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Zimbabwe PM's wife dies in crash
Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai in Harare, March 2006
Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai had been married for 31 years

The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in which he was also slightly hurt, party officials say.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband south of the capital, Harare, when the crash happened.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

Mr Mugabe has reportedly visited his former long-term rival in hospital.

Zimbabwean journalist Brian Hungwe told the BBC that both the president and his wife Grace had gone to the clinic in Harare where Mr Tsvangirai is being treated.

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Hungwe said he had been told that Mr Tsvangirai, who will turn 57 next week, was in a stable condition but in a state of shock.

The prime minister is said to have been on his way to his rural home in Buhera, where he planned to hold a weekend rally, when his vehicle was involved in a crash near Beatrice.

A spokesman for Mr Tsvangirai, James Maridadi, told the AFP news agency: "The prime minister was travelling to Murambinda [in Buhera district] at about 1600 hours when his vehicle was involved in an accident with a haulage truck.

"The vehicle in which the prime minister was travelling rolled over about three times with its four occupants."

The AFP quoted an MDC minister as saying the driver of the lorry had been asleep at the wheel.

'Source of strength'

The crash comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government.

He and his wife Susan, who married in 1978, had six children.

A look at the important role Susan Tsvangirai played in her husband's life

The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says that Mrs Tsvangirai was very discreet and stayed out of the limelight, but was a very important part of her husband's life.

She was a great source of strength to her husband when in the past he was charged with treason and assaulted for his opposition to Mr Mugabe, and sat through all his treason trial, our correspondent says.

She also made a point of visiting MDC members who were jailed while the party was in opposition, he adds.

Her death comes at a very challenging time for the fledgling power-sharing government, our correspondent says, and will only make matters more complicated.

Mr Tsvangirai still relied on his own security teams and used his own convoys when he travelled, he adds, in a sign that he was not entirely comfortable with the security provided by the new government.

Tense relations

Relations between the MDC and Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party remain tense, with MDC ministerial nominee Roy Bennett still in custody, accused of links to an alleged plot to kill Mr Mugabe.

The MDC says the arrest - which happened on the day MDC ministers joined the power-sharing government - is a political manoeuvre by hard-line supporters of Mr Mugabe to destabilise the unity administration.

State television made no mention of the crash in its two evening news bulletins, the Associated Press news agency reports.

There are no dual carriageways on Harare's inter-city roads, making overtaking dangerous, the BBC News website's Africa editor Joseph Winter adds.

Traffic accidents are common, often because of speeding and drink-driving, he says.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 02:14:26 PM »
I don't know much about Zimbabwe but it seems that over the last few months the NWO has been trying to take down Zimbabwe.  But why?  What does Zimbabwe have that the globalists want?
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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009, 02:20:54 PM »
Possible motives:
I don't think Mugabe's motives need any explanation.
How about foreign involvement?

Tsvirangai wanted to rebuild the economy:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7885343.stm
imbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has declared that his first priority will be to fix the country's basket-case economy.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's battles are only about to begin

It is a challenge of biblical proportions - even when leaving aside the problems of sharing power with President Robert Mugabe.

"The expenditure needs of government stretch from the North Pole to the South Pole while its revenue options are as terse as the shortest verse in the Bible - 'Jesus wept'," observes the All Africa news service.

With most of Zimbabwe's schools and hospitals closed, its roads and sewers in tatters, and with at least eight in 10 people out of work, there is no shortage of areas where expenditure can be clocked up.

But raising the cash is a trickier task.

Take Mr Tsvangirai's first promise to his people, that "every health worker, teacher, soldier and policeman will receive their pay in foreign currency until we are able to stabilise the economy".

Doing so would make sense, given that the US dollar and the South African rand have become the de facto currencies in Zimbabwe, with most shops refusing to accept the Zimbabwean currency as payment.

This has rendered the salaries currently paid to civil servants pretty much worthless.

In turn, many have been forced to seek an alternative income, whether from other jobs or by turning to corruption, while others have simply left the country.

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The question is not whether civil servants should be paid in a currency that will pay for their food, but rather where the government will get the money from.

   
Gold digger in Zimbabwe
The impact on Zimbabwe has been particularly severe
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Profile: Finance Minister Tendai Biti

Unlike many other African nations which receive aid from wealthy nations, Zimbabwe saw the International Monetary Fund turn off the taps a decade ago.

Donors, led by the US and the European Union (EU), have said they will neither ease economic sanctions nor provide development assistance until it is clear that Mr Tsvangirai has truly managed to wrestle power from President Robert Mugabe.

First, the EU would want to see "tangible signs of respect for human rights, the rule of law, and macro-economic stabilisation", it said in a statement.

"We'll just have to wait and see," agreed US State Department spokesman Robert Wood, calling for evidence of "good governance and particularly real, true power-sharing on the part of Robert Mugabe".

Direct investment into Zimbabwe from abroad has also all but collapsed, which leaves the government with just one way to get hold of foreign currency, namely exporting.

Severe impact

In the recent past, more than half its export earnings have been generated by its platinum, gold, ferrochrome and nickel mines.

   
It would not work unless Zimbabwe accepted that South Africa would control its economy, which would make it virtually a province of South Africa
Azar Jammine, senior economist at Econometrix

In recent months, these earnings have plummeted as global prices for precious metals have slumped, with some mining companies mothballing operations till demand picks up again.

"The impact on Zimbabwe has been particularly severe, " according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

"All four sectors are in serious trouble, partly because of the global downturn but also the collapse of basic infrastructure, especially electricity and water supplies."

Zimbabwe's other foreign currency earner, agriculture, is a shadow of its former self after the wholesale looting of farms by Mr Mugabe's cronies during the early 2000s, when productive and profitable farms were either actively wrecked or left to rot.

These days they do not even produce enough to feed the country's starving population.

"Seven million people are in need of food aid"," says Mr Tsvangirai, so it is clear that significant export earnings from agriculture are out of the question.

The country no longer has a tourism industry to speak of, and it could take years before visitor numbers pick up.

Indeed, to make Zimbabwe attractive to tourists, the country's deadly HIV/Aids and cholera epidemics will need to be tackled and the rule of law must be re-established.

'Unhelpful and unacceptable'

With little scope for raising sufficient foreign currency from exports, another solution has been put forward.

