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Chiwenga ordered Mujuru assassination

By Fortune Tazvida

HARARE- An investigation into the mysterious death of army General Solomon Mujuru has not only concluded that he was murdered but Nehanda Radio.com can exclusively reveal that fingers are being pointed at Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander, General Constantine Chiwenga.

Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga
Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga

The 62 year old General Mujuru died in a fire in the early hours of Tuesday 15 August 2011 at his farmhouse in Beatrice, 60 km outside Harare. His death deeply divided Zanu PF because he led a faction that was locked in a fierce contest for influence with another camp led by Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Nehanda Radio.com has now been told by a senior army officer, that there is even more serious infighting within the army over Mujuru’s death. This is because a secretly conducted investigation by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and police is accusing Chiwenga of killing Mujuru.

Its being alleged General Chiwenga is gunning to succeed President Robert Mugabe and is determined to eliminate anyone opposing his plans. According to the report Chiwenga is running a hit squad within Zanu PF and the army which is seeking to assassinate anyone that he views as an obstacle.

The first target of Chiwenga’s hit squad was Air Force Commander Air Marshall Perence Shiri. Both Shiri and Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Sibanda are heavily opposed to Chiwenga’s plans of succeeding Mugabe.

The high stakes drama began in December 2008 when Shiri survived an assassination attempt after he was shot and wounded in the arm on the way to his farm. Police said he was accosted by unknown people who shot at his car. When Shiri heard the gunshots, he got out thinking it was a puncture and was shot.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi immediately blamed MDC-T activists but strangely no one was arrested. Nehanda Radio.com has now been told Chiwenga ordered that hit. Shiri has been vigilant about his security since then and last year when Mujuru died, he is said to have ‘taken extra measures’ to protect himself.

AIR Force Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Sibanda and Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwengwa lead the funeral parade in honour of General Solomon Mujuru at One Commando Barracks in Harare
AIR Force Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Sibanda and Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwengwa lead the funeral parade in honour of General Solomon Mujuru at One Commando Barracks in Harare

It’s not clear whether Mugabe sanctioned Chiwenga’s operation but the recent promotion of Three Infantry Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba, to Major-General by Mugabe, suggests he is on the same side as General Chiwenga.

Zanu PF insiders say although Mugabe is undecided on who should succeed him, there is growing evidence someone who could protect him from future prosecution for human rights abuses, like Chiwenga would be ideal.

We have also been told the infighting in the army is so vicious, Nyikayaramba’s posting at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters in Harare, is not a coincidence. He is there to bolster Chiwenga’s campaign.

“If the infighting in the army escalates, Nyikayaramba will be close by to assist Chiwenga. His previous posting in Manicaland (Three Brigade) was considered too far from the action,” our source said.

Chiwenga is pushing his presidential ambitions aggressively. Last year he acquired a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe. Chiwenga, described by his subordinates as “knowing very little” about the military, went public with his achievement, taking out an ad in the Sunday Mail.

Chiwenga is already nicknamed Zim2, another way of saying he is second in command after Mugabe. The registration number for Mugabe’s official armour-plated limousine is Zim1, so Zim2 is a play on that. Not only are Chiwenga’s presidential ambitions being resisted in Zanu PF, its worse in the army.

Leaked US diplomatic cables showed that Chiwenga is not respected in the army. During a January 5 and 6, 2010 meeting with US ambassador Charles Ray, Brigadier General Herbert Chingono, the Inspector General for the Zimbabwe National Army, and Major General Fidelis Satuku, the ZDF Director General for Policy and Personnel described Chiwenga as an ignoramus.

“General Constantine Chiwenga is a political general who works hard, but who has very little practical military experience or expertise. Given a choice between a military and a political issue, Chiwenga will always choose the political, because he doesn’t know enough about the military to be comfortable discussing it,” the cable reads.

At the end of last year Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba confirmed that he was working closely with hardliners, who include army generals, to manage President Robert Mugabe ahead of elections envisaged for 2012.

Impeccable sources in the politburo told the weekly Zimbabwe Independent newspaper that the military was setting up parallel structures so as to take over the day-to-day running of government. General Constantine Chiwenga was reportedly behind the establishment of the parallel structures.

