Ian Mutonhori speaks out on fathers murder

The 17-year old son of Strover Mutonhori has spoken exclusively to SW Radio Africa about the 1999 murder of his father - a high profile case in which co-Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi was implicated.

Ian Tatenda Mutonhori got in touch with us following the expose in our ongoing series every Tuesday, where we look at some of Zimbabwes unsolved and deliberately ignored cases of political violence, torture and murder. Mutonhori snr, an employee of the Lutheran World Federation, disappeared from the Omadu Hotel in Kezi and his remains were later found in Mzingwane outside Bulawayo. Allegations at the time were that he had had an affair with Mohadis wife Tambudzani and the then Deputy Minister of Local Government ordered a hit on him.

On Wednesday Ian Muntonhori told us ever since the murder of his father the family has been struggling to make ends meet. Mutonhori left behind a wife and three children, Ian who is 17 and two girls now aged 20 and 26.

My mother is unemployed and cant get work, Ian explained. An added challenge to finding work is that they keep having to move house, because Mohadi allegedly keeps track of where they are staying and they are afraid of being in one place for too long.

My dad used to earn a good salary working for an NGO, the Lutheran World Federation, but now things have changed and life is hard for us. For example Ian told us he needs to register to write ten O level subjects but does not have the money to do so and the deadline is this Friday.

Although police have in the past interviewed Mohadi in connection with Mutonhoris murder, he was later promoted to Home Affairs Minister in 2002. Ian told us ever since Mohadi was made Home Affairs Minister, nothing has moved, in terms of the investigation and a possible prosecution.

Those willing to assist the Mutonhori family can contact Ian Tatenda Mutonhori on [email protected]

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