Zimbabwe should adopt the South African rand as its currency, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has suggested.

Cholera patients
Zimbabwe's suffering people should not expect quick relief

But there are plenty of sceptics.

"It would mean that Zimbabwe would have to follow very different policies than what they've followed up to now," says Rudolph Gouws, chief economist at Rand Merchant Bank.

"This would require Zimbabwe to give up its monetary and exchange rate policy sovereignty," observes Alide Dasnois, economist with the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Such a move would also leave Zimbabwe with "a very tight fiscal space in which to manoeuvre and pull itself out of its misery", he reasons in an article in the Cape Times.

And as the rand would be overvalued relative to Zimbabwe's situation it would "destroy the competitiveness of its exports" and hence remove any chance of an export-led recovery, he continues.

As such, adopting the rand would "paint Zimbabwe into a corner in its bid to revive its economy", though this is not the main reason why it is an unlikely scenario.

"It would not work unless Zimbabwe accepted that South Africa would control its economy, which would make it virtually a province of South Africa," adds Azar Jammine, senior economist at Econometrix.

Mr Mugabe in particular would resist any dilution of Zimbabwe's sovereignty, while Mr Tsvangirai would see it as "an attempt by South Africa to be party to the agreement via the back door", Mr Lwanda reasons, insisting that adopting the rand would be "unhelpful and politically unacceptable" to Zimbabwe.

Political battle

An economic solution to Zimbabwe's woes is clearly not forthcoming at this stage, so expect Mr Tsvangirai to focus on his political battles.

He will have to fight on two fronts.

At home he will need to make the power sharing agreement with Mr Mugabe work.

While on the international arena he will need to convince both government leaders and investors that he has truly established himself as the nation's genuine leader.

Only then will sanctions be lifted and both aid money and inward investment begin to flow.

Without such input from the international community, there is little hope that Zimbabwe's economy can begin to recover and the country's humanitarian crisis be brought to an end.

Tsvangirai opposed military invasion:
http://www.thezimbabwetimes.com/?p=8992

Most importantly: Tsvangirai came out 2 days earlier, opposing the sanctions the Western world is using to destroy Zimbabwe:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE52333B20090304?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai calls for end to sanctions
HARARE (Reuters) - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday made his first call for an end to Western sanctions on Zimbabwe.

"I therefore urge the international community to recognise our efforts and note the progress that we make in this regard and to match our progress by moving towards the removal of restrictive measures," he said in his maiden speech to parliament.

The US/UK don't like Mugabe and want him out at any cost, because he's helping the Chinese. They seemed to support Tsvangirai at first, but now he formed a coalition government with Mugabe and they won't accept that. They ignore Tsvangirai's views, and just continue the sanctions:
Obama extends Zimbabwe sanctions for 1 year
http://www.zimbio.com/+Morgan+Tsvangirai/articles/610/Obama+extends+Zimbabwe+sanctions+1+year
Mar-5-09 11:35am
From:  www.ap.org

President Barack Obama has extended for another year U.S. sanctions that target Zimbabwe's president and others linked to him, saying some people are continuing to undermine the country's democratic processes.

The White House issued the notice on Wednesday, the same day that Zimbabwe's former opposition leader called for an end to political oppression and police violence in his first parliamentary address as prime minister.

Former President George W. Bush first imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2003, then expanded them in 2005 and 2008. The sanctions target scores of people and companies linked to President Robert Mugabe with travel bans and asset freezes.

Obama extended the ban because "the actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States," according to a White House statement.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since its 1980 independence from Britain, blames Western sanctions for Zimbabwe's economic collapse. But the longtime opposition party blames mismanagement and corruption by Mugabe's party.

Zimbabwe's inflation is the world's highest and has left most of its people dependent on foreign handouts, and a cholera outbreak has killed more than 3,800 people since August.

Mugabe and longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai formed a unity government earlier this year after months of negotiations. It leaves Mugabe as president, but it remains unclear how much authority Tsvangirai will wield as prime minister.

The U.S. has said it could not support a power-sharing deal that left Mugabe as president.

Now these are all just motives. They're not evidence, but we need to stay on top of this. It's not just any country where this happened, it's a country that's an enemy to the NWO.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2009, 02:22:49 PM »
I don't know much about Zimbabwe but it seems that over the last few months the NWO has been trying to take down Zimbabwe.  But why?  What does Zimbabwe have that the globalists want?

Africa has the largest untapped oil and coal on the planet......
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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2009, 02:31:10 PM »
I don't know much about Zimbabwe but it seems that over the last few months the NWO has been trying to take down Zimbabwe.  But why?  What does Zimbabwe have that the globalists want?
Resources. More specifically, resources that are going to China instead of to the US/UK. Africa has always been theirs, they're not going to let the Chinese take it from them. Some articles:

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http://www.abc.net.au/ra/programguide/stories/200804/s2206956.htm
LAM: And Dr Dorwood with an economy as dysfunctional as Zimbabwe's doesn't it become increasingly difficult to do any meaningful business with Zimbabwe. So what does this give the Chinese?

DORWOOD: Well you see Zimbabwe is a major producer of things like platinum and platinum is a catalyst in the refracting of oil. China has an energy problem, it wants to you know process its own oil therefore it has to have a secure source for platinum. China has strategic investments in Zimbabwe, those are going to persist irrespective of the government.

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By many accounts, China has become one of Zimbabwe's most important foreign investors, following the exodus of Western multinationals in the mid-1990s as a result of the worsening political and security situation in the wake of the seizure of white-owned farms. Last month, China's ambassador to Zimbabwe said a Chinese company was seriously exploring the possibility of investing $500-million (U.S.) for electricity generation in Zimbabwe. This comes on the heels of discussions between the two countries on expanding bilateral trade and investments.

In the past two years, China has thrown Zimbabwe's disintegrating economy a lifeline with energy and mining deals, reportedly worth more than $1.6-billion. It was reported that these deals gave China access to Zimbabwe's precious mineral resources, including the world's second- largest deposits of platinum, as well as gold, chrome, coal, nickel and diamonds. These major investment projects included the construction of three coal-fired thermal power stations to assist the state power company, which was cutting customers' electricity for seven hours a day. It also included a deal with the China Machine-Building International Corp. to mine coal and build thermal-powered generators in Zimbabwe, with the aim of reducing the country's electricity shortage.

