The death of Mrs Tsvangirai

tsvangirai1It’s been confirmed that Susan Tsvangirai, the wife of Morgan Tsvangirai, the new prime minister of Zimbabwe, has been killed in a car crash south of the capital, Harare. Morgan Tsvangirai was slightly injured. A member of Mr Tsvangirai’s MDC party, said the couple were travelling to their country home in Buhera where Mr Tsvangirai was due to hold a rally on Saturday, when their car was in collision with a truck.

The crash came just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe’s government, in which the MDC is sharing power with President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. The Tsvangirais were married in 1978 and had six children.

We are calling our regular Zimbabwean listeners for their reactions to this sad news. This has just come in from Reuters :

Zimbabwean President Robert

Mugabe visited Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in hospital on

Friday after his car crash, a Reuters witness said.

Tsvangirai’s wife Susan was killed in the accident. A truck

coming from the opposite direction veered off the road and

headed into Tsvangirai’s vehicle, his spokesman said.

19 Responses to “The death of Mrs Tsvangirai”

  1. 1 Mary, Tualatin, Oregon
    March 6, 2009 at 18:35

    This is very tragic. I just hope that Mugabe does not use this tragedy to try to strip Morgan Tsvangirai of the small amount of power that Mugabe has reluctantly given to him.

  2. March 6, 2009 at 18:43

    Every human dies so the news is natural

  3. 3 Elton
    March 6, 2009 at 18:45

    This is rather shocking. But what’s even more troubling is the question that comes to mind. Could this be some trend? I recall a major crash involving John Kuffor when he came to power. Now Tsvangirai has come to power and is involved in a crash as well.

    i extend my sympathy..

  4. 4 Tom
    March 6, 2009 at 18:52

    Ywason has tweeted us: Rather unfortunate for the accident to happen to Tsvangirai. Just when he was beginning to establish his purpose. Now all he has is his country.

    J Gbolee in Liberia sent us a text: I sympathise with you Mr Tsvangirai. Death is suppose to visit everyone however,please remain calm and don’t blame anyone for this accident.

  5. March 6, 2009 at 18:55

    If the death hadn’t been just an accident, it’s likely to plunge Zimbabwe into new political turmoil. it must be a difficult time for Morgan Tsvangirai to adjust to the loss of his wife and to sharing power with Mugabe who seems inclined to share with him as little power as possible.

  6. March 6, 2009 at 19:19

    May her soul rest in peace

  7. 7 gordon
    March 6, 2009 at 21:03

    Was it just a tragic accident or was Mugabe somehow involved ?

  8. 8 George
    March 6, 2009 at 23:25

    I don’t think this was an accident. This looks like a covered up assassination attempt. How convenient the truck driver was “asleep” at the wheel.

    By the way, happy birthday, Mugabe. Hope you had another nice million dollar birthday party while Zimbabwe is dying a slow death.

  9. 9 Kelsie in Houston
    March 7, 2009 at 14:34

    Very sad–‘unfortunate’ seems to be the operative word, but the announcement today that the MDC will conduct its own, independent investigation into the crash is very welcome. Given the volatile state of politics (and life in general) in Zimbabwe at the moment, even a personal tragedy as this looks, on first glance, suspect.

  10. March 7, 2009 at 18:34

    The security of a Prime Minister the number two man in a country should be in the hands of a competent Police and security escort.A convoy of security vehicles should move ahead to assure that the road is safe.Was this done? Was this the result of a security failure.

  11. 11 Jay Johnson
    March 8, 2009 at 01:45

    I recall the assassination of Paul Garang, when he was lured out of the bush by the Sudanese govt with the post of prime minister and assassinated within a short time of taking office by the Sudanese govt. I have no doubt that the so called car crash was an assassination attempt by Robert Mugabe of Morgan Tsvangirai himself. Unfortunately, the victim was his wife. I would advise Mr. Tsvangirai to remove himself from Zimbabwe before he is killed in a subsequent accident. No one can coexist or share power with Mugabe. He is not that kind of man. Like Nero, he will prefer to see Zimbabwe burn than to share power with anyone. A classic case of bring your enemies closer in order to destroy them. May God help Zimbabwe, and ultimately free them from the clutches of this monster.

  12. 12 Mo Khera
    March 8, 2009 at 09:59

    I see no mention of what happened to the truck driver – was he arrested and questioned, was he killed – there seems to be no information on him at all.

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of what was truly an inspirational woman especially for Mr Tsvangirai and their children – very sad indeed – Africa should be mourning the loss of someone who could have been a very special person.

    I wish Mr Tsvangirai and his family peace and goodwill.

  13. 13 Freedom
    March 8, 2009 at 15:56

    This is what Africans leaders do to kill their own brothers and creat it to be accident, Mugabi must go to hel for attemting to kill Morgan, there is no doubt that Mugabi planed this, just like what happened to Dr John Garrang, How would you think that it was an accident for people who wants the right thing to happen, I don’t understand when African leaders blame the western world and at the same time they ask the same western countries to assist with humanterian Aid to help the poor women and children surfaring.

  14. 14 Dictatore Generale Max Maximilian Maximus I
    March 8, 2009 at 23:39

    @ An Iraqi journalist

    “Every human dies so the news is natural (sic0”

    YES! Of course yes!

    BUT the callousness and insensitivity of your remark is enlightening!

    Isn’t it?

    We don’t know, whether YOU realise it or NOT but your comment gives us such great insights into your psyche and your character as a person, as well as a part of the agglomeration to which you belong!


    We know you but you have no clue about us!

    When the wife of ANY man who has faithfully supported him in his MOST trying times as also the most trying times for his country dies as she did then the least that is expected is sensitivity! A strange concept to many people especially those whose massacre is building up and is just around the corner.

    A very revealing comment, Sir!

  15. 15 Dennis Junior
    March 9, 2009 at 05:13

    I am sending my condolences and prayers to Mr. Tsvangirai regarding the passing (too soon) of his wife, Susan…

    And, Mr. Tsvangirai…I am hoping for a fast recovery for your injuries….

    -Dennis Junior

  16. 16 umoh amos (from Nigeria)
    March 9, 2009 at 08:53

    Death must come when it will come but that will never provide a platform for men to plot to take the lives of fellow men. But for stroke of luck, it is apparent that the story would have been much different and the cloud of gloom would have been much thicker.

    I have grown up to admire Tsvangirai as a man with a unique ability to absorb pain. Even with tears and pain in his heart, I know that he is optimistic of the emergence of a new Zimbabwe, after all has been said and done.

    All in all, this man Tsvangirai has paid his dues for his country and am confident that history will write his name in Gold. I pray for him to have the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

  17. 17 Taban Alfred David
    March 9, 2009 at 09:30

    This is very tragic. I believe that Mugabe might have hands on this tragic accident. In today world politicians uses such plains to finish out those working against their interest. As it happened with P. Diana.

  18. 18 suleiman
    March 9, 2009 at 19:10

    am very sorry for the death of mr Tsvangirai’s wife i extend my sympothy, to them, but i don’t understand who after this tragic like this, but any way am so sorry for what happened, GOD knows only.

    March 10, 2009 at 14:17

    Mr Mbeki failed to unite the ANC. Can he unite Zimbabye and Sudan? I think Mr Mbeki is a recipe for chaos. Many people will die as long this man is mediating.
    May her solu rest in peace.

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