Renson Gasela Dies

The accident happened along the Zvishavane-Gweru road on Saturday night.  The vehicle crashed onto a stationary front-loader.

The statement said the three were coming from a party meeting in Zvishavane and were on their way to Shurugwi for another meeting when the tragic accident occurred.

Gasela was a former MDC MP for Gweru Rural and the Party’s Secretary for Lands and Deputy Secretary for Information and Publicity. He was also founder member of the original MDC and former general manager of the Grain Marketing Board.

Lyson Mlambo was the party’s National Chairperson for the Disciplinary Committee and Midlands South Provincial Chairperson. Ntombizodwa Gumbo was the Midlands South Women’s Assembly Provincial Chairperson.

The country’s ambassador to Senegal Trudy Stevenson aid Gasela was one of the most decent and principled fighters for democracy.
“This is indeed a cruel blow to Zimbabwe.  We know that God’s ways are not our ways, and that they are beyond our understanding, but this is one of those moments when my faith is truly tested.  Dear God, why did it have to be Renson, now? “

“May Almighty God comfort his wife Susan and all his family and friends in this time of need, and may Renson’s soul rest in the peace he worked so hard to bring to all. “

Also injured in the same vehicle were Edwin Mushoriwa, the Secretary for Information and Publicity said six other party members who included the Provincial Organising Secretary, Benias Chikweya, the Deputy Provincial Organising Secretary, Felix Pireyi, Provincial Youth Assembly Secretary, George Mukaro, and Mkoba District Executive Member, Ms Mhishi and the driver, Lavender Mugavhu. They were ferried to United Bulawayo Hospital where they remain admitted. The Provincial Security Officer, Antonia Sibanda who was admitted at a hospital in Zvishavane has since been treated and discharged.

Sibanda said: “MDC wishes to convey its heartfelt condolences to the Gasela, Mlambo and Gumbo families over this tragic loss. The party has indeed lost dear friends and compatriots whose contribution and dedication to the fight for democracy has been beyond measure. We take solace in that the LORD has made his decision. We shall always cherish the times that we have shared with our departed compatriots though the void created by their untimely deaths will be difficult to fill.”