Indeed, Beijing's economic support for Harare remains strong and, through its efforts, China has secured the contracts to develop Zimbabwe's agricultural, mineral and hydroelectric resources. Tobacco counts amongst Zimbabwe's top exports, and China is Zimbabwe's largest importer. China has made large investments in the country's tobacco production and processing industry, and also has injected more than $200-million into Zimbabwe's farming, manufacturing and mining sectors. China supplies Zimbabwe with expertise, technical assistance and agricultural equipment. Chinese investors also helped Zimbabwe process tobacco into cigarettes and export them as finished products. And investors and a local company undertook a joint venture in the form of a large cement factory in Gweru to meet the national demand for cement.
Now many will without a doubt think: "David... China is the New World Order model, stop covering up for the Chinese"
That is true, but that doesn't mean they like seeing China take over the world. For more information about the cold war going on against the Alliance of China and Russia see:
The plan to break up Russia and China:
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=58647.0

It's a fact that the Chinese presence in Zimbabwe being attacked by Israel:
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=84535.0
Israel is funding the specific rebel group that is specifically targetting the Chinese presence in Sudan.
I hope this helps explain their interest in Zimbabwe.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009, 02:40:47 PM »
This has been brewing for a long time now. It could still be any group behind this, from Mugabe's cronies to the British, but what is looking less likely to me now is an accident, but I'll let you decide that for yourselves.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-158470/Britain-offered-finance-Mugabe-assassination--court-told.html
Britain offered to finance Mugabe assassination - court told
A controversial political consultant told the treason trial of Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that he was asked to help arrange a coup and the killing of President Robert Mugabe.

He said he was told the British government had offered to finance the £6 million operation.

Ari Ben Menashe, who said he was a former Israeli intelligence agent who had once worked undercover in Zimbabwe with the approval of Mugabe's government, said he decided to set up a sting operation to record evidence against Tsvangirai.

Ben Menashe testified the opposition Movement for Democratic Change told him it wanted to pay £6 million million to the Zimbabwe Air Force commander, Air Marshal Perence Shiri, to lead a coup.

The charges stem from a videotape secretly recorded by Ben Menashe during a meeting with Tsvangirai in Montreal in December 2001.

Tsvangirai and two senior party colleagues, Welshman Ncube and Rensen Gasela, have denied plotting to kill Mugabe, arguing they were framed to weaken the opposition. They face the death penalty if convicted.

The opposition leaders contend they were set up by Ben Menashe. Both the defence and the independent Zimbabwe Mass Media Monitoring Project has said the videotapes have been heavily edited. A timer that appears in the broadcast version of the tapes also indicates they have been edited.

Ben Menashe, in his testimony, said Tsvangirai said sources in the British government would provide the money to finance the coup. He said Shiri, the air force commander, was later cleared of any involvement.

At two meetings with Tsvangirai said he wanted Mugabe killed, Ben Menashe told the High Court in Harare.

At the first, Tsvangirai allegedly said: "Mugabe will not leave office unless he is carried out in coffin ... he has to be killed, it has to look like an accident and nothing to do with the MDC," Ben Menashe testified.

Tsvangirai had allegedly called for "the real action to take place," leading to a coup d'etat, he said. Ben Menashe, head of the Montreal consulting firm Dickens and Madson, said Tsvangirai left "no confusion in my mind" over the plot to assassinate Mugabe.

Mugabe survives assassination plot

Mugabeincar Two men die in a crash involving the President's motorcade, in what security forces believe was an attempted assassination

President Robert Mugabe's motorcade - notorious for its strict security procedures and high-speed travel - came to a sudden halt in Harare today when a mystery vehicle evaded outriders and guards before smashing into a security vehicle. Both drivers died at the scene.

The incident happened on Harare's Seventh Street, only a few hundred metres from the official residence of the Zimbabwean President. Mugabe was unhurt, and continued his journey to the airport, where he left for a diplomatic visit to Mozambique.

Officers of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and the Presidential Guards, Mugabe's personal security men, remained at the scene and cordoned off the area. Tipped off by a CIO source, I arrived minutes later, and was able to see the two body bags and the damaged vehicles.

My source told me that many CIO operatives are convinced that this was a deliberate attempt to kill Mugabe by crashing his vehicle - a method of assassination not unknown in Southern Africa.

He pointed out:  "No motorist in his right mind would get mixed up with the Mugabe motorcade. It has happened in the past, and each time the driver was caught and beaten up by our guys. In any case, a squad of four motorcycle outriders lead the way, each driving a distance of 30 to 45 seconds apart. You might miss one, but not all of them. To say nothing of the wailing sirens. Then there are three security vehicles before you get to Mugabe himself."

The rogue vehicle - a Mazda 323 - evaded all the riders and the first guard car, before smashing into the second. The identity of the dead driver is being kept a strict secret.

There is also a black-out on any news here about the incident. When I called the Minister of Information, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, he disconnected without a comment. Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga just said: "I don't know anything about that," before ringing off.

Remarkably, in a country where road wrecks can lie around on the sides of the road for weeks, all evidence that the crash had occurred was removed from the scene within one hour.

Zimbabwe military 'plotted' Tsvangirai assassination

May 19, 2008

NAIROBI (AFP) — A top official of Zimbabwe's opposition party on Monday accused the government's military intelligence of plotting to assassinate its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

"President Robert Mugabe and his cronies are natural killers," Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) told AFP during a visit to Nairobi.

"They have been killing our people since 1980 and now Mugabe's military intelligence has compiled a list of 36 to 40 people to be assasinated. Top of the list are our leader Morgan Tsvangirai, myself and our spokesman Nelson Chamisa," he said.



May 17, 2008 -- Updated 1451 GMT (2251 HKT)
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/05/17/zimbabwe/index.html

Mugabe rival fears 'assassination' plot
 (CNN) -- Zimbabwe's opposition leader has canceled his return to Harare from South Africa after receiving information from a "credible source" about what his party said was a planned assassination.
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But when contacted by CNN, a Cabinet member denied that the government had any possible role in the alleged plot, and said Saturday's report was an effort to gain international sympathy.

"We have received information from a credible source concerning a planned assassination attempt on President Tsvangirai today," George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for his party, the Movement for Democratic Change, told The Associated Press.