Mugabe spokesman was also regularly seen visiting Chiwenga at Defence House. “I have no apologies to make about being at Defence House, or at the PGHQ (Police Headquarters) or (the army’s) KG6 — these are the structures I work for,” Charamba fired back.

It was also claimed that “the military’s plans have advanced to the extent that they are now intercepting speeches approved by Mugabe and exchanging them with alternative speeches prepared at Defence House.” Sources who spoke to the paper said this was a direct order from Chiwenga.

An inquest into Mujuru’s death is due to begin on Monday at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and expected to end on Friday. Nehanda Radio.com has been told “this is nothing but a sham exercise meant to divert the nation’s attention. Everyone in the security forces knows Chiwenga killed Mujuru.”

“The police also know who killed Mujuru but no one has the guts to take Chiwenga and Mugabe head on, on this matter. By throwing this case to the courts for an inquest, its another way for the police to wash their hands off the matter. Everyone in the security forces knows the courts will do absolutely nothing.”

“The reluctance to make the police report public, tells you everything you need to know. The public don’t know what’s in the report but most senior people in the security forces know what’s inside,” another source told us.

So why did Mugabe sanction the assassination?

Relations between Mugabe and Mujuru were strained. The former guerrilla leader was the only remaining official able to openly challenge Mugabe in high level meetings. Mujuru’s faction also tried but failed to remove Mugabe as the Zanu PF candidate at the party’s extraordinary congress in December 2007.

Mujuru’s second in command during the liberation war, Wilfred Mhanda last year called for a commission of enquiry into Mujuru’s death saying he was “quite shocked and touched by his death and actually surprised that President Mugabe didn’t come out openly to say it is suspicious.”

Speaking to SW Radio Africa, Mhanda said “Any person who has listened to the story, who has read the papers, clearly can come to no other conclusion except that there was naked foul play and why the President could not come out clearly about that and announce the establishment of a commission of enquiry baffles the mind.”

Mhanda said he believed Mujuru’s death benefited Mugabe more than anyone else. Mujuru “as many people have testified including Dumiso Dabengwa was the only one in the current politburo who could speak out to Mugabe. No one now is prepared to do this,” Mhanda added.

Last year Vice President Joice Mujuru publicly spoke out about the suspicious nature of her husband’s death. Speaking to members of a women’s football team Mrs Mujuru said she believed her husband could have escaped the fire:

“The problem is we just hear its fire. But what happened from 8.30pm to when the fire was seen? That’s where the story is. I was called just after 2am and told that the house is on fire. The roof had collapsed, but that doesn’t happen instantly.

“It means the fire had started around that time when he got home on Monday night. That should be the time when people should start, you know, whatever they want to look at because we can’t just start when the roof has collapsed.”

Mrs. Mujuru also questioned why her husband opted to run for the door of the 14-roomed house, when he could have used the bedroom window instead. “The (bedroom) set up had two western big windows, so if you want to come out you just jump. Our little kids used to jump and we used to laugh about it. It was closer to come out through the window than the door,” she said.

“I suppose if they were to give us something satisfying it would make my heart rest. We are anxiously waiting for the police to finish their investigations. They have invited all the experts they could find to look at what could have happened,” Mrs Mujuru added.

That investigation has been completed and the report is not being made public.

Rumblings of discontent also came from Mujuru’s 69 year old elder brother Joel Tazviwinga Mujuru who suggested a lot is being kept from the public. Joel has already said he is not happy with the police investigation and the way senior ZANU PF officials are ignoring the matter.

Joel said all indications were that Mujuru was murdered and “he vowed to leave no stone unturned in unravelling the mystery behind the death. 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.”

“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.”

“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,” Joel said. Nehanda Radio.com

  • Apongos

    ZANU is a mafia organisation and like all criminal organisations there’s no honour among thieves.Chiwenga is a murderer and so is Mujuru,Mai Mujuru,Mugabe,Chiwenga,Chiwenga’s wife,Mnangagwa imhondi nembavha dzose idzi.Mujuru’s case is interesting because even the house he was killed in,imba yekuba.Saka imi munochema kuti mbavha yakapisirwa muimba yayaiva yaba?He used violence to take away the house and that violence was also his demise,gone ana gone wakevo.There’s no such thing as a better criminal,they are all the same so no one should sympathise with Mujuru or his criminal family.They will all die the same way and those who survive will eventually be prosecuted for their various crimes and lose all the businesses they took by force.
    These criminals have done so much damage to the country and the people.Muri kuchema kuti huku yadya mazai ayo,zvinoshamisa kuti ZANU yauraya ,munhu here?Ivo veZANU havarambi.Vanokuudzai kuti ZANU ndeyeropa,they entered the party voluntarily so no mercy from me.Tsvatu waro,mbavha yakafa ikapisirwa mumba yekuba,gone una gone wakevo.

