President Robert Mugabe's motorcade - notorious for its strict security procedures and high-speed travel - came to a sudden halt in Harare today when a mystery vehicle evaded outriders and guards before smashing into a security vehicle. Both drivers died at the scene.
The incident happened on Harare's Seventh Street, only a few hundred metres from the official residence of the Zimbabwean President. Mugabe was unhurt, and continued his journey to the airport, where he left for a diplomatic visit to Mozambique.
Officers of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and the Presidential Guards, Mugabe's personal security men, remained at the scene and cordoned off the area. Tipped off by a CIO source, I arrived minutes later, and was able to see the two body bags and the damaged vehicles.