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3 MDC-M officials killed in car crash

By a Correspondent

Three senior officials from the Mutambara MDC were killed in a car crash over the weekend the party confirmed. Secretary for Lands and Agriculture  Renson Gasela, chair of the party’s disciplinary committee Lyson Mlambo and the chair of the women’s assembly for Midlands south Ntombizodwa Gumbo died when their vehicle rammed into a stationary front-loader 25km outside Zvishavane on the road to Gweru on Saturday night.

All three were returning from a party meeting in Zvishavane. A statement from the party’s spokesman Edwin Mushoriwa said six other officials were injured in the crash and are hospitalised at the United Bulawayo Hospitals. The injured include Benias Chikweya, Felix Pireyi, George Mukaro, a Ms Mhishi and the driver, Lavender Mugavhu.

The officials were returning from a party meeting in Zvishavane. The MDC-M statement said;

“The party has indeed lost dear friends and compatriots whose contribution and dedication to the fight for democracy has been beyond measure. We take solace in that the Lord has made his decision. We shall always cherish the times that we have shared with our departed compatriots though the void created by their untimely deaths will be difficult to fill.”

“MDC also extends its heartfelt sympathies to the families of those injured in the same accident who are recovering at United Bulawayo Hospital. The party wishes them a speedy recovery,” the statement added.

Gasela is a former head of the state run Grain Marketing Board before he joined opposition politics.