CIO boss Chirinda dies in accident

Nickson Chirinda

Nickson Chirinda

Freeman Razemba and Thupeyo Muleya
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Deputy Director Mr Nickson Chirinda died after his vehicle was involved in a road traffic accident near Chinhoyi on Saturday night. The accident occurred when Mr Chirinda’s Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle rammed into a haulage truck and got trapped underneath the truck’s trailer. It is understood that the accident happened moments after Mr Chirinda had left Orange Grove Motel for his home. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident and said it occurred at the 117km peg along the Harare-Chirundu Highway at around 10pm.

“The accident occurred near Total Service Station when the haulage truck, which was heading towards Chinhoyi suddenly turned in front of oncoming traffic, leading to a collision that killed a senior official from the President’s Office. The senior official died on the spot,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said it is disturbing that some motorists were recklessly causing accidents that cost people’s lives. “It is really disturbing that some drivers are exhibiting reckless conduct, which is causing fatal road accidents. As ZRP, our messages have been very clear that drivers should observe road rules and regulations.

“Some of these drivers are taking our messages for granted,” he said. Mourners are gathered at number 30 Angel King Road, Mzari in Chinhoyi. Meanwhile, two people were killed while two others were seriously injured when a Toyota Regius they were travelling in collided with a bus along the Beitbridge-Masvingo Highway.

The accident occurred yesterday at around 1pm near the Masvingo-Bulawayo turn-off. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was travelling to Mutare while the Toyota Regius was heading towards Beitbridge town. “The small car’s driver, whom we suspect was speeding, encroached onto the opposite lane resulting in a collision.

“The driver and one passenger who was sitting in front died instantly while two other occupants were seriously injured,” police sources said. The injured were rushed to Beitbridge District Hospital. No bus passengers were injured. Matabeleland South Police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele was not immediately available for comment.

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  • Ray Mbada

    Even in America and Britain they are there and doing even worse than the propaganda you read about from their papers.

    • haiwawo

      At least the papers have space to scrutinize and report on it whereas in Zimbabwe if you dare you are hauled before the courts or hounded into leaving or — ). There lies the difference – the lack of accountability for the CIO.

      • TruthHurts!

        Don’t make hollow arguments and justifications in support of a system you have absolutely no knowledge of and start bandying about the word ‘accountability’ when it is quite obvious that the meaning of the word itself and your understanding of it are as far apart as Venus is to Earth!

  • Sean

    Honestly it hard to dredge up any sympathy for anyone who is part of the CIO. They have brutalized a nation and committed unspeakable crimes against civilians

  • haiwawo

    Only an apologist for a regime crazy with lust for power will defend how the CIO would harass people in a partisan matter. This has not been an organization for state security for a long time – merely one for ZANU PF security by making people suffer.

    • TruthHurts!

      Which regime are we now talking about? Are we talking about ED’s administration whose arrival was received with such joy and support by the MDC rank and file some of us thought that divine intervention had caused the blind to see and the deaf to hear? I guess during the GNU this was not the same organisation that looked after Dumbo when he was Purayiminisita?