Tsvangirai rules out foul play in car crash

HARARE, (Reuters) – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan  Tsvangirai yesterday ruled out foul play as the cause of a car  crash that injured him and killed his wife Susan, easing  concerns that it would increase tensions in the new government.
Tsvangirai must cope with his grief alongside the enormous  pressure of trying to rescue the shattered economy in a new  unity government with President Robert Mugabe, his old rival.

After returning home from treatment for minor injuries in  Botswana, Tsvangirai told mourners that despite speculation over  the cause of the accident the chance of foul play being involved  was only “one in 1,000.

“It was an accident which unfortunately took a life. I am  sure that life has to go on and I’m sure she would have liked  for life to go on,” he said.

Many Zimbabweans are suspicious about Friday’s crash on a  dangerous potholed highway, neglected like many others during  the country’s economic decline.
The driver of the truck that slammed into Tsvangirai’s  vehicle and forced it to roll off the road appeared at a court  in Chivhu, 150 km (around 90 miles) south of Harare, on Monday,  accompanied by three plain-clothed policemen.

Chinoona Mwanda was granted bail and remanded to return to  court on March 23. “He’s quite distressed, he’s yet to come to  grips with the reality that life was lost,” his lawyer, Chris  Mhike, told reporters.

Tsvangirai’s wife of 31 years, a pillar of strength during  10 often trying years of opposition to Mugabe, is expected to be  buried on Wednesday. Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was postponed to  Thursday to allow ministers to attend the funeral.
“It will be difficult to fill in the gap. We have gone  through trials and tribulations together, I know it’s painful,  but let’s mourn with hope,” said Tsvangirai, his face swollen  from injuries sustained in the crash.

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