Mugabe motorcade in third fatal crash since June

HARARE Thu Oct 4, 2012 6:06am EDT

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 26, 2012.

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HARARE (Reuters) - A police motorcyclist in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's motorcade burned to death after crashing into a lorry in the third fatal accident since June involving the 15-vehicle convoy, notorious for sweeping through the streets at high speeds.

The motorcyclist was clearing the way for Mugabe's motorcade on Wednesday when he rammed into a moving lorry and his bike caught fire, police said on Thursday.

In June, domestic media in the southern African nation reported that motorcyclists in Mugabe's motorcade had killed two people and injured 15 others in two separate accidents.

Mugabe, 88, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980 and seeks re-election in polls expected in 2013.

His convoys have become a source of resentment for many ordinary Zimbabweans, who are required by law to get out of his way.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Cropley and Jane Baird)

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