"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


accidents & accusations

Auto transportation in Africa is dangerous. This is an undisputed fact. Roads are often narrow and in bad condition, vehicles are old, and drivers aren't always cautious. Crashes happen all the time, and they often kill dozens of people. So hearing that there was a wreck in Zimbabwe today isn't exactly news.

Given the propensity of some African dictators to use car wrecks as a means to get rid of their political enemies, however, means that we have to take notice when we learn that Zimbabwe's new prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Susan were involved in a car accident south of Harare today. Mrs. Tsvangirai is apparently badly injured.

There don't seem to be many other details about the wreck available thus far. I don't want to make unfounded accusations when it may in fact have just been another car wreck on another bad African road. But the animosity between Tsvangirai and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe makes me think twice while hoping that it was really, truly just an accident. Here's wishing Mrs. Tsvangirai a speedy recovery.

UPDATE: is here.


Blogger euphrony said...

Criminy! That more than raises questions as to the "accidental" nature of the crash.

Friday, March 06, 2009 1:53:00 PM

Blogger JMT said...

The wife died as a result of the crash. The fact that they got hit head on by a truck indeed raises some questions. But like you, I will reserve judgement for later -even though my first thought, even before reading the article, was that Mugabe was involved.

Friday, March 06, 2009 1:57:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Just saw the news of her death. Isn't it sad that the situation there is so bad that we almost have to think of these things?

Friday, March 06, 2009 2:10:00 PM


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