Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife, Susan, was killed Friday in a car wreck that left him with serious injuries, according to senior officials with his party.
Tsvangirai’s aide and driver also were injured in the head-on collision with a large truck, according to Tsvangirai’s spokesman, James Maridadi. The extent of their injuries was not clear. All four were taken to an undisclosed hospital in Harare, Maridadi said. The collision happened on the Harare-Masvingo Road as Tsvangirai and his wife headed to his hometown of Buhera, south of the capital, Harare, his spokesman said. Watch more about the accident » Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, took office last month under a power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe following a contentious election. More than 200 deaths, mainly those of opposition supporters, were reported leading up to and in the aftermath of the election. Tsvangirai’s MDC reached a power-sharing agreement with Mugabe in September after months of violence and contention about the election. He and his wife Susan, who were married in 1978, have six children, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Last month, Susan Tsvangirai told a BBC affiliate that the past decade had been an “endurance test” for her husband and his MDC colleagues.
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“People went through hell, but they stuck to their ideals to seek change through democratic means,” she said. “This was a struggle that we endured with MDC cadres, activists, supporters and peace-loving Zimbabweans. “To them I say thank you so much for the support they gave the MDC to reach this momentous period.”