HARARE, (Reuters) – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife was killed and he was injured on Friday when a truck slammed into their vehicle, officials in his MDC party said. Tsvangirai suffered some head and neck wounds, state television reported.
The MDC, which made no suggestion foul play was involved, said Tsvangirai’s wife of 31 years, Susan, was killed in the crash on one of Zimbabwe’s busiest and most dangerous roads.
President Robert Mugabe visited his old rival in hospital. They formed a power-sharing government in February after months of negotiations to try to end a political and economic crisis that has brought Zimbabwe to ruin.
“He is stable. The doctors and the family will make an announcement in due course,” MDC Secretary-General and Finance Minister Tendai Biti told reporters outside the hospital treating Tsvangirai.
The crash occurred some 50 km (30 miles) south of Harare as Tsvangirai headed to his rural home in Buhera along the potholed Harare-Masvingo highway, one of the many routes neglected in the economic crisis.