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VIMBAI Tsvangirai-Java, the eldest daughter of the late MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, has died.

Vimbai was involved in a road accident in mid-May while near Kwekwe while travelling to Harare from a pre-Congress meeting in Matebeleland.

Vimbai was the opposition MDC legislator for Glen View South. She appeared to have recovered from the injuries, but could not attend the MDC Congress held in Gweru between 24 May to 26 May.

However, Vimbai was elected party’s women’s assembly secretary general while confined to her hospital bed following a horrific accident she was involved in near Kwekwe on 14 May.

The late Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java and her late father Morgan Tsvangirai

Her doctors advised against travelling to Gweru for the MDC Congress as she was still recuperating from injuries sustained from the accident which claimed two of her party comrades.

In results announced by the party, Java polled 632 votes against her opponent Memory Mbondiya’s 217.

The Kwekwe accident claimed her aides, one of who was her late mother’s brother. Tafadzwa Mhundwa, a brother to the late Susan Tsvangirai, died in the accident, which also claimed the life of Paul Rukanda, the Glen South District Organising Secretary for the MDC.

Police in the Midlands said the accident was as a result of an overtaking error by the driver of a Toyota Mark X which was driving towards Kwekwe.

“It is disheartening to learn about the passing away of Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java, the daughter of the late democracy icon, Morgan Tsvangirai,” said Patson Dzamara, an MDC member.

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