- The high-powered Zanu-PF delegation at the State assisted funeral was led by Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke. Area MP and Zanu-PF chief whip in Parliament, Pupurai Togarepi, attended the funeral.
By Mutsa Makuvaza
OPPOSITION Alliance president Nelson Chamisa was pictured yesterday came face-to-face with a high-ranking Zanu-PF delegation which included the area MP for Chamisa’s rural area, Pupurai Togarepi the Zanu-PF chief whip.
Chamisa was pictured sitting next to Togarepi while attending the burial of the five members of the Chagweda Family who perished in a road accident on Sunday.
The picture torched wild reactions on social media yesterday, with some MDC Alliance supporters jokingly the police and army were protecting the MDC Alliance leader. Chamisa frequently snubs State sponsored events and claims the Government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is illegitimate.
However, other netizens yesterday said the sight of Chamisa sitting next to high-ranking Zanu-PF officials was a chance for the two political parties to break the ice and lower political tensions as 2023 elections beckon.
The Chagweda family reportedly lives 500m away from Chamisa’s rural home in Chikwati Village under Chief Chiwara in Gutu.
The high-powered Zanu-PF delegation at the State assisted funeral was led by Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke. Area MP and Zanu-PF chief whip in Parliament, Pupurai Togarepi, attended the funeral.
High ranking police officers were also present at the funeral, as were members of the army and othe security services.
The accident victims perished in a Honda Fit – Bus collision allong the Gutu- Chivhu Highway over the weekend. The five died after their vehicle collided head-on with an Inter-Africa Bus near Matizha Business Centre in Gutu.
National Police Spokesperson Inspector Paul Nyathi announced the names of the deceased as Francis Chagweda (33) the driver, Mavis Chagweda (61), Lloyd Chagweda (31), Viola Chagweda (35) and Keresensia Mapaaona (28).
According to a family member, Oscar Chagweda the now deceased were travelling to Chiwara in Gutu for a family function when the tragedy happened.
The accident occurred when an Inter-Africa bus was trying to overtake another bus before it encroached into the lane of the oncoming Honda Fit.
The Honda Fit reportedly swerved off the road but the bus did the same resulting in the head on collision.
Only one person survived the horific accident and was taken to Matizha clinic before she was transferred to Gutu Rural Hospital for treatment. ■