Accident could have been avoided

Movement for Democratic Change Secretary General, Tendia Biti has stated that the death of the wife of...

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Movement for Democratic Change Secretary General, Tendia Biti has stated that the death of the wife of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai could have been avoided had they been escorted by police.

Biti, who is also the country’s new Finance Minister, made the statement after the party’s National Executive Committee meeting.

Tsvangirai and his wife Susan were involved in a serious accident south of <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Harare on Friday.

She died in hospital while he escaped with light injuries.

Biti said logic would have demanded that a police escort be provided for the Prime Minster to warn other traffic, avoiding the tragedy.

The MDC Secretary General confirmed that a police investigation was underway but the party would also launch its own probe.

He described Susan Tsvangirai as a ‘people’s hero and a mother to the MDC, its struggle and the nation’.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed as some of the couple’s children were out of the country.