"Because of that it has been decided that the president will not return today."

An MDC statement released to CNN added: "We are not in a position to say whether this threat concerns actions of the state or a non-state actor.

"It should be noted that Mr. Tsvangirai is not the only person under threat at the moment. The entire leadership of the MDC, leaders of democratic forces within the country and every Zimbabwean is at risk from this brutal regime.

"In light of this information, and on the strong recommendation of Tsvangirai's security adviser, it has been decided that the president will not return to Zimbabwe today.

"This will enable his security detail more time to analyze and mitigate the risk."

Chen Chimutengwende, Zimbabwe's minister of public and interactive affairs, accused Tsvangirai of "trying to paint a false picture of what Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe authorities are like. There is no plot against him and there has never been any plot against him and he knows that."

He called the reports from Tsvangirai's party "an effort to get sympathy from the international community."

Tsvangirai won more votes that President Robert Mugabe in the presidential election on March 29, but he did not garner enough votes to avoid a runoff, now set for June 27.

The MDC contends Tsvangirai won the election with 50.3 percent of the vote, giving him the necessary majority. The party argued that the Electoral Commission, which delayed publicly releasing the results for weeks, had fudged the numbers to protect Mugabe.

At a party meeting Friday, Mugabe said Zanu-PF must work hard to "repair the damage" suffered in the election.

"Most people stayed at home and that sleeping vote is what we must target and arouse. It is our vote. It is loyal to us ... let us galvanize it for an emphatic victory," the state Herald newspaper quoted him as saying Saturday.

"We went to the election completely unprepared, unorganized ... our structures went to sleep, we were in deep slumber in circumstances of all-out war. As leaders we all share the blame. We did not lead, we misled, we did not encourage, rather we discouraged, we did not unite, we divided ... Hence the dismal result we were landed with," Mugabe said.

He said the opposition was backed by "a hostile axis of powerful foreign governments" and international businesses aiming to promote their interests in Zimbabwe.
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"Our party must reclaim its glory so its leaders can hand over the revolution to new hands who must ensure continuity of the party," the Herald quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said no more international observers would be allowed for the runoff, the state Herald reported, dismissing calls for extra monitors, The Associated Press reported.

Since the balloting, the MDC and church groups have reported kidnappings, torture and other violence, including the deaths of 25 opposition party members.

They say the violence targets opponents of Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African country since it became independent 28 years ago.

Amnesty International warned Thursday that the violence in Zimbabwe is reaching "crisis levels." The organization said large numbers of Zanu-PF supporters and war veterans are "assaulting perceived MDC supporters" in a district in Midlands province in central Zimbabwe and in another in a Mashonaland Central district, in the northern corner of the country.

The war veterans were "recruiting local youths to attack" people thought to be MDC supporters, Amnesty International said. "Police appear to be unwilling to stop the violence," the organization said, and they were "only acting to arrest MDC supporters suspected of carrying out attacks on perceived Zanu-PF supporters."

In addition to the 25 MDC supporters the opposition group says have been killed since the March election, church groups have reported the deaths of eight people at the hands of militias in an apparent crackdown on the opposition and its supporters.
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Amnesty International put the death toll slightly lower, saying at least 22 people had been killed since the election. More than 900 have been injured, the organization said.

On Friday, Tsvangirai appeared confident that he would win the runoff. "We will triumph over the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe," he promised, calling on African countries to assist Zimbabwe in achieving a smooth transition of power.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009, 02:55:22 PM »
News from Zimbabwe Updated Daily - Obama has sanctions on the country, so you know the Elite are attacking the people there.
http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/
Don't believe me. Look it up yourself!

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009, 03:10:40 PM »
News from Zimbabwe Updated Daily - Obama has sanctions on the country, so you know the Elite are attacking the people there.
http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/
That's right. In fact, Tsvangirai asked the Western world to stop it's sanctions two days ago. Yes, exactly two days ago. He said in the same speech that he would work together with Mugabe to bring an end to the instability of Zimbabwe:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090304/wl_nm/us_zimbabwe_crisis
Mugabe has been accused of trying to murder Tsvangirai before.
The question is why would Mugabe murder him, risking unrest and further chaos in the country? Especially at this point, 2 days after Tsvangirai started to align more with Mugabe and less with the West (Tsvangirai first supported sanctions, he now opposes them).

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2009, 03:17:49 PM »
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/03/06/zimbabwe.tsvangirai.accident/index.html
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN)  -- Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife, Susan, was killed Friday in a car wreck that also left him injured, according to senior officials with his party.
Tsvangirai and his wife Susan were en route to the prime minister's hometown of Buhera.

Tsvangirai and his wife Susan were en route to the prime minister's hometown of Buhera.

President Robert Mugabe visited Tsvangirai -- his long-time political rival -- at a Harare hospital, according to a reporter at the scene.

Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, took office last month under a power-sharing deal with Mugabe following a contentious election.

Tsvangirai's aide and driver also were injured in the head-on collision with a large truck, according to Tsvangirai's spokesman, James Maridadi.

All four were taken to the hospital but the conditions of the driver and aide were not immediately known.

State media reported Tsvangirai suffered head and neck injuries but his Movement for Democratic Change party has not confirmed that.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told CNN he spoke to Tsvangirai at the hospital and he was in a "relatively stable" condition.

He added: "We are still trying to examine the extent of the impact of this tragedy in terms of human life."

Chamisa would neither confirm nor deny reports from other MDC officials that Susan Tsvangirai died in the wreck, which he described as "very serious."

The collision happened on the Harare-Masvingo Road as Tsvangirai and his wife headed to his hometown of Buhera, south of the capital, Harare, his spokesman said. Video Watch more about the accident »

The MDC reached a power-sharing agreement with Mugabe in September after months of angry dispute that included violence.

More than 200 deaths, mainly those of opposition supporters, were reported leading up to and in the aftermath of the election.

And the political atmosphere remains acrimonious after the MDC's choice to be deputy agriculture minister was arrested.

One analyst who studies the region said the circumstances behind the crash could "exacerbate" the fragile unity government.

"There will undoubtedly be suspicions about the cause of the crash and whether there was foul play involved," according to Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

"At a time when there needs to be confidence-building measures, this incident potentially raises suspicions and undermines the potential for greater cohesion of the government. (There is) huge potential for the agreement to be manipulated by Mugabe."

