Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Zimbabwe PM: car crash that killed my wife was an accident

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has ruled out foul play over the road accident in which his wife, Susan, died, although many in his party remain sceptical.

Addressing mourners at his home upon his return from Botswana, where he had gone to seek treatment at the weekend, Mr Tsvangirai said the car crash which he survived last week was a pure accident and he had no reason to think it was yet another attempt on his life.

But a senior MDC official, who did not want to be named publicly contradicting his boss, said many party officials would have preferred the party’s own investigation into the accident to be completed first before Mr Tsvangirai made any pronouncements.

“His statement has probably made any investigation superfluous,” said the official.

Mr Tsvangirai urged mourners to celebrate Susan’s life. “When something happens, there is always speculation but I want to say in this case — it was one in a thousand,” he said.

Susan Tsvangirai died last Friday in the accident on the badly maintained Harare-Masvingo highway. The Prime Minister escaped with injuries that are not life threatening. The Toyota Land-cruiser in which they had been travelling was struck by a truck that veered on to their lane.

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