Last week, the new Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, was injured and his beloved wife killed when his car was hit by a truck on a busy highway outside of Harare.

At the time of the accident, news reports played down that this was an assassination attempt, pointing out that the truck was carrying HIV medicine and health supplies for a US funded project.

This fact was immediately latched onto by Mugabe’s henchmen, who promptly blamed the US/UK and local farmers (even arresting the head of the farmer’s union trying to photograph the accident scene). Perhaps they were worried that he was documenting the non existence of that “hump” that the driver blames for causing the accident.

Mugabe and his lackeys are trying to blame the US/UK or white farmers for the accident. To use Shakespeare’s famous quote: Me thinks he doth protest too much. After all, it is well known that many Mugabe opponents have died or been injured in mysterious car crashes.

But at this point, the plot thickens.

A South Africa tabloid, the Sunday Sun, published a report tracing the truck’s registry to Cum oil, a company owned by the notorious Saviour Kasukuwere, who has links with the CIO, and has been suspected of previous assasination attempts against Mugabe opponents. The suspicion is made worse because Kasukuwere was one of the first visitors to Tsvangirai’s sick bed in a private clinic in Harare after the accident.

Kasukuwere, a former bodyguard for Mugabe, has the nickname is “Tyson”, after boxer Mike Tyson.

But other reports dismiss this claim, saying that the truck belonged to the JSI (John Snow International) group of charities, an unlikely source of an assassination attempt.

But now reports say that the truck was not driven by a JSI driver, and that the JSI group was doing an investigation into the matter, trying to find out how a now suspended supervisor authorized a delivery using an outside driver, and why the truck, which should have been empty after delivering it’s supplies, was fully loaded.

The local conspiracy theories are not helped by recent deaths of MDC leader Muswere in a car accident last week, or with the arrests of MDC politicians and activists under charges of “public violence”, while the police routinely ignore arson attacks against Mugabe’s opponents.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is MakaipaBlog

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