Chamisa said it was too early to determine if foul play may have been behind Friday's wreck, which he called an accident.

Cooke described Susan Tsvangirai as "an example of the quiet fortitude of the Zimbabwean people throughout the duration of the country's crisis and collapse."

"She stood by her husband for over 30 years," Cooke said. "She's watched him be beaten and imprisoned. Now at this somewhat hopeful moment where her husband has been sworn in as prime minister, it's unfortunate she doesn't ultimately get to see an end to the crisis."

Tsvangirai and Susan, who were married in 1978, have six children, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Last month, she told a BBC affiliate that the past decade had been an "endurance test" for her husband and his MDC colleagues.
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"People went through hell, but they stuck to their ideals to seek change through democratic means," she said. "This was a struggle that we endured with MDC cadres, activists, supporters and peace-loving Zimbabweans.

"To them I say thank you so much for the support they gave the MDC to reach this momentous period."

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009, 09:24:22 AM »
Morgan Tsvangirai's wife 'killed by US aid truck'
The wife of Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean prime minister, was killed after the car she was travelling in with her husband collided with a US aid lorry, it has been reported.


By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
Last Updated: 12:08PM GMT 07 Mar 2009

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/4952747/Morgan-Tsvangirais-wife-killed-by-US-aid-truck.html


 Morgan Tsvangirai in hospital  Photo: SKYNEWS
The wreckage of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's vehicle is pictured south of the capital Harare
The wreckage of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's vehicle is pictured south of the capital Harare Photo: REUTERS
Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Susan has been killed in a car crash
Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Susan has been killed in a car crash Photo: AP

Mr Tsvangirai may be discharged from hospital on Saturday, doctors said, less than 24 hours after he was injured in the car crash which killed his wife, Susan.

The Movement for Democratic Change leader has been fitted with a neck-brace and has minor head injuries and chest pains, but is able to sit up and talk from his hospital bed.

Dr Douglas Gwatidzo, head of casualty at the private clinic in Harare where Mr Tsvangirai, 56, is being treated, said: "We might release him today or tomorrow".

Mrs Tsvangirai, 50, died at the scene of the accident, on the main road leading south from the capital. Her husband is said to be "very devastated" by her death.

MDC party officials have called for an investigation into the circumstances of the crash, at 4pm on Friday. The couple's Toyota Landcruiser rolled three times after it was hit by a lorry which is understood to have swerved into their path to avoid a pothole.

ABC News in the United States cited unnamed US officials as saying the truck belonged to a contractor working for the US and British governments.

The truck, which had a USAID insignia on it, was purchased by US government funds and its driver was hired by a British development agency, the report said. USAID stands for the US Agency for International Development.

State media in Zimbabwe had earlier reported that the lorry involved in the incident belonged to the US government aid organisation, USAID, and was carrying Aids medicines to Harare. A US Embassy official in the capital confirmed that the vehicle had been contracted to USAID.

This may help calm fears that foul play was involved. There have been several attempts on Mr Tsvangirai's life in the past few years. Other senior figures who have crossed the Zimbabwean regime have been injured or killed in suspicious road accidents.

However, rumours flew around the country, and its million-strong diaspora, on Friday night that the accident was in fact an assassination attempt on the prime minister, who was sworn in as co-leader of a unity government with President Robert Mugabe just three weeks ago.

There is still huge mistrust between both sides of the fledgling coalition.

Movement for Democratic Change leaders in neighbouring South Africa said they suspected the head on collision with a lorry which left Prime Minister Mr Tsvangirai injured and his wife Susan dead was not a genuine accident.

In a statement released on Friday night, they said: "We suspect that this is not a genuine accident and we appeal to Zimbabweans in South Africa to remain calm as facts continue to surface.

"We strongly believe that these are the evil acts of a few individuals bent on derailing the progress of the Inclusive government.

"We are, however, alive to the fact that a lot of Robert Mugabe's opponents died in suspicion road accidents involving army trucks."

Mr and Mrs Tsvangirai had been married for 31 years and had six children. Although she preferred to stay out of the limelight and was not herself politically active, Mrs Tsvangirai provided vital support for her husband, bringing him food in prison after his police beatings and nursing him back to health afterwards.

The demur Mrs Tsvangirai was also at her husband's side when he was sworn in last month, cutting a very different figure to Mr Mugabe's extrovert wife Grace who appeared at the ceremony in a lurid leopard skin dress.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 09:40:26 AM »
Alright, case closed: Another botched assasination attempt by the CIA, because Tsvangirai wanted to work together with Mugabe and wanted the sanctions to stop. Read the links between USAID and the CIA:

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/septiembre/mar23/usaid.html
USAID, key weapon in dirty war on
Latin America

BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD

• IN a statement drafted in scrupulously selected terms and circulated with exceptional discretion, the so-called U.S. Aid for International Development (USAID) has publicly confessed to having squandered taxpayers’ money in its dirty war on Cuba.

It did so in the face of warnings by certain scandalized congress members and the embarrassing revelations of audits related to its counterrevolutionary groups regaled with tens of millions from its enormous budget.

The USAID is the same U.S. federal agency charged with fomenting subversion and espionage in Cuba to the tune of tens of millions, and which the Bush administration has just proposed to the island as the intermediary in a hypocritical and reduced offer of humanitarian aid in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

With unusual candor, carefully calibrated by its legal advisers, the USAID has finally acknowledged that successive audits of its Cuba Program on the part of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2006 and its own Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 2007 pointed to serious mismanagement of its subsidies.

The USAID text, dated July 18 and signed by Stephen Driesler, deputy administrative assistant, confirms the total cynicism of this privileged apparatus in the dirty war being waged by the U.S. administration not only on Cuba, but on Latin America as a whole.

While it acknowledges its total irresponsibility in managing public funds supposedly directed to international humanitarian aid, it also attempts to conceal the criminal activities of many CIA operatives.

The document states, in general, that auditors found internal control problems both in USAID’s handling of subsidies and the capacity of the subsidiaries.

Of course, it does not mention that the scandal of successive cases of corruption in that organization –Frank Calzón alone, from the Center for a Free Cuba, was responsible for the disappearance of $500,000 – was so extensive that it prompted the untimely exit of the aptly named Adolfo Franco, top official for Latin America, and his right-hand man for Cuba, David Mutchler, both involved up to their necks in the fraud.

