Solomon Mujuru’s brother told he will ‘disappear’

The saga surrounding the mysterious death of retired army General Solomon Mujuru deepened over the weekend, after his 69 year old elder brother Joel Tazviwinga Mujuru told a local paper that the family suspect he was murdered. Mujuru died in a farmhouse fire in Beatrice, this year in August.

Speaking to NewsDay from Goromonzi, Joel said all indications were that Mujuru was murdered and “he vowed to leave no stone unturned in unravelling the mystery behind the death.” Joel said they would also pursue ‘traditional practice consultations’ to establish what happened to Mujuru.

“Solomon was unable to go back to his vehicle where he left his phone, groceries and documents. It was not possible for him to leave his phone in the vehicle and go to sleep,” the elder Mujuru told NewsDay.

“Secondly, I did not hear that the car keys were found. Solomon could have escaped through the window if it was a genuine fire. Where he died and where his bedroom was there was some distance.”

He added: “Solomon could have been burnt on the bed, not where he was found dead. The fire was coming from the other side going to his bedroom, but Solomon died where the fire was coming from. All this gives me unanswered questions,” he said.

Joel Mujuru said the family had suspicions surrounding the handling of Mujuru’s body. “For us to be satisfied as a family that this was Solomon, we were supposed to identify him while he was still at the spot. But I found Solomon removed. Can that satisfy me that this was Solomon? Who had identified him? I very much suspect foul play, (but) God knows,” he said.

The story took an even more dramatic turn as it was reported that Joel was denied entry into the official residence of Vice President Joice Mujuru in Harare. Joel told NewsDay he was “pushed out by a rifle butt as he tried to gain entry into the family’s Chisipite house.” He was also told he would “disappear” if he continued following up on circumstances that led to his brother’s death.”

Joel said he went to the house to ask Joice Mujuru if she had seen the police report on the investigations into her husband’s death. Police have kept the report under wraps and instead announced that they had forwarded it to the courts for an inquest to be conducted.

“On October 4, I was chased from (the) house by security. I wanted to discuss with the VP as a ‘wife’, but I was told that there is a list of people allowed entry and I was not one of those allowed. One officer came out and pushed me with a rifle butt,” Joel said.

A Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agent at the gate, identified only as Zambuko, told him: “You old man, you and your entire family will disappear if you continue coming here”. Joel told NewsDay he was sure the Vice President was aware he was being chased from the gate because “her daughter was the one who came to the gate and told him he was no longer wanted at the house.”

“Before Solomon died I used to frequent his house. I had my own bedroom with my own set of keys. Whenever I went there I did not need to ask where to sleep,” he said. “I do not know what has happened now to the extent of being warned by Zambuko that I will disappear because of my brother’s death.”

Rather curious is the fact that Joice Mujuru is reported to have never spoken to Joel since the death of Mujuru. Not only has the Vice President not responded to his phone calls but even her children are refusing to talk to him. There was a suggestion the VP might be angry at Joel for speaking to NewsDay, but then that would not explain the cold shoulder given to him since Mujuru’s death in August.

SW Radio Africa News

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