Kwekwe businessman and owner of Steelmakers Private Limited Mr Alex Johnson, his wife Achamma and their employee died in an accident on Wednesday when a Mercedes Benz E320 they were travelling in collided head-on with another vehicle of the same make along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway.
The businessman was a close associate of VP Emmerson Mnangagwa. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident, which occurred at around 5:10pm at the 196km peg near Sable Chemical Industries outside Kwekwe.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said Johnson, who was travelling to Harare with his wife, was being driven by an employee, Mr Sherman Majuru. The other vehicle that was Kwekwe bound, was being driven by Mr Privilege Fundira who had two passengers.
She said preliminary investigations showed that Mr Fundira tried to overtake a vehicle in front of an oncoming vehicle resulting in the head-on collision. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said Mr Johnson and his wife died on the spot while the driver died on admission at Kwekwe General Hospital.
“The accident occurred at around 5:10pm. Two people died on the spot while the other died at Kwekwe District Hospital. “Three people from the other vehicle were seriously injured and were taken to the same hospital for treatment,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has expressed its condolences to the John0son family.
CZI CEO Mr Clifford Sileya said the organisation was deeply saddened by the untimely death of its member who was running one of the few successful businesses in the iron and steel manufacturing industry.
The organisation had a moment of silence during its breakfast meeting in Gweru in memory of Mr Johnson.
“We heard that Mr Johnson, together with his wife, passed away last night after their vehicle smashed into another vehicle which encroached into their lane near Sable Chemicals, 10 km from Kwekwe. It is really sad,” he said. herald