Francis Muswere the MDC district chairman for Makoni West constituency in Manicaland province died Wednesday night in one of the accidents.
He died on admission at Rusape Hospital, while four people he was travelling with were seriously injured and admitted to the same hospital.
About 15 MDC mourners were injured when a truck slammed into a Kukura Kurerwa bus ferrying them from the burial. The incident took place opposite the same spot that killed Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s wife last Friday.
Although the MDC say the circumstances of this crash are still being investigated, our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us the bus driver was trying to avoid 2 speeding Toyota vehicles which overtook him and forced him to swerve. A truck coming from the opposite lane is then said to have hit the bus, forcing it into a ditch.
Passersby assisted the injured and managed to get the injured into passing commuter minibuses which took them to hospital.
Among those who also assisted the injured was Tsvangirai’s spokesman James Maridadi. A reporter with SW Radio told us the former ZBC Radio 3 DJ carried some of the injured to hospital in his own car.
The accident happened around 6pm but by 8pm the injured were still being ferried to hospital. By late in the evening police had managed to remove the bus from the ditch. Our correspondent told us the driver of the truck ran away from the scene of the accident.
A press statement from the MDC on Thursday said the area of the road on which the two accidents have taken place has since been declared a dark spot and warning signs are being erected to warn motorists and pedestrians.
Last Friday Susan Tsvangirai died when an aid truck hit their Land Cruiser, forcing it to overturn 3 times and landing on its roof. While Prime Minister Tsvangirai, a driver and other aides survived, Susan was not as lucky as she was flung out of the vehicle before it eventually landed on her.
The aid truck driver claimed he was trying to avoid a hump on the road when he swerved into the lane used by the Tsvangirai convoy. SW Radio Africa