Mujuru enquiry pointless: MDC MPs

It is pointless to open a Commission of Inquiry into the events surrounding the death of General Solomon Mujuru, because the people who ordered the hit will never be brought to book, said some MDC Members of Parliament.

Solomon Mujuru
Solomon Mujuru

Mujuru, 67, popularly known by his guerrilla name Rex Nhongo, was burned to death in a bizarre fire at his home in August.

"Let me say that this kind of death did not start with Mujuru. My own brother in Buhera was burnt by Joseph Mwale such that we need an inquiry," said Masvingo West MDC MP Tachiona Mharadza in his contribution to a condolences motion moved by Zanu (PF) MP Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

"It is useless when we talk of an inquiry. Kitsiyatota and Joseph Mwale are still there. There is no inquiry that is needed as the facts are there. But the issue is that Augustine Chihuri, who is at the same level as General Mujuru, protects Mwale and you cannot get the docket."

Mharadze said Zanu (PF) was a "hyena" that was responsible for many murders and yet Parliament had not called for any inquiries.

"Now that the hyena has taken one of your children it has become an issue," Mharadze said.

The MDC MP said Zanu (PF) murderers had rushed to contaminate the crime scene after an incredible claim that the fire was started by a candle.

"Why is it that when such things happen you run and distort evidence before the experts come in?" Mharadza said. "We have Patson Nyangwa who was burnt in Jerera the way Mujuru died. People were there. Mutombeni was also burnt in Mashava. Learnmore Jongwe passed away and it was said he took poison, where did he get it from when people are subjected to a search at the gate? The issue we are saying is that we should not fool the people."

Police say testimony is being taken from dozens of witnesses who lived and worked around Mujuru's farm at the time of the alleged assassination.

Masvingo Central MDC MP Jeffryson Chitando said many people passed away in the same manner during the 2008 elections, "some of them, the way they died has not been revealed to this date".

Kambuzuma MDC MP Willias Madzimure said that a system existed that could not go on any longer, while Zvishavane MP Obert Matshalaga said Mujuru's funeral at the Heroes Acre was an example of what Zimbabwe should look like.

“I think as Parliament we should also recognise and probably thank him for bringing us together for the first time."

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