By Chengetai Zvauya
HARARE – Members of Parliament across the political divide suspect foul play in the mysterious death of Retired General Solomon Mujuru and have demanded a thorough investigation. Mujuru died in mysterious circumstances at his Beatrice farm in August, and it is not yet known whether he died before an inferno at his house or was killed by the fire.
Police recently said they had finished the first part of investigations but are yet to make their findings public stocking up the grapevine over the circumstances surrounding Retired General Mujuru’s death.
His wife, Vice President Joice Mujuru has demanded answers. She poured her heart out days after her husband’s death saying she could not understand how a military man could have failed to escape a fire in a house which had so many easily accessible exit points.
The legislators want answers on what transpired on the day Mujuru met his fate. Both Zanu PF and MDC MP’s spoke with one voice on the matter during a Parliamentary debate focusing on the issue. The issue was ignited by a motion moved by Zanu PF MP for Mwenezi East, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti paying condolences to the late Retired General.
The MPs expressed their wish to have details of Mujuru death made public to end anxiety currently gripping his family. The legislators are also eager to have the findings of the investigations out to end public speculation of foul play. Zanu PF MP for Uzumba Simba Mudarikwa said that the nation was saddened with the demise of the Retired General and wanted to know the truth surrounding his death.
“The truth will come out on the cause of his death as everyone wants to know and we ask the police to finish their investigations quickly,’’ said Mudarikwa. Zanu PF MP for Mazowe West Richard Chirongwe also shared Mudarikwa’s sentiments saying the nation did not understand how a military man of his status could have succumbed to death in a fire.
“We are saddened with the way he died as we did not expect him to die that way,’’ said Chirongwe. Both MPs said they never doubted Mujuru’s hero status and did not have any problems attending his burial at the national shrine.
Other Zanu PF members who received military training together with Mujuru like MP for Marondera East Ambrose Mutinhiri and Cairo Mhandu, the MP for Mazowe North, told Parliament how they learnt military tactics from Mujuru during the war of independence in the 1970s.
Mujuru and Mutinhiri worked together when he was a commander of the war of liberation war when both of them were part of the Zipra forces. Mhandu said he also worked with him during the 1970’s when he had joined Zanla forces in Mozambique.
Mhandu had no kind words for some of his Zanu PF colleagues whom he described as “film actors” who pretended to have played a major role in liberating the country boasting of their fake war credentials which Mujuru never did. MDC MPs, led by minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Eric Matinenga, added their voice to calls for the probe into Mujuru’s death.
“We appreciate that the police are investigating his death but the people in this country want full information and it is very vital for the people charged with the investigations to take people seriously and make the information available and to end the speculation surrounding his death.
“We read in the newspaper of different information and it is a concern to us as we need to know what really happened,’’ said Matinenga. MDC MP for Buhera Central Tangwara Matimba said many national heroes had died in dubious circumstances which needed public explanation.
“I want to say we have many mysterious deaths with many leaders from Zanu PF perishing under dubious circumstances. We have the death of Moven Mahachi, Border Gezi and Elliot Manyika and we wonder what is happening here.
It was also the same in the liberation struggle. During the Rhodesian times, we had Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Magama Tongogara all dying mysteriously and the government of Rhodesia was blamed so was Zanu PF and this has to be explained to the nation as well,” said Matimba.
Zanu PF MP for Mbire Paul Mazikana had the house in stitches when he stood up to debate the motion and started singing and dancing to war liberation songs praising Mujuru. Daily News