Mujuru: cops Say foul play

The police have produced a damning inquest report saying foul play is suspected in the death of General Solomon Mujuru on August 16 at the farm he had occupied in Beatrice.

Solomon Mujuru
Solomon Mujuru

The explosive report is the result of a police probe carried out by the forensics unit at the "accident scene”.

Highly placed police sources said police commissioner Augustine Chihuri had been sitting on the report, which he now claims he has presented to the High Court.

Chihuri has declined to discuss the force’s findings. He has issued a statement saying he cannot say anything on the case – ostensibly because it is before the courts. But police sources say the report authenticates widespread suspicion that there was foul play.

The lengthy report includes a post-mortem report and statements recorded from 23 witnesses, as well as the police force’s deductions. There are also statements recorded from three police officers, our source said.

"In short, the report paints a classic picture of a well-orchestrated murder by professionals," said the source. "There are so many things that don't add up."

Police attempts to keep a lid on the report have raised eyebrows. The general’s widow, Vice President Joice Mujuru, has not even received a courtesy copy of the report.

Last week she told villagers in Rushinga: “Thank you for coming in your numbers to mourn your son-in-law seven weeks ago before we knew what really happened to him. I am still waiting for an explanation.”

Parliament has demanded the police probe results, and blasted the law enforcement agency for failing to secure the accident scene immediately after the fire.

MDC legislators have called for an independent probe, saying police ineptitude and bias did not augur well for the investigation.

The co-minister of Home Affairs Theresa Makone, Earlier last week complained that the police were refusing to give her an update on the investigations. “I have not been told anything. I am being sidelined. I don’t even know what stage the police have reached with this issue,” she said.

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