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.
Morgan Tsvangirai won 47.9 percent of the presidential vote according to official results.
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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.
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.