War vets boss stable after crash


GWERU — Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association secretary-general Shadreck Makombe is in a stable condition after being involved in a car accident yesterday.

Stephen Chadenga

When the Southern Eye visited him at a Claybank Hospital ward, Makombe was sitted on a chair and communicating using signs.

“I cannot talk, my tongue is stitched and my knee cap is injured,” he wrote in his diary. “I will address the Press soon.”

Makombe, who had approached the local leadership of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (Zuj), Gweru branch for a Press conference earlier in the day was travelling from Mkoba to the city, where journalists were waiting for him at a local hotel when the accident occurred.

“He had said he was free to meet journalists later in the evening, after he had earlier failed to address the Press Club last Friday.

“Journalists were waiting for him at a local hotel and wondering what had delayed him and when I phoned him he indicated he was on his way from Mkoba,” Zuj Gweru chairperson Brenna Matendere said.

“But when I called 10 minutes later he answered saying he was being ferried to hospital after being involved in an accident.”

Though Makombe had indicated that he was going to address issues concerning the elections and war veterans in general, high level sources in Zanu PF revealed that he was bitter at his loss in primary elections for the provincial council, alleging “massive rigging”.

“He had earlier made it clear that he was unhappy with his loss saying there was massive rigging in the whole process,” the source claimed.

The war veteran’s Nissan wolf was involved in a head-on collision with a Mazda twincab along the Mkoba via Mambo route.

Reports indicate that the Mazda occupants were badly injured and their vehicle was extensively damaged in the accident.