    • Varena

      This is really. There is no truth more than this. thank you.

      • munhu

        Lol I’m still digging up facts but what I know beyond any reasonable doubt is that you reap what you sow. Maybe what you’re saying is true

    • Shishma Jindwi

      Inga zvakaoma!

    • mukorekoreTavara

      Ko iye akabirwa naMujuru akange aibira ani

    • bona pombiyatyoka

      Finally someone I agree with

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  • Moltecc

    this is treason mr journalist if you allege such serious allegation be factual. your paper will close very soon. dont not cause discord in my country when you busy claiming false asylum. it is your kind that dont want elections happening in zimbabwe so as to stay on 75 pounds a week dole from gullible cameron.

    • matshobane

      Bloody ZANU di.ck suckers.Mugabe and Chiwenga assassinated Mujuru.Who doesnt know that fact you bloody as.shole.Mr journalist, thanks for updating us on the matter we already knew

    • Lizangenzani

      Unofanirwa kudzi Mha.tex iweiwe!!!

  • Nistoiwe

    @Apongos:disqus wabaya dede nemukanwa

  • Muchinimuhombe

    wabaya dhodhi nechigunwe

  • GeorgeBachinche

    So where are the facts about the allegation. You are going on and on about unsubstantiated claims. Such poor reportage and you call youselves journalists?

    • Muchatenda

      We know the facts but they are not documented here.

    • Kwidzproquo

      And what will facts achieve? We all know MDC won the 2008 election, we have the results and the facts to show it. We also know Zanu sat on results for a month for no other reason than they had lost.
      Now we also know Mujuru was dead by the time the fire burnt his body. We have heard the testimony and we can see the evidence – fire from main house, Mujuru in bedroom yet he ran to the fire? kupi ikoko? big windows to escpae and he ran to the door? munotirwarira apa. Now you think if we show you facts, show the video of the events unfolding or show you the killers admitting their deeds it will change anything. Zanu will just ignore the facts, same way not even one of them has come out to speak on whether they believe it is foul play or an accident.
      You know that we know that you know the truth……..

  • A M24

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Ana Mujuru you could have saved Zimbabweans a lot of pain and suffering if you had stood your ground and remained mum on the poor conditions that people were having to endure and yet all you did was seek to enrich your own lives by acquiring several properties (some questionably). Mai Mujuru ngavarege kuda kuti bata maziso, she knows who is responsible for the murder of her husband and if she had any honour at all she would state it publicly but then she is no different to the people who killed her husband, just like he was wasnt much different to his killers. Mujuru’s, Chiwenga’s, Shiri, Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Nyikayaramba, Kasukuwere et al, you are all murderers and you will have to answer to the one true God 

    • Varena

      Mrs could be the killer M24. ZANU is full of the unpredictables deeds when in their circus.

  • Agreementkagura

    God help Zimbabwe…..

  • Munhumutema07

    He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.It will be the worst blunder of a life time for anyone to support Chiwenga’s accendency to presidency given the brutality of his personality through the sword, for he will also go down the same way like Tshaka Zulu, Kabila, Sadam and Gadhafi.The fingering of Matibili and Chiwenga makes sense when one considers the characteristic silence on Perence Shiri’s attempted murder and the silence of the security forces over the death of Gen Mujuru. Yes Mugabe is directly involved-no doubt.But I wonder why Chiwenga really thinks he himself is the chosen one. If Matibili can afford to put the lives of trusted puppets like Perence Shiri who attempted to wipe out a whole tribe in Mat’land, why would Chiwenga himself not be sniped out too once Mugabe has finished using him to eliminate all real and percieved adversaries?I guess Maj.Gen Satuku and Brg. Gen Chingono are now on the hit list too. Once Chiwenga becomes president(God forbid!!!), if he hasnt assasinated Shiri and Sibanda, he will retire them immediately and replace them with Nyikayaramba and some other submissive puppet. The MDC will just be killed through successive and sustained murders.

