UK Paid for Truck That Killed Tsvangirai's Wife

Party plans independent investigation into crash
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 5:44 PM CDT
Susan Tsvangirai, left, was popular with supporters of her husband's party.   (AP Photo/file)
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(Newser) – The truck that killed the wife of Zimbabwe's prime minister was funded by Britain and registered with US officials in Harare, the Times of London reports. The driver, who said he had dozed off, was transporting anti-HIV drugs when he crashed into a vehicle carrying Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife. Now Tsvangirai's party is demanding a probe, and activists are crying coup attempt.

“If there had been a police escort, what happened would not have happened,” a party official said. President Robert Mugabe's men could have bribed the driver, said an activist: “This is how they killed their opponents in the 1980s." Mugabe supporters have allegedly planned car crashes before. Now Tsvangirai, who suffered neck and head injuries, is under pressure to resume his political duties.