his BMW is reported to have occurred while he was driving to Chinhoyi to attend the World Tourism Day function there. ‘He lost control of the vehicle resulting in it hitting a tree on the road side and it overturned several times,’ one report said.
Kaseke has had a colourful life with a notorious history of bedding beauty queens from annual pageants that his organization sponsors. On Wednesday the ZTA chief for unkown reasons was travelling with three beauty queens from the Miss Tourism project.
The three models are Miss Tourism Zimbabwe first princess Chido Mashaya, second princess Tafadzwa Mugazambi and Sharon Matiya. The accident occurred at around 11:30am. One of the three beauty queens is said to be seriously injured while the other two are in a stable condition.
In November 2007 Kaseke was in hot soup following revelations that he used ZTA funds to bribe 6 journalists from the state media in order to conceal a sex scandal involving Miss Rural Zimbabwe organizer, Sipho Mazibuko.
In 2009 Kaseke was embroiled in a maintenance wrangle with a Harare woman who claimed that he is the father of her daughter. Millicent Muchabaiwa claimed US$1 000 a month from the ZTA boss for the upkeep of the 14-month old child whom she alleges Kaseke sired.
The matter failed to take off after it was postponed on the 4th of November 2009 when it emerged that Kaseke was on official business in China. Kaseke’s lawyers Mutumbwa, Mugabe and Partners rubbished the claims saying Muchabaiwa had also reported a case in which she claimed the ZTA boss raped her 18 times at unspecified lodges and hotels.
Kaseke is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and was also CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. A series of sex scandals led him to be moved to his current ZTA job.