Jarrett Martineau, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai Injured, Wife Killed, in Car Crash
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Susan has been killed after the couple were involved in a car crash outside of Harare on Friday.
URGENT -- Morgan Tsvangirai's wife has died in the car crash outside Harare, according to media reports.
Mr. Tsvangirai was not seriously injured in the crash. The prime minister and his wife were on their way to their rural home in Beatrice when the accident took place.
The cause of the crash is not known, however, it occurred just two days after Tsvangirai delivered his first speech as the newly-sworn in prime minister of Zimbabwe's power-sharing government, according to BBC reports.
Mr Tsvangirai is said to be lightly injured. The crash is said to have happened on a road south of Harare.
Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.
The two had been long-time rivals before agreeing a power-sharing deal.
MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters news agency that Mr Tsvangirai was not in a critical condition.
UPDATE | 02:15pm PST — Although no cause has been identified for the crash, many are speculating that Mugabe could have been involved.
Martin Fletcher, at the TimesOnline, recounts the terrible condition of the road on which Tsvangirai's wife was killed.
The two-lane road between Harare and Beitbridge, Zimbabwe’s main border crossing to South Africa, is one of the most dangerous I have driven. It is deeply cratered. Speeding, exhaust-belching lorries, which would never pass a British MoT, grotesquely overloaded trucks and trundling donkey carts jostle for position. Vehicles break down frequently. Many have one headlight, or none. At night the road is even more terrifying.
The suggestion that Mugabe could have been involved in the accident is, apparently, not without precedent.
Mr Mugabe’s henchmen have had his opponents killed in car crashes before. They have spent years trying to silence Mr Tsvangirai through assassination attempts, trumped-up treason charges, death threats, beatings and torture. They are now being asked to share power with this man and for some that is too much to stomach.