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Zimbabwe'S Ambassador to Sweden Mr Stephen Cletus Chiketa's son, Chitarisiro, fatally knocked down Jehovah's Witness preachers in a suspected drinking and driving incident in Harare on Sunday morning.


Chitarisiro, who is a rapper and popularly known as MC Chita, was in the company of an unidentified friend when he was driving a Honda CRV with registration number ACS 9759.


The duo was reportedly on their way to town where they wanted to buy whisky when the vehicle veered off the road, overturned and hit two Jehovah's Witnesses Church preachers identified as Mrs Rhoda Bwanaisa (56) and Mrs Melita Mangazi along Samora Machel Avenue near Waterwhirld in Eastlea at around 7am.


Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed that the accident occurred on Sunday.


She said the incident occurred at around 7am when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the curve.


"I am not in a position to comment if he is the ambassador's son but the accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle lost control before hitting two pedestrians who died on the spot."


In an interview yesterday, Mrs Bwanaisa's brother, Mr Dennis Lingola, said she was buried in Mungate Village, Domboshava, yesterday.


"We lost a pillar in the family and we have since buried her in Domboshava. We are not in a position to tell what kind of assistance the ambassador's family offered because they handed over an envelope to us during the funeral procession and we do not know what is inside," he said.


When The Herald attended the accident scene, a large amount of blood covered the tarmac surface and was covered with sand while beads believed to have been worn by either of the women was scattered on the grass next to the pathway the pair was walking along.


In an interview, a witness said: "The driver failed to negotiate the curve, hit an isle before rolling and killing the preachers instantly who were walking on a path next to the road.


"One pedestrian managed to escape upon noticing the vehicle was rolling. We asked where they were coming from and they said they were on their way from a party when they took the car from their house," said Mr Thomas Madovi.


Yesterday, Chief Mashayamombe Ignatius Chiketa, who is closely related to Ambassador Chiketa represented his family at Mrs Bwanaisa's burial. When contacted for comment, he said his family was trying to resolve complications caused by the accident in a discreet way but refused to give details.


Another witness, Mr Amon Chavhuna, said the driver and his passenger were taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals by an ambulance.


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A sad reminder to us that "time and unforeseen occurrence" can happen to any one of us. We need the end of this system so that we won't have these terrible tragedies. So Sad. 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

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