tsvangirai is treated in Botswana

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, leaves hospital in Harare, Saturday, March, 7, 2009. Tsvangirai was involved in a vehicle accident Friday in which his wife Susan died. 07/03/2009. © AP Photo. Pic. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, leaves hospital in Harare, Saturday, March, 7, 2009. Tsvangirai was involved in a vehicle accident Friday in which his wife Susan died. 07/03/2009. © AP Photo. Pic. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

Harare - Doctors at a private clinic in Botswana yesterday treated Zimbabwe prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai after the road crash in which his wife was killed, while controversy swirled over the accident.

Harare - Doctors at a private clinic in Botswana yesterday treated Zimbabwe prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai after the road crash in which his wife was killed, while controversy swirled over the accident.

Tsvangirai's party insisted it would carry out its own investigation into the collision with a truck carrying aid paid for by Britain and the US, which the British government called a "genuine accident".

Botswana foreign minister Phandu Skelemani said Tsvangirai would get a second opinion on his condition at the private clinic in Gaborone. A decision to fly Tsvangirai, pictured, out of Zimbabwe was taken after Botswana's president Ian Khama sent Skelemani and other officials to visit him in hospital in Harare on Saturday.

Tsvangirai, who suffered neck and head injuries, was seen walking out of the Avenues Clinic in Harare on Saturday accompanied by MDC ministers.

"We went there because Tsvangirai had lost his wife. The president (Khama) sent us there to deliver condolences, and went to see him at the clinic," said Skelemani.

Khama is a strong supporter of Tsvangirai and has openly criticised president Robert Mugabe. Before joining a unity government with Mugabe, Tsvangirai stayed in Botswana for two months.

"As the Botswana government we grieve with Tsvangirai. He needs to know that his friends are around him and they feel for him," Skelemani said.

Tsvangirai was travelling with his wife Susan, 50, on Friday when their car collided with a truck carrying foreign aid and rolled several times. His wife died at the scene. - Sapa-AFP

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