Zimbabwe Crash: Was It An Accident?

By Thomas Nagorski

Mar 6, 2009 3:43pm

From ABC's Jim Sciutto — recently in Zimbabwe — referring to the car crash that has injured opposition leader and recently-installed Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and killed Tsvangirai's wife:

Tonight is a nervous night for many Zimbabwean officials. The implications of this – though foul play is far from confirmed – are extreme. Many Zimbabweans we met with this week were expressing some hope in the unity government. Tsvangirai and (President Robert) Mugabe are said to be meeting three times a week. Schools opened this week for the first time in a year, since teachers were finally being paid. Residents noticed, hopefully, they were even cutting the grass in the capital for the first time in months. A possible attempt on the life of the PM would be both bold and horrendous for a country in desperate need of political progress and cooperation.

The more Zimbabweans I speak with tonight, the more suspicious they seem to be getting. Here's a telling fact: just before the election, no fewer than four senior generals were killed in car crashes in less than a week – which was widely seen as house-cleaning within the Zanu-PF Party. Who might conceivably do this to Tsvangirai? Mugabe's a possibility. It's also possible that rogue generals would do so without Mugabe's consent. Several senior officers were furious with Mugabe for joining a unity government. One unanswered question is what the Prime Minister's security was like. I'm told the security details for the convoys of most senior officials would clear a road of cars before traveling.

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