THE United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has said that the truck and the driver that were involved in the accident that claimed the life of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangiraiâ€™s wife Susan last week did not belong to the agency.
In a statement released Thursday, American embassy Public Affairs Officer Tim Gerhardson said the truck that was involved in the accident along the Harare-Masvingo highway was purchased with USAid funds by a contractor and belonged to the contractor.
Gerhardson said: â€œThe contractor was delivering essential HIV/Aids drugs and medical supplies to health clinics under an effort co-financed by USAid and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID).
â€œThe driver of the truck, a Zimbabwean national, was an employee of the contractor, not a USAid employee.â€
Susan died on the spot when a Toyota Land Cruiser in which she was travelling with her husband was sideswiped by the truck at the 86 km peg and rolled off the road before landing on its roof.
Tsvangirai suffered head and neck injuries but was discharged from hospital after treatment.
The US embassy did not provide the name of the contractual partner but sources said the truck belonged to the (UK) Crown Agents.
Gerhardson said the US government remains committed to helping the people of Zimbabwe in providing food, health care, safe water and HIV/Aids prevention, care and treatment. â€“â€“ Staff Writer.