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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tsvangirai: Fatal car crash genuine

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 15:30:29 GMT | PressTV

File photo of Morgan (L)
and Susan Tsvangirai
Zimbabwe's premier says that the car crash which killed his wife has been an accident after reportedly hinting that it had been planned.

"There is a one in a thousand chance that there was foul play,” said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday almost dismissing that the incident had been premeditated, African Press Agency reported.

The fatal accident took place on Friday on the highway from the capital, Harare to Masvingo where Tsvangirai and his wife, Susan, were traveling in a three-car convoy. A Semi reportedly veered off its lane hitting their middle vehicle and causing it to roll over several times.

The prime minister sustained non-threatening injuries, but lost his wife and driver.

Later, Tsvangirai told officials from his party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that the lorry had deliberately moved into their lane, LeadershipNigeria website reported.

"If there had been a police escort maybe what happened Friday could not have happened," said the MDC Secretary-General Tendai Biti speaking at a Friday press conference.

"(The) Police escort would have warned oncoming vehicles of a VIP arriving. I think authorities must understand the omission."

"We hope that this omission will be rectified, that the prime minister must be given the protection that ought to be accorded to a prime minister."

Yesterday, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in South Africa also expressed doubts.

"(We are) deeply suspicious as to the cause of the crash coming less than a month after Mr. Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister and with Mr. Tsvangirai having been a victim of multiple political assassination attempts," said the party in a statement.

Tsvangirai's row with President Robert Mugabe has been implicated in the case. The two have just set aside their differences after last year's presidential election which saw Mugabe controversially extending his 20-year-old rule over Zimbabwe.

MDC also argues that the ruling regime has done without many of his supporters in a 'systematic terror campaign'.

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