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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:08 PM
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Official: Tsvangirai believes fatal crash was deliberate (Zimbabwe)
Source: CNN

HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) -- Zimbabwe's prime minister believes the driver of the truck that struck his car, killing his wife, deliberately drove toward them, his party told CNN.

...snip...

But on Saturday, MDC members told CNN that Tsvangirai thought the crash was deliberate.

Tendai Biti, the MDC secretary-general, speaking during a tearful press conference, said Tsvangirai should have had better security.
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"If there had been a police escort maybe what happened yesterday could have not have happened," Biti said.


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/03/07/zimbabwe.tsv...



Hmm, no Government security for the nation's Prime Minister...
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:49 PM
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1. Gee, you don't actually think Mugabe would countenance such a thing, do you?
So do I.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:05 PM
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2. I'm surprised he lasted this long
Mugabe is a desperate man.
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:11 PM
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3. The wrong person was killed
she was no threat. I do believe Mugabe wanted Tsvangirai dead.
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Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:20 PM
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4. On CNN ticker: Driver tells police he fell asleep at the wheel
Mugabe visits Tsvangirai in hospital

Tsvangirai leaves hospital


And now this statement. Chilling.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:41 PM
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12. The ticker now says "Official: Tsvangirai suspects foul play".
I'm suspicious, too.
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Diclotican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:11 PM
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5. brooklynite
brooklynite

I would bet it was 99.9% Chance, that mr Mugabe should try to kill mr Tsvanirai because they was no friends. rather the opposite i would say.. It is not that long ago when the prime minister was been beating by the police, and then send to prison because of "disturbing the peace": Now he tried very hard to murder the one man who have been standing up to Mugabe for the last couple of years... This time I fear mr Mugabe have goon to far, in his trying to kill an opponent.. If I was mr Tsvangirai, I would turn the world upside down to find out what happen to my wife, and who was behind it.. And if it points to mr Mugabe... Then I would have been doing more than just play it safe.. Mr Mugabe is to old to play the role of a jungle commander even if he still believe he is fit for it...

I hope for the best, but I fear that this attempt of the prime ministers life, should end bloody, and more than possible in a civil war... Mr Mugabe have a numbered time on his head, and he know if the opposition get enough, he might have to flee fast... very fast... TO his new home at the french riveria...

Diclotican
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:21 PM
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6. Crash That Killed Zimbabwe PM's Wife Appears To Have Been Accident
07 March 2009
The Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Saturday that it is launching its own investigation into the death Friday of Mr. Tsvangirai's wife, Susan, in what it said appears to have been an accidental highway crash, while calling for improved security arrangements for the head of government.

.....Though CNN reported Saturday that an MDC official quoted Mr. Tsvangirai as saying the oncoming truck "deliberately" turned into his vehicle, initial suspicions that the collision might have been other than accidental were allayed when it was learned that the truck was carrying health materials purchased by the U.S. government for distribution in Zimbabwe.

Senior MDC officials told reporters they were not calling the crash anything but an accident but said the party was opening its own independent investigation.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti, secretary general of Mr. Tsvangirai's MDC formation, said the accident might have been avoided if Mr. Tsvangirai had been assigned a police escort.
http://www.voanews.com/english/Africa/Zimbabwe/2009-03-...
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:49 PM
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8. Ah, a Mugabe apologist shows up. Lovely.
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:52 PM
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10. I wasn't aware that Tsvangirai's own party and the British govt were Mugabe apologists.
Interesting perspective.
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:22 PM
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7. Crash that killed Tsvangirai's wife was 'a genuine accident'
Published Date: 08 March 2009
By James Tapsfield
THE road crash that killed the wife of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai appears to have been a "genuine accident", the Foreign Office said last night.
A spokeswoman for the department said the lorry that hit Tsvangirai's convoy yesterday belonged to a project that was jointly funded by the UK and US. "All indications are that this was a genuine accident," she said.

....The driver of the lorry, a Zimbabwean contractor, was also said to have admitted being asleep at the wheel. However, Tsvangirai's party, the Movement for Democratic change said yesterday it would conduct an independent investigation into the crash.

"We cannot talk of foul play until it has been proved what has really transpired," a party spokesman said.
http://news.scotsman.com/world/Crash-that-killed-Tsvang...
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:49 PM
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9. Of course, if you post the same thing twice, that makes it twice as true.
:eyes:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:36 PM
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11. I'm skeptical myself.
And with good reason.
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:53 PM
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13. Truck driver in Tsvangirai accident distraught
Walter Marwizi Sun, 08 Mar 2009 03:25:00 +0000
THE driver involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Susan Nyaradzo Tsvangirai, Prime Ministers Morgan Tsvangirais wife, was distraught and begged for forgiveness yesterday.

Chinoona Mwanda (35), who battled to stop tears streaming down his face, was distressed as he showed police how the accident happened at the 86km peg near the Ngezi turn-off. Mwanda went through the police indication process that lasted about 40 minutes, battling emotions.

Just two metres away from where he was, lay on its roof, the wreckage of the Toyota Landcruiser AAW 4478 in which the Prime Minister and wife were travelling. Its windows were shattered.

...Mwanda took part in rescuing the couple who were on their way to Buhera for an MDC rally at Murambinda Growth Point.

Afterwards the driver was taken to Featherstone Police station by officers who feared he was so disturbed that he could have committed suicide.
http://www.talkzimbabwe.com/news/117/ARTICLE/4418/2009-...
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:54 AM
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14. Indeed, it is odd how this stordy contrasts previous reports
That the MDC did not suspect an assassination attempt.
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-12-09 08:33 PM
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15. No foul play in crash that killed wife, says Zimbabwe's PM
Last Updated: Monday, March 9, 2009

Zimbabwe's prime minister ruled out foul play Monday in the March 6 car crash that killed his wife.

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/03/09/zimbabwe-crash...
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