In noting how the Democracy Support Group (GAD) has just acknowledged that one of its employees used a credit card belonging to this pseudo-NGO for personal expenses, the statement is trying to minimize the extension of the fraud attributed to this beneficiary of its generosity.

Likewise, it avoids any reference to Freedom House, one of its most strategic subsidiaries, which taught Calzón the art of disappearing funds. A CIA and State Department front, Freedom House is famous for having sustained cover operations in Central America for many years, against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, as well as backing the ARENA Party in El Salvador and his death squads.

NOT JUST IN CUBA, BUT ALL OVER LATIN AMERICA

USAID’s public confession, put out for fear of some scrupulous congress member having an attack of nerves, leads one to notice more and more clearly how this agency is combining its actions throughout Latin America with the rest of imperial network of interference.

Dozens of its agents operate in the shadow of right-wing organizations, invented according to circumstances and sponsored by the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Freedom House itself and a whole series of fronts, always under CIA directives.

Created in 1961 with apparently legitimate ends, the USAID is officially dependent on the State Department, with a budget of $850 million per annum.

It currently has agents in 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean where it is operating, and many other strategic operations in various parts of the world.

In Haiti, the USAID is among a number of U.S. agencies that organized, directed and funded Haitian political organizations to provoke the kidnapping and grotesque eviction of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

In Venezuela, the agency was scandalously active in backing and financing the sectors responsible for the coup of April 11, 2002.

The uninterrupted squandering of the funds of USAID and its subsidiaries with coup-inspired operations is already in excess of $15 million, via the funding of hundreds of groups and mini-groups aligned with the U.S. embassy.

In Bolivia, the USAID program is focused on the country’s Balkanization and the funding of violent activities against the authority of the president. A few weeks ago, various farmers’ federations and five municipalities in the Cochabamba region, expelled agents from this organization after exposing their involvement in plotting a coup d’état.

CAVE OF KILLERS

The USAID has an extremely long history in Bolivia that illustrates the total falsity of its humanitarian pretensions.

In 1971, the CIA organized an assassination attempt on President Fidel Castro, taking advantage of the Cuban leader’s visit to Chile. This plot was put in the charge of an old buddy, Antonio Veciana.

This Alpha 66 terrorist, an accomplice in the Kennedy assassination, was then working in Bolivia, in the U.S. embassy as a USAID official.

Among the most repellent pages in the history of that U.S. organization in Latin America, it should be recalled how Dan Anthony Mitrione, a U.S. instructor in torture techniques, turned up in Uruguay with USAID credentials at the end of the 70s to train police for a secret program directed at destroying left-wing forces in all of Latin America.

By confessing that it lost control of its finances some time ago, the USAID is covering up the odious nature of the sum of its activities. Faithful executor of CIA plots, fervent collaborator in the secret plans of the State Department, the U.S. development agency is one of the empire’s principal weapons in maintaining its dominion over what it has been used to designating as its backyard.

Until the peoples of the continent, like in Cochabamba, decided that the times of interference were over.

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 09:42:19 AM »
USAID tried to kill Tsvangirai didn't want to serve as the excuse for Britain and the US to destroy the country:
The CIA/USAID connection in Laos, late 1960's
http://www.hanitzotz.com/challenge/58/pangos.htm
T. Hunter Wilson, who teaches at Marlboro College in Vermont, wrote a paper in 1997 called "Whose Secret War? Secret From Whom?", describing his experiences in Laos from 1969 until 1971. As an American conscientious objector, Wilson did his alternative service there with International Voluntary Services (IVS). His paper is replete with references to the ways in which the CIA and USAID worked together during this secret war. Here are two examples:
The US intensified the bombing of Laos in 1968. "Not publicly known at that point was that the CIA had within USAID a large contingent of agents, many of them military men in mufti, known cynically as the Rural Development Annex. This group provided the Royal Lao Army with everything from shoelaces to weaponry to intelligence, and maintained in addition its own small forces of 'counterinsurgency' troops." ("Whose Secret War?", p. 1.)
At the time of his service, a reporter, Jack Foisie, asked Wilson what he knew, and in response he referred him to Sanford J. Stone, who was the USAID Area Coordinator in Savannakhet, Laos. Foisie later published a piece in the Los Angeles Times, revealing "that the RD Annex was the cover for the CIA intelligence and military activities in Laos." Wilson also heard the following directly from Stone: "'USAID is in the development business, to buy loyalty from the Lao people. Not so they will resist the PL (the Pathet Lao guerrillas - RBE.). That would be too much to expect. But so they'll report where the PL are, so we can pass those reports on to the people who can take care of that kind of thing." ("Whose Secret War?", p. 6.)
For further references to the CIA/USAID connection, see Roger Warner, Back Fire: The CIA's Secret War in Laos and its Link to the War in Vietnam, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1995, e.g., p. 116: "…for all practical purposes the USAID and CIA programs were a joint operation

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2009, 09:49:25 AM »
http://www.swradioafrica.com/news270209/nca270209.htm

NCA spokesperson arrested

By Violet Gonda
27 February 2009

Madock Chivasa, the spokesperson of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and the board chairperson for the Youth Forum, was arrested in Masvingo Thursday evening, together with 5 other youth activists.

George Makoni, Information Officer for the Youth Forum, said Chivasa is being accused of inciting violence, while the other activists were arrested after a scuffle broke out between the police and the members of the Youth Forum, who were trying to block Chivasa’s arrest. Several others were beaten up.

Makoni said Chivasa had just finished addressing the gathering of about 300 youth members on the role of youths in the transitional period, when police stormed the venue. Passers-by were caught in the scuffles and advocacy materials belonging to the group were confiscated.

The public meeting was dubbed: “The role of youths in the transitional period vis-à-vis national healing, peace building and conflict transformation.”

The Information Officer said they were being denied access to Chivasa and the others. He said Masvingo police were not giving them any information about where the activists are being detained and they feared the detainees will only appear in court after the weekend.

In other news, Frank Muchirahondo, the USAID employee who was arrested last month on allegations of attempting to assassinate the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshall Perence Shiri, was freed this week after a Bindura magistrate refused to place him on further remand. It’s reported Muchirahondo was beaten and tortured while in detention.

