- Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has maintained that last Friday car crash that took his wife’s life was a mere accident, he told thousands of mourners at his home in the country’s capital Harare today.
Mr Tsvangirai’s wife Susan, died in a car crash last Friday, 50 Kilometers from the capital Harare when their vehicle collided with an aid lorry as they were traveling to their rural home for a weekend.
Mr Tsvangirai said there were minimal chances of foul play, dismissing rumours of a planned assassination by the ruling Zanu-PF regime. "When something happens, there is always speculation but I want to say in this case, if there was any foul play, it was one in a thousand," Mr Tsvangirai said.
A memorial service in honour of Susan Tsvangirai will be held Tuesday on Mr Tsvangirai’s 57th birthday. The funeral will take place on Wednesday at Buhera, her rural home.
Mr Tsvangirai who has traveled to Botswana, just a day after the Friday accident said he had returned to Harare to resume his duties in Zimbabwe's unity government because that is what his wife would have wanted.
“It is painful for us but we have to look forward, because she would have wanted us to continue moving on," Mr Tsvangirai said.
Mr Tsvangirai's party has called for an investigation into Friday's crash and has questioned the security measures for the prime minister. The PM reportedly traveled without escort.
Mrs Tsvangirai who was not a newsmaker, married Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister in 1978, and they had six children. She was seen on several occasion accompanying her husband during the run to elections when he was charged with treason.
Mrs Tsvangirai death comes, just less than a month after her husband was sworn in as Prime Minister into the unity government with president Robert Mugabe. The unity government was formed after a dispute over the presidential election nearly a year ago.
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