By Mutsa Makuvaza
RELATIVES, friends and colleagues have mourned the late Albert Vunganai, a top aide to the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who perished in a road accident near Muzarabani, Mashonaland Central province, Friday afternoon.
Vunganai was part of the security details accompanying the First Lady to hand out food and other items to vulnerable members of society near the Mozambican border when their Toyota Hilux veered off the road and rolled severel times before plunging off an embankment and landing in a deep gorge.
One of the aides is in ICU at a local private hospital, while a female is awaiting CT scan to the head at the same hospital, and the third aide, a male, is awaiting X-ray.
The fourth one was discharged, according to sources which told the Zimbabwe Voice on condition of anonymity as they are not allowed to speak to the Press.
“He was a likeable gentleman who was a friend to all,” a colleague posted on facebook. “It’ll be hard to believe ‘Berto is no longer with us.”
Police details rendered first aid to the victims at the scene before taking them to a clinic in Muzarabani where they were transferred to Harare by an airforce helicopter scrambled from Harare.
“We rushed to the scene where we rendered first aid before taking them to Muzarabani Clinic where they were treated and because of their condition had to be evacuated to Harare by air.”
A colleague of the deceased wrote on Facebook: “I still can’t believe it. It’s like a bad dream. This is difficult to stomach, hazvisi kumaker sense.
“Till we meet again Walter. Rest easy Cde Mutukirwi. May Gulez, the young ones and the family be comforted by the most high. Zvatirwadza vasara mwana wamai. Zorora murugare.”
First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa reportedly abandoned the journey following the accident and sent representatives to donate food hampers and sanitisers at Chidikamwedzi and Kabatamukombe primary schools in Muzarabani district. – Zimbabwe Voice