Controversial pastor and fearless Government critic, Pastor Talent Chiwenga has been involved in a fatal accident and his wife, sister-in-law and another passenger perished in the tragedy.
The names of the deceased are Rosemary Vhurumuku (51), Rejoice Jerina Chiwenga (28) and Eugene Tafadzwa Kanyuchi (34).
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident but said he was yet to get full details.
The Masvingo Mirror has confirmed that Chiwenga is admitted at Makurira Memorial Clinic, a private hospital in Masvingo.
The accident, according to reliable sources happened near Chatsworth turnoff some 50km from Masvingo along Masvingo Harare Road at 6am in the morning. Efforts to get a comment from Masvingo Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Charity Mazula were futile.
It is understood that Chiwenga was travelling in a Mitsubishi Shogun Pajero on his way from a church trip in South Africa. He overturned after losing control of the vehicle and some sources said a kombi without number plates overtook him and slowed down in front of his vehicle.
Chiwenga is popular for his hard hitting preaching where he criticizes Government for its corruption and brutality. He claims he is related to the county’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
According to a Zim Morning Post report, two women died on the spot of the accident and a third died on admission at the hospital. The witness who spoke to the publication is quoted saying;
“Chiwenga was driving when he lost control about 51km from Masvingo, just after Chatsworth,” said an eye witness who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the accident occurred.
“The vehicle veered off the road and ploughed into the field, about 70m from the main road, hit a metal pole and rolled twice. It then landed on its roof throwing two women outside the vehicle.”
“Chiwenga was critically injured and is currently admitted at Makurira Private Hospital,” the eye witness told the publication.
Talent Chiwenga early this month sought an audience with President Emmerson Mnangagwa claiming that he is being followed by alleged State security agents.
Last year, his cousin, the VP warned him against attacking the national leadership using God’s name vowing this was coming to an end. In the letter written on May 27, 2019, Chiwenga said:
Sir, I am being followed by unregistered vehicles believed to be from the Central Intelligence Organisation or from the Military Intelligence Department of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, I am receiving death threats almost on a daily basis and this is because I preach the true gospel of Christ that condemns sin and calls all men to repentance, for God is not a respecter of persons.
“It is my honest and humble opinion Sir, that the people who are giving orders to military personnel or State security agents to kill me are your employees or your subordinates. I don’t see myself as a security or political threat to anyone in this country, because I am a preacher of the gospel whose tools are the Bible and the microphone.”
“I am therefore asking to see you so that I may among other things surrender myself to you and your administration so that if I do not get an opportunity to answer to issues I am being stalked and threatened for, at least I will save the government’s tax payers’ money which is being used to stalk me and harass me, if I have to die for the gospel I preach (which I am ready to die for), at least I will avail myself in person.” Masvingo Mirror/ Zim Morning Post/ Nehanda Radio