By Thulani Ncube | Nehanda Bulawayo Bureau |
BULAWAYO – National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) General Manager Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai died Tuesday morning at the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo after a car accident Monday evening in Shangani.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident. Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi also confirmed the accident between Shangani and Insiza.
“Air Commodore Karakadzai is no more. He passed away at 02:10 hours at Mater Dei Hospital after a road traffic accident, which occurred at 19:22 hours when his vehicle hit a stray animal and swerved into an oncoming vehicle.”
Employees of the NRZ will not be mourning his death with several said to be celebrating as soon as news of his death broke. Under his corrupt mismanagement of the parastatal, NRZ workers went for months without pay resulting in the wives of many employees even joining demonstrations.
Karakadzai was one of 200 senior army officers deployed countrywide in the run up to the June 2008 presidential election and helped coordinate the brutal murder of over 500 opposition supporters after Mugabe had lost the first round of the election to Morgan Tsvangirai.