Mutambara blasts government for Tsvangirai tragedy

HARARE – The Zimbabwe government is to blame for the death of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Susan, who died last Friday in a car crash as the state failed to provide adequate security, deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said

"I want to make it very clear the reason why Morgan Tsvangirai was in his party landcruiser with his wife is because he couldn’t get two high clearance vehicles from the state of Zimbabwe. That couldn’t happen," said Mutambara who is the leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). "I travelled to Chimanimani and couldn’t get a clearance vehicle to travel to my rural area."

Mutambara urged the government of Zimbabwe to put measures in place inorder to avoid accidents that can be prevented," he said while addressing a news conference in the capital Harare.

"Let’s try to avoid deaths in our country in particular those of our leaders," Mutambara said.

Mutambara said the police must ensure that when the Prime Minister is travelling there must be a lead police vehicle to warn traffic coming that they must drive with caution.

"We are saying that the Prime Minister must have a lead car with blue lights indicating the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe is travelling…," Mutambara said.

He said the death of Susan Tsvangirai was a "blow" to the nation adding that she was "mother of the nation."
Meanwhile Tsvangira’s MDC will on Tuesday hold a memorial service for Amai Tsvangirai who is scheduled to be buried in Buhera on Wednesday.

Nelson Chamisa, the spokesman for the MDC T, said thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life were expected to attend a farewell ceremony at Glamis Stadium in Harare on Tuesday to pay their last respects.

Tsvangirai, who sustained injuries in the same accident had been flown to Botswana shortly after his discharge from Harare’s Avenues Private Clinic on Saturday. He returned home on Monday.

Chamisa called up Zimbabweans to turn out in their thousands at Glamis Stadium for a farewell ceremony for the "mother of our struggle who has stood as a pillar of strength and support to the MDC President over the past 31years”.

On Monday, Amai Tsvangirai’s body lay in state at the family home in Strathaven,  Harare.

In a related incident, business in Chiredzi went to a standstill on Sunday evening when revellers at Chigarapasi beer hall nearly killed a man who was later identified as Felix Makanda for allegedly walking in the beer hall shouting that God had answered his prayer by killing Mrs Susan Tsvangirai.

 Eye witnesses told our correspondent that almost everyone who was in the beer hall except few women who were vending, rose to beat Makanda. He said the man was thoroughly beaten. .He was taken to Chiredzi General Hospital for treatment.