Battle to exhume General Mujuru’s body suffers setback

The battle by the family of the late General Solomon Mujuru to have his body exhumed suffered a setback on Monday, when the magistrate presiding over the inquest into his death said he had no jurisdiction to order the exhumation.


On Friday Mujuru family lawyer Thakor Kewada filed an application asking Magistrate Walter Chikwanha to order that Mujuru’s remains be exhumed, so that a professional autopsy can be conducted.

This came after Reggie Perumal, a South African forensic scientist hired by the Mujuru family, raised doubts about the autopsy done by Cuban pathologist, Gabriel Gonzales Alvero.

Perumal said Alvero had not used the appropriate tools. He also queried why Alvero did the autopsy when he is not registered in Zimbabwe on the medical practitioners list. The Mujuru family say that the only way Perumal can determine the cause of Mujuru’s death is to have his remains exhumed.

Chikwanha however ruled that application was tantamount to ‘arm twisting’ and ‘putting the cart before the horse’. Only the Attorney General and the Home Affairs Ministry had the power to make such a decision, he said.

Chikwanha said he could only make recommendations based on what he heard in court. A report by the magistrate will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office, he added. No date for this has been given.

Meanwhile Vice President Joice Mujuru was the last witness to testify to the inquest, which ended Monday. Mujuru gave her testimony via an affidavit which was read out in court. She narrated her side of the story in terms of what she was told regarding the circumstances leading to her husband’s death. – SW Radio Africa News

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