Explain Mujuru death: Brother

HARARE - The late Solomon Mujuru’s elder brother, Joel, says Zanu PF’s increasingly violent factional succession wars have cast fresh doubts on the circumstances surrounding his young brother’s much-debated death in a mysterious inferno three years ago.

As a result, he told the Daily News in an interview at his humble homestead in Goromonzi yesterday that it may be a question of time before “the truth comes out” and the perpetrators of the heinous 2011 act are “smoked out”.

Joel said the family was also deliberating whether to take the disputed circumstances surrounding his young brother’s death back to the courts, but would probably hold on to a final decision until after President Robert Mugabe had made a “substantive comment” on the current goings-on in Zanu PF.

The soft spoken elder Mujuru also said there was “a clear and well-orchestrated assault” on Solomon’s widow, Vice President Joice Mujuru, and it was a matter of time before the names of the people who stood to benefit the most from his brother’s death and the victimisation of his widow were known publicly.

Solomon’s remains, whose liberation war nom de guerre was Rex Nhongo, were found after a mysterious inferno that gutted his Beatrice farmhouse.

Although a lengthy inquest into his death eventually ruled out foul play, the Mujuru family still strongly believe that the decorated liberation icon, who was also widely regarded as the kingmaker in Zanu PF, was eliminated by ambitious rivals angling to hijack the party.

“Vanezvinangwa zvavo vanhu ava, Solomon haasi benzi kwaari ikoko (His murderers had an aim, and Solomon is not a fool wherever he is). He cannot leave those who killed him enjoying life. These attacks (on his widow) are tell-tale signs that soon they will confess to killing him,” said the emotional Joel.

“As the Mujuru family we have people, relatives who are now looking into these matters regarding the death of Mujuru and also the allegations against the VP.

“We will weigh our options and decide soon whether to take the case to court or not. For now we await the President’s response before we do that,” Joel said.

Asked if his brother, who helped convince the guerrillas to accept Mugabe as their civilian leader in the late 1970s would be happy with the situation obtaining in Zanu PF and by extension in the country as a whole, he said Rex would be unfazed by the rumblings of some “few women who are being used by some men”.

“General Mujuru is not the type to fear this. Even though the women have some people behind them, what we are seeing are two snakes that are twisting facts,” Joel said.

Politely asking Mugabe to show where he stands on Zanu PF’s ugly goings-on, the Mujuru family spokesman said they had confidence that reason would ultimately prevail in the party and that all the “current contrived lies” would be debunked.

“As the Mujuru family we are waiting. There is nothing we have heard so far from the president. The president fought the war with our son Solomon and the two know how difficult things were during the war.

They know what they went through even after independence,” he said.

He spoke fondly about his brother, whose “inexplicable death” appears to be still vividly etched on his mind.

He also emphatically exonerated his sister-in-law, the under-fire VP, from the “false accusations” that she harboured coup thoughts against Mugabe.

“Teurai ndakamuziva kwenguva huru. Ndini ndakamutambira kubva kuhondo ane mwana anonzi Chipo. Chipo akachema kwezuva rese ndikabisa dollar rekumunyaradza ndatambira amai vake Teurai auya na the late Air Marshal Josiah Tungamirai. (I have known Teurai for a long time, I received her together with a child named Chipo. Teurai was accompanied by the late Air Marshal Josiah Tungamirai).

“Haana pfungwa yekuti angafunge kudeura ropa remumwe munhu. (She has no intention of killing anyone). I have never heard about that,” Joel said.

With one of the most powerful names in the country now soiled by a ruthless propaganda war churned by State media, Mujuru said Mugabe should stop the madness, which has now affected even their children.

“The President should warn these people to stop making these frivolous allegations. We have heard the allegations and it’s time for the law to take its course,” he said.

He added that only Mugabe and his sister-law could decide whether to call it a day in politics.

“Teurai haana kunzi nangana enda kuhondo, akaenda ega. Teurai haafi akabiswa pachigaro nemumwe munhu, asikuti anoita zvaanonzwa iye. (She volunteered to join the struggle, no one will remove her from power, she can only resign.)

“And I know she wants to serve Zimbabwe. She has a boss, President Mugabe, he is the only one who can say turn left, turn right, jump to Teurai, kwete mumwevo munhu zvake akazvarwa namai vake nababa vake,” (Not any other nonentity) Joel added.

Anxiously waiting for Mugabe, who is yet to make a formal comment on the dangerous goings-on ripping Zanu PF apart, Joel said the family did not even mind if their brother’s remains were exhumed and removed from the Heroes Acre.

“If there are war veterans out there, who spend sleepless nights along with Solomon, who are still alive, can they stand up and vapupure huipi hwaSolomon hwabuda nhasi. (War veterans who fought alongside Solomon must come and defend his legacy).

“They should tell us whether Solomon deserves to be at the Heroes Acre as there is no other hero who has been attacked as is happening to Solomon,” he said.

Observers say the beleaguered VP is paying for the late Mujuru’s “sins” and control over Zanu PF before his inglorious demise in the inexplicable inferno in August 2011.

“We hereby challenge vaMutsvangwa kuti vataure nekuti takazonzwa vakutaura kuti vamwe havana kudonhedza ndege. (Mutsvangwa must also comment as he is doing).

“Ngavatiudze vaibata pfuti six vamwe vachibata imwechete. (Mutsvangwa must tell us who was a good fighter and who was not). He should tell us whether we should remove Solomon from the Heroes Acre.”

