Zimbabwean prime minister injured, wife killed in car crash (Lead)

March 7th, 2009 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS  

Harare, March 6 (DPA) Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was injured and his wife Susan died in a car crash Friday, party officials have confirmed.
“Morgan is badly bruised and cut, but I’m afraid Susan has died,” said Eddie Cross, a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) executive.

The prime minister was transferred to a hospital in Harare and was receiving treatment.

The accident occurred on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road about 100 km south of Harare. Accounts from different officials varied, but James Maridade, Tsvangirai’s spokesman, said his vehicle side-swiped an oncoming vehicle and rolled three times.

The couple were travelling in an MDC Landcruiser with two accompanying security vehicles, on their way to Buhera in the southeast of the country for a rally of his MDc party.

“Morgan will be devastated, they were a real team,” said Cross.

The couple had been married since 1978.

The accident comes just days after Tsvangirai was sworn in as the country’s prime minister, following protracted negotiations with President Robert Mugabe.

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