At the time of his arrest the US embassy said they had clear evidence that their employee was not anywhere near the scene of the alleged shooting. The USAID employee was arrested on January 22nd at the Mutare border. US officials said he had been on a humanitarian mission, monitoring food aid.

Meanwhile the five WOZA activists arrested this week in Harare are still in police custody. They were beaten and arrested during a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday as they tried to present a petition to new Education Minister David Coltart.

 

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Re: Breaking: Possible assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2009, 01:27:02 PM »
Saturday, March 07, 2009
USAID and Tsvangirai
http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2009/03/usaid-and-tsvangirai.html
Reportedly, Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean prime minister, was injured after the car he was travelling in collided with a US aid lorry. (Morgan Tsvangirai's wife 'killed by US aid truck' )

State media in Zimbabwe reported that the lorry involved in the incident belonged to the US government aid organisation, USAID.

Reportedly, USAID has worked closely with the CIA. (Challenge: The Breaking of Prime Ministers / Venezuelafoia)

Reportedly, Mugabe is kept in power by Mossad. (Zimbabwe opposition accuses Mossad of helping Mugabe ... / Zimbabwe’s misery prolonged by two unlikely partners)

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David Rothscum provides some extra information:

Two days before the assassin er... accident, Tsvangirai came out opposing the US sanctions that he earlier supported:

President Barack Obama has extended for another year U.S. sanctions that target Zimbabwe's president and others linked to him, saying some people are continuing to undermine the country's democratic processes.

The White House issued the notice on Wednesday, the same day that Zimbabwe's former opposition leader called for an end to political oppression and police violence in his first parliamentary address as prime minister...

The U.S. has said it could not support a power-sharing deal that left Mugabe as president.

Obama extends Zimbabwe sanctions for 1 year - Morgan Tsvangirai ...

A USAID employee was released a month before this happened, after having been accused of trying to murder Zimbabwe's Air Commander.

Frank Muchirahondo, the USAID employee who was arrested last month on allegations of attempting to assassinate the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshall Perence Shiri, was freed this week after a Bindura magistrate refused to place him on further remand.

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: NCA Spokesperson Arrested

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Was it really an accident, Mugabe?
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2009, 02:11:57 PM »
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2304031.ece

QUESTIONS were raised last night after Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai was injured and his wife killed in a car crash.

Mr Tsvangirai was appointed only three weeks ago after hammering out a power-sharing deal with bitter rival Robert Mugabe.

He and wife of 31 years Susan were heading to a rally when an oncoming truck hit their car 30 miles south of capital Harare yesterday.


The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, 56, suffered minor injuries but Susan, mum to his six children, died in hospital.

In a statement, the MDC said: “We suspect that this is not a genuine accident.


“We appeal to Zimbabweans to remain calm as facts continue to surface.”


The party — which governs with tyrant Mugabe’s ZANU-PF — said a “few individuals bent on derailing the inclusive government” were probably behind “these evil acts”.


But, tellingly, it added: “We are, however, alive to the fact that a lot of Robert Mugabe’s opponents died in suspicious road accidents involving army trucks.”


The UK foreign office said it was “monitoring the situation closely”. Gordon Brown sent his condolences to Mr Tsvangirai — who gave his first speech to Zimbabwe’s Parliament as PM on Wednesday.

Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president since independence in 1980, is known to want ZANU-PF to have the upper hand in the new administration.


His generals have a history of arranging road “accidents” to wipe out threats. However, roads in financially-crippled and cholera-plagued Zimbabwe are notoriously dangerous. There were reports the truck driver was asleep.


Mugabe visited the premier in a Harare clinic. Mr Tsvangirai’s biographer Sarah Hudleston said: “He’ll be devastated. He told me the best thing he ever did was marry Susan.


“I hope that it was a genuine accident. If the generals are responsible there will be no hope left in Zimbabwe.”

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Zimbabwe Prime Minister: Rumors Swirl That Crash Was Not Accident
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2009, 07:04:30 PM »
         As Zimbabwe Prime Minister Leaves Hospital, Rumors Swirl That Crash Was Not Accident


March 07, 2009
HARARE, Zimbabwe —

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has left the hospital where he was treated after a car crash that killed his wife.

Associated Press reporters saw the former opposition leader leaving with a baseball cap pulled over his bandaged head.

Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo, head of casualty at the hospital , said the prime minister had head injuries and chest pains. State television showed pictures of Tsvangirai in a neck brace, which Gwatidzo said was being used to keep him comfortable.

The prime minister's party on Saturday called for an investigation into the crash that, but warned Zimbabweans not to jump to conclusions about the cause.

Rumors that the crash that killed Susan Tsvangirai was not an accident were inevitable given the history of political violence in a country battered by economic and humanitarian crisis.

"We cannot talk of foul play ... until it has been proved what has really transpired," said Tendai Biti, Tsvangirai's No. 2 in the Movement for Democratic Change party and the country's new finance minister.

He added that the crash "could have been avoided" had Tsvangirai been afforded the kind of motorcade that usually travels with President Robert Mugabe. At a news conference at party headquarters in Harare, Biti called for an investigation.

Ian Makone, a secretary to the prime minister and member of his Movement for Democratic Change party, said Tsvangirai was "very devastated by the death of his wife."

Morgan Tsvangirai's brother, Casper, greeted visitors paying condolences at his brother's Harare home Saturday.

The crash occurred Friday evening on the outskirts of the capital on a decrepit road notorious for accidents. Like many in Zimbabwe, the road is in poor condition because it has not been maintained.

A U.S. Embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official spokesman was not immediately available, said Saturday that the truck involved was transporting AIDS medicine donated by the U.S. government. It was driven by a Zimbabwean contracted by the United States.

State television said the truck swerved on an uneven stretch of road. Tsvangirai's spokesman James Maridadi earlier said the Tsvangirais' car sideswiped the truck and rolled at least three times.

Police spokesman Superintendent Andrew Phiri told the state-run newspaper The Herald the truck may have struck an object on the road before it veered.

The Herald also reported Saturday that the two other people in Tsvangirai's car — the driver and a bodyguard — were also injured. The paper added the driver and occupants of the truck were taken to a police station, but it was unclear whether they had been arrested.

