MDC-T national chairman Lovemore Moyo escaped death by a whisker on Saturday night after the car he was travelling in hit a cow before encroaching into the opposite lane, where it collided with a haulage truck along the Harare-Chivhu Road.
Moyo sustained head injuries, while three other people he was travelling with sustained various injuries, with the driver being the most seriously injured.
The former Speaker of Parliament, his driver Vumani Mahlangu, party members Artwell Sibanda and Melisa Mabeza, were yesterday admitted in the casualty section at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after they were transferred from Chivu Hospital.
Sibanda, who appeared stable yesterday, told the Southern Eye after receiving treatment at UBH that the accident occurred 10km from Chivu, as they were travelling from Harare to Bulawayo in a Mazda BT50 vehicle.
“There were two cattle which were on the road and the driver swerved trying to avoid hitting them,” he narrated.
“But he hit one of the cows and lost control, encroaching into the right lane, which led to a head-on collision with a haulage truck.
“That is the last thing I remember and the next thing I remember was seeing myself at Chivu Hospital.”
Sibanda said he sustained shoulder injuries and he felt some pains on the ribs, but after being attended to he was feeling better.
He said he and Moyo escaped with minor injuries and Mabeza was also stable.
“Only the driver is in a serious condition because he was trapped in the vehicle and broke his leg,” he said.
“He also complains of chest injuries.”
Sibanda said after the accident they were taken to Chivu Hospital, from where they were transferred to UBH by an ambulance, while their vehicle was a total write off.
Efforts to get a word from Moyo, who remained inside an examination room in the causalty section, were fruitless as he declined to talk to the media, referring Southern Eye to the party’s vice president, Thokozani Khupe who sat in another room waiting to see the accident victims.
When approached for an interview, Khupe referred Southern Eye back to Moyo.
Hospital officials also blocked this reporter from entering the room where Moyo was, following his refusal to be interviewed.
A number of MDC-T officials, including the deputy national organiser Abednico Bhebhe, were at the hospital to see their injured colleagues.