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angelfaithrox
06-03-09, 16:09
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Susan have been involved in a car crash which has left her badly hurt, party sources say.

Mr Tsvangirai is said to be lightly injured. The crash is said to have happened on a road south of Harare.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

The two had been long-time rivals before agreeing a power-sharing deal.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters news agency that Mr Tsvangirai was not in a critical condition.

"We have just heard that there was an accident of sorts involving the president of the party. Injuries, yes, but not critical condition, we are still assessing the actual condition," he said.

The prime minister was on his way to his rural home at the start of the weekend when his vehicle is said to have been involved in a collision near Beatrice.

A second MDC spokesman, James Maridadi, told the Associated Press news agency that the car had been in collision with a lorry. The vehicle was also carrying an aide, he said.

The prime minister was apparently not seriously hurt but was immediately transferred to a clinic in the capital, Harare, the BBC's Peter Biles in Johannesburg says.

The accident comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government, our correspondent adds.

He and his wife Susan, who were married in 1978, have six children.
source:BBC NEWS (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7929136.stm)


Sources are now saying his wife has actually died, but this has to be confirmed :(

EDIT: Confirmed,Tsvangirai's wife 'dead in crash'


Susan and Morgan Tsvangirai
Susan and Morgan Tsvangirai were south of the capital, Harare

The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash, according to reports.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband south of the capital, Harare, when the crash happened. Party sources say his injuries are slight.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

The two had been long-time rivals before agreeing a power-sharing deal.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters news agency that Mr Tsvangirai was not in a critical condition.

"We have just heard that there was an accident of sorts involving the president of the party. Injuries, yes, but not critical condition, we are still assessing the actual condition," he said.

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The prime minister is said to have been on his way to his rural home at the start of the weekend when his vehicle was involved in a crash near Beatrice.

A second MDC spokesman, James Maridadi, told the Associated Press news agency that the car had been in collision with a lorry. The car was also carrying an aide, he said.

The prime minister was apparently not seriously hurt but was immediately transferred to a clinic in the capital, Harare, the BBC's Peter Biles in Johannesburg says.

The crash comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government, our correspondent adds.

He and his wife Susan, who were married in 1978, had six children.

The BBC News website's Africa editor Jo Winter says Mrs Tsvangirai always stayed out of the limelight but was equally a source of strength to her husband, when in the past he was charged with treason and assaulted for his opposition to Mr Mugabe.

She accompanied him to court on several occasions.

There are no dual carriageways on Harare's inter-city roads, making overtaking dangerous, our correspondent adds.

Traffic accidents are common, often because of speeding and drink-driving.
source BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7929136.stm)

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Reggie
06-03-09, 16:39
I don't usually advocate conspiracy theories but I wouldn't rule out this being a set up. I knew from day one Tsvangirai was going to be targetted by Mugabe's supporters (and possibly Mugabe himself). In that sense its not a surprise. How sad that his wife ended up being the one becoming a victim. Is it still certain whether he was just lightly injured? Its often hard to tell until they're actually being treated with this kind of thing.

Mad Tony
06-03-09, 16:42
I don't usually advocate conspiracy theories but I wouldn't rule out this being a set up. I knew from day one Tsvangirai was going to be targetted by Mugabe's supporters (and possibly Mugabe himself). In that sense its not a surprise. How sad that his wife ended up being the one becoming a victim. Is it still certain whether he was just lightly injured? Its often hard to tell until they're actually being treated with this kind of thing.Same here. Mugabe seems to be doing everything he possibly can to prevent the MDC having any power.

angelfaithrox
06-03-09, 16:42
I don't usually advocate conspiracy theories but I wouldn't rule out this being a set up. I knew from day one Tsvangirai was going to be targetted by Mugabe's supporters (and possibly Mugabe himself). In that sense its not a surprise. How sad that his wife ended up being the one becoming a victim. Is it still certain whether he was just lightly injured? Its often hard to tell until they're actually being treated with this kind of thing.

That was my first thought as well to be honest.

Trigger_happy
06-03-09, 17:01
The nature of the "conflict" in the country means that this is just too perfect to be an accident. I still think the country would be a better place if Mugabe got killed. That would solve one problem. Then they could set about making everything right again.

Goose
06-03-09, 17:17
The nature of the "conflict" in the country means that this is just too perfect to be an accident.

In a country with such high inflation, fixing pot holes probably isnt high on there list of things to do.

If there was any tarmac to be holed in the first place.