Khupe is the acting Prime Minister

HARARE – MDC deputy president Thokozani Khupe has assumed the Acting Prime Minister’s post in the absence of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who is still mourning his wife who died in a car crash last week, a senior government official said on Friday.

A senior official in the Prime Ministers office who spoke on condition that his name was not published, said Khupe, who is one of the two deputy prime ministers in the unity government, will hold fort until Tsvangirai returns to work.

"Miss Khupe is currently the Acting Prime Minister until the Prime Minister who is mourning his wife in Buhera returns to work," the official said.

"We are not sure when the Prime Minister is returning to work, but it could be as early as next week.”

Tsvangirai’s wife died shortly after a truck belonging to an HIV/AIDS aid project funded by the British and American governments slammed into the vehicle the couple was travelling in causing it to roll over three times.

Susan, Tsvangirai’s wife of 31 years, was thrown out of the car sustaining heavy injuries in the process. She was pronounced dead on arrival at a Harare hospital and was buried in Buhera on Wednesday.

The official also said that the two Deputy Prime Ministers Khupe and Arthur Mutambara will attend the burial of former Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander, Retired General Vitalis Zvinavashe, at the National Heroes Acre on Saturday.

“Unless there are major changes, Miss Khupe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara will also attend the burial of General Zvinavashe tommorow (Saturday)." – ZimOnline