All weekend I’ve been receiving phone calls and emails from Zimbabwean friends who assume – without evidence – that the crash which killed Susan Tsvangirai was a “black dog” incident, even though the truck involved was carrying Aids drugs and did not belong to the army.
So here’s a list of some of the prominent Zimbabweans who have died in car accidents which may, or may not, have involved black dogs:
1979: Josiah Tongogara, Mugabe’s great rival for the leadership of Zanu-PF
1992: Christopher Giwa, anti-Mugabe student leader
1994: Sydney Malunga, opposition politician
1995: Chris Ushewokunze, industry and commerce minister
1997: Peter Pamire, businessman suspected of getting too close to Mugabe’s wife, Grace
2001: Moven Mahachi, hardline Zanu-PF ally of Mugabe
2001: Border Gezi, hardline Zanu-PF ally of Mugabe
2007: Brigadier Armstrong Gunda, suspected of involvement in a coup attempt
2008: Elliot Manyika, minister and former regional governor.
There are many others, and I haven’t started on those who “ate a poisoned apple”. Truly Zimbabwe is a dangerous place to drive, or to get involved in politics.
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