Controversial preacher Apostle Talent Chiwenga was involved in an accident which allegedly claimed the lives of his wife, son and sister-in-law near Chatsworth turn-off at the 80-kilometre peg along the Harare-Masvingo Highway yesterday morning.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident, but said he was yet to get full details.
Chiwenga was by yesterday evening admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Makurira Memorial Clinic in Masvingo, where his condition was said to be serious.
It is believed Chiwenga’s son and sister-in-law died together with his wife in the horror crash. Asst-Comm Nyathi said the crash occurred at the 230-km peg along the Harare-Masvingo Road.
Asst-Comm Nyathi said the vehicle had four occupants, including Chiwenga, who was reportedly driving, when tragedy struck.
“I can confirm a road traffic accident which claimed three people near Chatsworth turnoff along Masvingo-Harare Road this morning,” he said. “The bodies of the deceased were taken to Masvingo General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.” Asst-Comm Nyathi said two passengers, both women, died on the spot, while another male passenger died due to injuries upon admission to Masvingo General Hospital.
According to impeccable sources, Chiwenga allegedly lost control of his vehicle upon reaching the 80km peg from Masvingo.
The vehicle veered off the road and overturned several times before landing on its left side. “We will give specifics tomorrow,” said Asst-Comm Nyathi.
A visit to Makurira Memorial Clinic by this crew revealed that Chiwenga was in a critical condition.
He is known for making controversial “prophesies” about the country and criticising all other churches and clergymen.
Last week, during a sermon, the street preacher said he was being tailed by people he believed were state security agents.
He threatened he would go to President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week and tell the Zanu PF leader to shoot him, before declaring: “To my wife, please take care of the kids.”
Chiwenga’s politically-charged sermons have drawn him a huge following, but also earned him powerful enemies.
When he prophesied the dead of two prominent political figures, the ailing Vice President Constantino Chiwenga – a former army general – accused the preacher of making “false prophesies” before warning ominously: “Let it stop today. Let him be warned.”
In last week’s sermon on a Harare street, Apostle Chiwenga said strange cars were following him, “hounding and terrorising me.”
The haunting words by Apostle Chiwenga:
“I want to go to Mnangagwa’s office and say ‘if you are looking for me to kill me, I have come, kill me. Why should you send people to follow me? I can’t live my life looking behind to see if there are no cars following me. For what? If you have issues, I have come. Let’s talk about them. If you want to kill me, I have come, kill me. Call Chiwenga, your junior, and tell him that boy has come.’
“The coming week won’t end before I go to Mnangagwa’s office. CIO can’t be going to work to follow a pastor when Itai Dzamara hasn’t been found. I don’t have problems with people, I don’t travel with weapons because I don’t have enemies, they are the ones who say I’m their enemy. I don’t hate anyone, I only speak what God instructs me to speak and I will do so without fear or any reservations.
“I will go to his office, if they say he’s not there I will sit there until he comes. I will tell him there are people who are hounding me, who are terrorising me. I shouldn’t live in fear of politicians. To those who have been sent by Mnangagwa to kill me, if you don’t kill me today, next week I will be at your boss’s office. I will tell him ‘maybe you’re failing to find me, I said let me come on my own.’
“I will tell my wife I’m going, look after the children well. I will tell him (Mnangagwa) ‘since you like blood, here’s some more blood, spill some more. Since you like killing, I have come so that you can kill me, but I’m not going to apologise for what I said because it was the truth. God is not happy with you, you must change your ways. If you don’t do that, nothing will change. This is not the way to run a country’.”
Meanwhile, a Gutu Traffic Police report on the accident reads:
FROM: GUTU TRAFFIC
TO:DISPOL MASVINGO EAST
RDO /19 DD 12/06/19
SUBJECT : PARA ” A” 120830B 235KM PEG ALONG HARARE-MASVINGO ROAD
PARA”B” MITSUBISHI SHOGUN STATION WAGON AFB 5917 SILVER IN COLOUR
PARA”C” OWNED AND DRIVEN BY TALENT FARAI CHIWENGA NR 25-075490R25 MALE ADULT AGED 34YRS OF 88 HARARE STREET HOLDER OF CLSASS 4$5 DL NO 91274JZ
PARA ”D” SPEEDING AND INATTENTION
(1) VHURUMUKO ROSEMARY NR 29-143095B29 FEMALE ADULT AGED 51YRS OF 1090 SOUTH VIEW UPLANDS WATERFALLS HARARE, SUSTAINED SEVERE HEAD INJURIES AND DIED ON THE SPOT.
(2) REJOICE JERINA CHIWENGA NR 25-110513K15 FEMALE ADULT AGED 28YRS OF NO 3 OKLEY CLOSE ASHDOWN PARK HRE SUSTAINED SUSTAINED SEVERE HEAD INJURIES AND DIED ON THE SPOT.
(3) KANYUCHI EGENE TAFADZWA NR 63-221299 S48 A MALE AGED 34YRS OF 2437 GLENORAH HRE SUSTAINED HEAD AND HANDS INJURIES, DIED ON ADMISSION AT MASVINGO PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL.
(1) TALENT FARAI CHIWENGA NR 25-075490R25, MALE ADULT AGED 34YRS SUSTAINED HEAD INJURIES AND COMPLAINING OF GENERAL BODY PAINS, CONDITION IS SERIOUS AND IS ADMITTED AT MASVINGO PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL.
THE SOLE PARTY WAS TRAVELING FROM MASVINGO TOWARDS HRE ALONG MASVINGO – HRE ROAD WITH 3 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, UPON REACHING 235KM, PEG THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE AND IT VEERED OFF THE ROAD AND OVERTURNED SEVERAL TIMES AND LANDED ON ITS ROOF THEREBY KILLING 2 PEOPLE ON THE SPOT AND THE THIRD ONE DIED UPON ADMISSION AT MASVINGO HOSPITAL, THE NEXT OF KINS HAVE BEEN ADVISED.
VEHICLE SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGES AND WAS TOWED TO MASVINGO VED.
THE SCENE WAS ATTENDED BY OFFICER COMMANDING MASVINGO CENTRAL DISTRICT, OFFICER IN CHARGE MASVINGO TRAFFIC AND GUTU TRAFFIC DETAILS, BODIES WERE FERRIED TO MASVINGOPROVINCIAL HOSPITAL MORTUARY AWAITING POSTMORTEM.
GUTU TRAFFIC RRB REF 3849322 REFERS.
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