Mujuru inquest findings out, but not public

The anxiously awaited findings of the inquest into the death of retired General Solomon Mujuru are reported to have been completed, with a report submitted to Attorney-General Johannes Tomana on Thursday. But according to NewsDay newspaper, no details were available.

Solomon Mujuru
Solomon Mujuru

Tomana is quoted as saying he had received the report and needed “time to go through the results before making any announcement on the matter”. Mujuru’s family is believed to have written to Tomana last week, seeking information on when the magistrates’ findings would be available.

Mujuru died in late August last year in a suspicious fire at his farm in Beatrice, outside Harare. It was recently revealed that he was due to travel to Beitbridge the next day with Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, to finalise indigenisation plans for River Ranch diamond mine.

The Mujuru family has reportedly been wrestling for control of the mine from the Dubai-based Rani Investment, the majority share holders who reportedly turned down the Mujurus’ latest offer and are approaching the government to sell their shares directly.

Luke Zunga from the Global Zim Forum told SW Radio Africa that although the nation may be anxiously awaiting the findings of the inquest, the AG must study the report to see if there is any evidence of foul play and whether charges need to be filed. The family must also be notified and given the report first.

“It’s a delicate case involving a very powerful family so the AG needs to be careful. Zimbabweans deserve to know the findings but it may take some time,” Zunga explained. He added that his own observation is that Mujuru’s death was a political assassination, done by people with much experience.

Testimonies given by police, security guards and workers on Mujuru’s farm was largely contradictory, especially regarding the candle found in his bedroom, the ‘odd’ place where the car was parked and whether someone was in his car when he returned from a local bar.

There are unconfirmed reports that the inquest found Mujuru had died from “carbonization”, caused by fumes from the fire and that there was nothing ominous about his death. A trusted source said he believed the family’s lawyer was not happy with that result and plans to call for another autopsy.

A number of observers have said they would not be surprised if the official inquest result said it was just the fire, as it would be extremely likely that any murder would have been well covered up. SW Radio Africa

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