Susan Tsvangirai, 50, was pronounced dead soon after arrival at a clinic about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Harare, Makone said. He said her children were flying to Zimbabwe from Australia and South Africa and funeral arrangements were being made.

The Tsvangirais, who married in 1978 and had three daughters and three sons, often went together to political events, but Susan Tsvangirai did not have a prominent public role. Friday, they had been headed to a weekend rally in his home region, south of Harare.

Susan Tsvangirai once ran her own sewing and catering businesses, according to an obituary issued by her husband's party Saturday. After her husband, a former labor union leader, went into politics, she turned her attention to women's and children's welfare issues, founding a trust that sponsored health, education and feeding projects.

Britain and the United States, both supporters of Tsvangirai, sent condolences. South Africa, which played a key role in negotiating a power-sharing deal that made Tsvangirai prime minister, also expressed condolences.

President Mugabe spent about an hour at the hospital late Friday. He and other senior aides who also visited did not speak to reporters or Tsvangirai supporters gathered outside.

Tsvangirai, who turns 57 next week, was sworn in Feb. 11 as Zimbabwe's prime minister in a power-sharing deal meant to end almost a year of deadly stalemate with Mugabe. The unity government was formed under pressure from neighboring governments who wanted Zimbabwean leaders to turn their attention to a growing humanitarian and economic crisis after years of rivalry between Tsvangirai and Mugabe, who has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.

Zimbabwe has the world's highest official inflation rate, a hunger crisis that has left most of its people dependent on foreign handouts and a cholera epidemic blamed on the collapse of a once-enviable health and sanitation system.

Tsvangirai formed his Movement for Democratic Change a decade ago. As it emerged as a serious political challenger, Tsvangirai repeatedly faced the wrath of Mugabe's ZANU-PF. He has been beaten and was once nearly thrown from a 10th floor window by suspected government thugs.

Tsvangirai's party on Saturday quoted his wife as once saying there were times when she so feared for her husband's safety that "sleeping was no longer part of my life. I just prayed.

"But at the end of the day, I had to support my husband."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506769,00.html


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Re: Breaking: Assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM part of UK/US coup
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2009, 07:21:35 PM »
The official story comes crashing down in freefall speed:http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/03/07/zimbabwe.tsvangirai.wife.accident/index.html


 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.
Morgan Tsvangirai leaves the hospital Saturday after being treated for injuries from a car crash.

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Members of his political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, and former U.S. diplomat also say the crash raises suspicions of foul play.

The prime minister left a hospital Saturday, a day after his wife, Susan, was killed in the collision, officials said.

A ball cap covered Tsvangirai's bandaged head.

Tsvangirai was taken to a hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, on Saturday for medical treatment, a Botswanan government source and a source with the prime minister's party.

"He's badly bruised and is receiving treatment," the Botswanan government source said.

The source with the prime minister's party said Tsvangirai will return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to attend the funeral of his wife.

The couple, who were married in 1978, have six children.

The crash happened on a two-lane highway between Tsvangirai's hometown, Buhera, and the capital, Harare.

It comes only weeks after the start of a power-sharing agreement between Tsvangirai and his political rival, President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai's political party said Friday that it was too early to tell whether the crash was anything other than an accident.

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. Video An MDC spokesman describes 'critical' accident »

"(A) 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."

Biti said the MDC would launch its own investigation.

Analysts say the crash raises suspicions of foul play. One former U.S. diplomat called for an outside investigation, saying it was not the first time one of Mugabe's political foes had been killed or injured in a car crash.

Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, took office last month under a power-sharing deal with Mugabe following a contentious election.

The MDC reached the agreement with Mugabe in September after months of angry dispute that included violence. More than 200 deaths, mainly opposition supporters, were reported leading up to and after the election.

"I'm skeptical about any motor vehicle accident in Zimbabwe involving an opposition figure," said Tom McDonald, the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001. "President Mugabe has a history of strange car accidents when someone lo and behold dies -- it's sort of his M.O., of how they get rid of people they don't like." Video Watch more on the fatal crash »

McDonald cited the car crash deaths of Defense Minister Moven Mahachi in 2001, Employment Minister Border Gezi in 1999 and Elliot Manyika, a government minister and former regional governor, last year.

"So when I hear that Tsvangirai was in an accident, it gives me pause," McDonald said.

Now an attorney with the Washington law firm Baker Hostetler, he urged a full independent investigation.
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However, he added that traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe. The highway Tsvangirai was traveling on was only two lanes and tractor-trailers were common, McDonald said. Vehicles in the country were often in bad shape and drivers inexperienced.

"It's certainly plausible that this was just one of those tragic things," he said.

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Re: Breaking: Assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM part of UK/US coup
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2009, 07:22:30 PM »
New room...

Zimbabwe being targeted for genocide by US/UK
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?board=383.0

Cholera, False flags, assassination attempts, negative propoganda, etc.

Please post articles in that board to expose wtf our taxes are being used for.

Another fricking genocide?

How many genocides can the US/UK support?
All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately

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Re: Breaking: Assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM part of UK/US coup
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2009, 07:32:41 PM »
New room...

Zimbabwe being targeted for genocide by US/UK
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?board=383.0

Cholera, False flags, assassination attempts, negative propoganda, etc.

Please post articles in that board to expose wtf our taxes are being used for.

Another fricking genocide?

How many genocides can the US/UK support?
Here are a bunch of threads about Zimbabwe:
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=74789.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=81023.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=76078.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=74814.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=73879.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=73871.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=73879.0
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=73773.0
A lot of information about motives, natural resources etcetera.

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Re: Breaking: Assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM part of UK/US coup
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2009, 07:35:56 PM »
A lot of information about motives, natural resources etcetera.

Great! Also keep in mind the connection with the sudden "warrant" for the President of the Sudan, and all of these connections with the establishment of AFRICOM (installing U.S. bases in Africa). Does the word CHINA mean anything to anyone?

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Re: Breaking: Assasination attempt against Zimbabwe's PM part of UK/US coup
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2009, 07:40:03 PM »
Great! Also keep in mind the connection with the sudden "warrant" for the President of the Sudan, and all of these connections with the establishment of AFRICOM (installing U.S. bases in Africa). Does the word CHINA mean anything to anyone?
It does to me. Great news isn't it? The worldwide population reduction has been postponed, they first have to decide who's going to rule an empty planet. :-\

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