  • Inhousetrainings

    just happy

  • Inhousetrainings

    im just happy happana tsvina ye zanu yazama kuopposer macomments e ma true zim heros ataona pano. let them fight one another, thats how gansters operate…you die one by one muchiurayana futi..chaos yamuchaona muparty iyoyi ichatyisa…

  • Hapana

    “It’s not clear whether Mugabe sanctioned Chiwenga’s operation but…..” It’s as clear as day that Mugabe ordered Chiwenga to do this. Chiwenga won’t budge without Mugabe’s approval.

  • Murdered

    Murdered/Assasinated/Killed yu name it and put a tag on it, he was taken before his time and he was taken by one of his own comrades in the struggle of majority rule, the struggle which we all admire and admired the deceased for his examplary fight and leadership. Now the that the struggle is over, the sons are now ploting against each other and are at each other’s throats. The political games is getting nasty by the day as the old man nears his end. He is the one who has created all this mess in front of us and now sons of the soils are plotting against eact other night and day.
    ooh dear Lord almight, have mercy on us yo Zimbabwean children. We have suffered enough at the hand of a brutal governance system.Help us overcome and get peace in out belove motherland.

  • Gringo

    Apongos. Remember the white man you say Mujuru stole the house from stole the land on which he built the house. Unless you are a naked racist or a daylight white ass licker, you cant deny this

    • Sangodema

      2 Wrongs do not make it right kana wabirwa iwe wobawo, vana vodziidza chii?

    • zanu pf mhata

      The white man you said stole the land actually bought it on 1980 so get ur facts right intact its u who is racist just because he is white you just think he stole the land mhata yako


    THIS IS BRAINWASHING MATERIAL created by the Enemies of Zimbabwe. They hope to divide the mighty ZANU by peddling LIES about who killed Mujuru when everything is pointing to foreign agent bent on wanting to divide ZANU by causing a split so as to boost MDC.

  • Tannaxy

    people vulgar language is not a way of expression, remember it is not only u who posts or comments, let us keep our heads and dignity as zimbabweans….we will get through all problems but what matters is we come out with our dignity intact.

  • nkomati

    what goes around comes around.who delivered the bomb that killed Herbert Chitepo?check with the Zambian high court records…..Kutamba ne pfumo unofa ne pfumo.

  • Kari

    Munoti kufa imhosva ukatamba neMapfumo unofa neMapfumo



  • dabrown1

    chokwadi chiri pachena, mukuru haana kufa nekutsva uyu. Asi hapana ati ada kubuditsa humbowo pachena chete. uku kunongedzana neminwe pasina evidence kune miyedzo

  • dasukinternational

    IF this is going to be the kind of President we are going to have in Zimbabwe then we feel sorry for the country and the people. Ignoramus character becoming a President that will be the end of Zimbabwe. A Commander In Chief of a country must respect all political structures of his country.The current trend shows the lack of knowledge to lead and understand what politics is about. The Bullying behaviours are visibly clear and it is always the ignorant who are the most Ruthless for they no nothing apart from their own inadequacies which are going to consume them when real challenges come.

  • Come out, go out

    Apa manyeba vanhu imi. Chiwenga has nothing to do with the death of Mujuru. Mujuru promoted Chiwenga at the expense of Valerie Sibanda. Ngwena ndiye ane sando dzose dzekufa kwa Mujuru. He knows the people assigned to assassinate him after consultation naBob.

  • Pepertua Chakezha

    And now people in Zimbabwe are rallying behind the woman who is attacking Teurai Ropa. It is sad to think that Zimbabwe people are being transformed to be toys. Mugabe and his faction killing people attacking people and disturbing the economy. Mugabe faction are the ones that are corrupt and have taken the whole Mazowe and other farms. I don’t think the attacks by Grace Mugabe are justified. This goes to tell you who killed Rex nhongo. This was a plan to remove Teurai. I hope there still army officer who support Mujuru

  • I suspect Mnangagwa was behind Mujuru’s death and he planted this story to divert attention from his sinking faction!

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