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Call for Tsvangirai crash probe

ZIMBABWEAN Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party yesterday called for an investigation into the car crash that injured him and killed his wife, but warned supporters not to jump to conclusions.

Rumors that the crash that killed Susan Tsvangirai was not an accident were inevitable given the history of political violence in the country.

"We cannot talk of foul play ... until it has been proved what has really transpired," said Tendai Biti, Tsvangirai's deputy in the Movement for Democratic Change party.

Biti called for an investigation and said the crash "could have been avoided" had Tsvangirai been afforded the kind of motorcade that usually travels with President Robert Mugabe.

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

Ian Makone, a secretary to the prime minister, said Tsvangirai was "very devastated by the death of his wife."

Tsvangirai's car was hit by a truck that swerved on a decrepit road on the outskirts of Harare on Friday night.

Tsvangirai's spokesman James Maridadi earlier said the Tsvangirais' car sideswiped the truck and rolled at least three times.

The state-run newspaper The Herald said people on the truck were taken to a police station but it was unclear whether they had been arrested.


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