Matabeleland North Resident Minister and Politburo member Cain Mathema was yesterday involved in an accident along the Tsholotsho-Nyamandlovu Road.
Mathema escaped with minor bruises on his hands, but the vehicle he was driving was a complete write-off.
The accident is reported to have happened 10km before Nyamandlovu as the minister was on his way to Bulawayo.
Witnesses told this publication that the suspected cause of the accident was not clear as the minister lost control of his vehicle which later overturned.
“He lost control of the vehicle and it swerved off the road onto the other side,” said one witness who preferred anonymity.
“When he tried to get back onto the road, he swerved onto the left side before overturning. He, however, escaped with bruises, mostly on his hands but refused to be taken to hospital insisting that he was fine.”
Mathema was reportedly travelling alone in a green Pajero around 12 midnight.
Witnesses also said the minister was shaken by the impact as he refused to be assisted telling onlookers that small stones on the roadside (a strip road) made him lose control of the vehicle.
In an interview, Nyamandlovu Police Station spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mushona could neither confirm nor deny the incident saying she was not in the office.
“At the moment, we are working from Harare Agricultural Show, so I do not have the details to that accident at the moment hence you will have to get it from representatives at the station in Nyamandlovu,” she said.
The matter was reported to Nyamandlovu Police Station. The Herald