The convoy of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has killed one person and injured 15 others in the third deadly accident involving the dictator’s motorcade in two weeks.
The state-run Herald newspaper of Zimbabwe reported on Tuesday that the accident took place on Sunday afternoon on the Robert Mugabe Highway, near the president’s rural hometown of Zvimba.
National police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena blamed the accident on a commuter bus, known locally as a “kombi,” that failed to make way fast enough for the passing motorcade.
One of the cars leading the motorcade rammed into the bus, Bvudzijena told Agence France-Presse.
“The cause of the accident is that the kombi driver failed to take heed of the siren and the beacon lights of the escort vehicle,” Bvudzijena told the Herald.
The website NewZimbabwe said Mugabe’s motorcade was traveling to Harare from Zvimba ahead of the president’s flight to Brazil to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Police VIP protection spokesman Martin Mbokochena blamed “some unruly elements in society who want to disturb” for the accident.
Mbokochena told the Herald that the police protection unit would conduct an awareness campaign to educate motorists to respect official motorcades.