Mugabe-led hit? With US complicity?
Posted by Charles II on March 9, 2009
Your guess is as good as mine, but it’s alarming that a truck driven by a US agency nearly killed the PM of an African nation.
Daniel Howden, London Independent:
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, left hospital in Harare yesterday and flew to Botswana for further treatment as his party called for an independent inquiry into Friday’s fatal crash that killed his wife.
US authorities have confirmed to officials from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that the truck that hit the premier’s car, causing it to roll three times, was carrying Aids drugs donated by the American government. It was driven by a local contractor.
“There is no evidence at this stage of wrongdoing, but we are demanding an independent inquiry into the circumstances of the crash,” a senior MDC member, Eddie Cross, told The Independent on Sunday. The party said it would accept an investigative team from neighbouring South Africa. However, a number of questions remain to be answered, amid continuing speculation that the Prime Minister, who joined his bitter political rival Robert Mugabe in an uneasy “unity” government last month, was the victim of an assassination attempt.
The 56-year-old was travelling to his rural home south of Harare in a convoy of three vehicles late on Friday afternoon. His own security detail in the lead vehicle saw the USAID truck pass driving normally. However, it then veered into the oncoming lane, and would have hit Mr Tsvangirai’s vehicle head on, had the Prime Minister’s driver not taken evasive action. The truck struck the rear of his vehicle, flipping it and killing Mr Tsvangirai’s wife Susan.
A local farmer contacted by MDC security reached the scene outside the town of Beatrice before the police and took photographs of the crash site. When police arrived, they arrested him and confiscated both still and video cameras. All three vehicles were later removed from the roadside, and the Zimbabwean truck driver was yesterday placed in “protective custody”, further raising suspicions.
The crash comes after a fortnight in which there have been three separate incidents of senior MDC members or their allies being involved in suspicious car accidents. In each case, both front tyres of the new vehicles in which they were travelling blew out unexpectedly.
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