"US and Britain wanted to kill Tsvangirai" – Defence Minister

Addressing a meeting in Masvingo, Mnangagwa is said to have told a group of Zanu PF supporters while explaining the new inclusive government at the weekend, that Tsvangirai’s accident had been an attempt to take his life by Americans and the British.

A source told RadioVOP that Mnangagwa said the West was not pleased with Tsvangirai’s decision to join the unity government and had sent the USAID truck driver, who was involved in an accident which killed Tsvangirai’s wife, Susan on Friday, to eliminate him.

Elsewhere (Beware, Ides of March – The plot thickens), we have reported of a plan to nail the two countries on a raft of charges, and in the coming days more statements will be made by government officials linking them to a series incidents.

Mnangagwa is said to have told the meeting that the West wanted to kill Tsvangirai and not his wife and that they might attempt to kill him again.

Tsvangirai on Monday however ruled out foul play as the cause of a car crash that injured him and killed his wife Susan, easing concerns that it would increase tensions in the new government. Susan is due to be buried Wednesday afternoon at the family’s rural home in Buhera.

After returning home from treatment for minor injuries in Botswana, Tsvangirai told mourners that despite speculation over the cause of the accident the chance of foul play being involved was only "one in 1,000".

"It was an accident which unfortunately took a life. I am sure that life has to go on and I’m sure she would have liked for life to go on," he said.

Many Zimbabweans are suspicious about Friday’s crash on a dangerous potholed highway, neglected like many others during the country’s economic decline.

The driver of the truck that slammed into Tsvangirai’s vehicle and forced it to roll off the road appeared at a court in Chivhu, 150 km (around 90 miles) south of Harare, on Monday, accompanied by three plain-clothed policemen. SOURCE: RadioVOP