Saturday, 3 April 2021

Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady’s Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker

 


The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has revealed that a police officer has been arrested following a fatal accident involving First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s motorcade on Friday.

The accident resulted in the death of a police motorbike rider who died on the spot following a head-on collision with a Toyota Altezza which failed to give way. The deceased police motorbike rider has been identified as Sergeant Freddy Chipato who was clearing traffic for the first lady’s convoy.

The Toyota Altezza was being driven by off-duty police officer Tinotenda Esau Mutandiro who has been arrested. According to the police, Mutandiro who is stationed in Harare will be charged with culpable homicide.

 

Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady's Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker
The late Sergeant Freddy Chipato (Image Credit: ZimLive)

 

In a statement, national police spokesperson Assitant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, however, insisted that the First Lady’s motorcade was not involved in the accident.

Below is the statement from the police on the accident which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.

FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING A ZRP MEMBER ON VIP DUTY IN CHINHOYI

The Zimbabwe Republic Police reports that on 2. of April 2021 at 1630 hours, a fatal Road Traffic Accident involving Sergeant Freddy CHIPATO of ZRP Chinhoyi Traffic occurred at the 131 km peg along Harare — Chinhoyi Road near Lion’s Den.

The member was on VIP Traffic clearance duties riding a Police Motor Bike while the First Lady’s Convoy was on its way from Mhangura.

Suddenly, a motorist, Tinotenda Esau MUTANDIRO, who was later identified to be a Police Officer stationed in Harare came driving a Toyota Altezza on his way to Karoi with one passenger on board. He tried to pull off the road to the left in a bid to give way to the clearing party but failed and swerved to the right. The Toyota Altezza then encroached on to the lane of the motor bike which was proceeding in the opposite direction.

The vehicle then collided with the clearing motor bike resulting in the death of Sergeant CHIPATO after sustaining serious body injuries.

The First Lady’s Convoy was not involved at all in the road traffic accident.

The ZRP is treating this unfortunate fatal road traffic accident like all other accidents and reiterate that it has nothing to do with the First Lady’s Convoy. The Commissioner General of Police extends his condolences to the family of Sergeant Freddy CHIPATO.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Meanwhile the law will take its course against Tinotenda Esau MUTANDIRO who is now facing Culpable Homicide charges.

 

Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady's Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker
Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady’s Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker
Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady's Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker
Police Officer Arrested For Causing First Lady’s Motorcade Accident Which Killed Biker

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