Susan and Morgan Tsvangirai at a campaign rally in Harare during the 2008 Harmonized Elections.
She is reported to have died on arrival at a hospital after the accident, and that her husband sustained only minor injuries.
Tanzania's prime minister, Edward Moringe Sokoine, died in similar circumstances when a car travelling in the opposite direction ploughed into his motorcade in April 1984. The driver of that fateful car was a South African exile. The accident raised suspicion that the accident may have been planned and could have been engineered by the Apartheid South Africa regime.
In this fragile moment in Zimbabwe's history, one hopes that the conspiracy theories that are already emerging surrounding this recent accident, remain just that: conspiracies, and that the incident remains a tragic accident. Zimbabwe needs time to heal.