Comments (33)

Why not be open and say Grace killed Rex Nhongo so that she could tell her wife to resign. She should defend herself just like Teurai is defending herself.

Edzai - 26 November 2014

It's too late mwachewe. ZANU (read Mugabe) chiwororo!

dick mboko - 26 November 2014

Hahahaha Old man just concentrate on peasantry farming, the fights in the revolutionary party are too complex to be dictated by nonentities of you callibre

BlackBoy - 26 November 2014

"Solomon is not a fool where ever he is,he can not leave those who killed him enjoying life"Mr joel Mujuru think kana muchitaura ,there are bigger Greats in zimbabwes history who died for nothing(last minute nyika yave yedu),34yrs down the line, these Madalas eat , drink,grabe, rob diamonds,plunder the countrys wealth,rig and win elections by paying big bucks to int companies..they will even kill you mdara Joel as you are complaining zuva nezuva I totally disagree because in 34yrs,they would have done something at least to show they died in vein,as you can see mweya wa Saddam urikukonzeresa muIraq, mweya waGaddafi urikudzengerera mu Libya,hamugarike,zvinogara zvaka pressa, unovatuma ku pisa ndege dzakamhara pa airport.zve mu zw zvakaoma ku Bengazi

kambudzi - 26 November 2014

Vapfana muchakaura wawatai asi Zanu haiparadzwe nezvisina basa. Uyuwo Mujuru atove mushakabvu vakafa ngavavigane

ZANUWOYE - 26 November 2014

As long as his position looks threatened Mugabe will forget a friend. Someone once said if you give dogs mustard and put them in a cage they will tear each other apart.

maita - 26 November 2014

Kkkkkkkk Kuzanu pf Mugabe is like e God I wonder why people vanoti vakarwa Hondo vachimutya kuswika pakadaro .Now Zviripachena kuti vanhu ava Havana Hondo yavakarwa asi Kati vaive busy vehuku dzedu mumakomo look at them they r now just being used like toilet paper vachingotevedzera nekamuhure aka kapedzisa vanadium vevanhu nechihure now kavekutonga

poporoza - 26 November 2014

This family is going nuts, its not Solomon who lied that he downed a chopper, but its the corrupt VP, who has been wagging her tail over the false heroic act. I do not know if the brother is sober or drunk when he ask Mutsvanga to tell them to remove the relative's body from the national shrine, its entirely up to them and no one will stop them, vanhu veDaily munofumura vanhu muchiti murikuvabatsira, silly.

reason - 26 November 2014

I wonder if this brother Joel would have raised his head about Solomon Mujuru's death had Joyce Mujuru been tipped to carry on as the VP. Why now, could it have something to do with the imminent shut down of the usual flow he had grown accustomed to, could it be an honest concerned inquest? We are left wondering.

Dr Know - 26 November 2014

This was not a strange thing at all. The late Mujuru preferred true democracy now the fact that he was a threat to President Mugabe he planned to get rid of him. The late Mujuru and James Makamba were running a company together Kerstrel Holdings and it's now very clear why James Makamba is in hiding becacause he was going to spill the beans of what they did to the late Cde Mujuru. All this was master minded by the President. The same way people were being eliminated in Zimbabwe that's the same way they did to the late Rex Nhongo. But one day the truth will come out. Confront the President ,he is the best man to explain what happened to him and those who were assigned to do this cruel dirty job because of power.We are sick and tired of innocent people being murdered by people who claim to be fearing God yet they are Cabinet Members of Lucifer. One day they will be cast in a hell of fire forever then peace will now dwell again on the land of Zimbabwe

Karigamombe - 26 November 2014

Its only a purely innocent soul which can avenge after death.

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chiremb - 26 November 2014

Solomon is no special and is not the only high profile person to have been killed .Tongogara died in a strange car accident, Lookout Masuku was murdered by zanu Tonderai Ndira was murdered by zanu so are the 20 000 unarmed citizen in Matebeleland . while they is no proof that Solomon was murdered in case of the other cases i mentioned proof is there.

Diibulaanyika - 26 November 2014

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X-MAN IV - 26 November 2014

"He also emphatically exonerated his sister-in-law, the under-fire VP, from the “false accusations” that she harboured coup thoughts against Mugabe" maybe, but the fact remains the same. those who surrounded him had that in mind and wanted to install her by nominating her name at the congress as the only position to be filled by contest is that of the 1st secretary of ZANU(PF). now she is not rebuking them for bringing her name in disrepute, why?

Prosper Chinamhora - 26 November 2014

Ko munoti uiye Gire anoenda nepi nehari yafanzirofa. VERY SOON WILL FEEL PITY FOR HER LIKE MUJURU

chamvari - 26 November 2014

Only now that the wheels have come off the bus?? Asvotwa ngaarutse!

Icho - 27 November 2014

only fools commenting! 1. Joice was divorcee some years ago and is a divorcee not a widow-get it right. 2. Three controlled security in Beatrice, Lucy Chitaka, Joice Muguru and the female member in charge. 3.

apolitical - 27 November 2014

Who should explain Mujuru's death, nhai Joel?

machakachaka - 27 November 2014

Why now nhai vekwaMujuru? Maivepi nguva yose. Hoo! Nekuti mainini vaoneswa fayaz. Chingwa chobuda mumukanwa makatarisaka. Kikikikiki

Tichaonerera - 27 November 2014

Vanhu vaurawa neZanu vawandisa. My big question is " Has Zimbabwe been cursed?"

makombe - 27 November 2014

Its very sad i agree with Comrade Joel this guys vakupinda nomwenje mudziva the Mujuru family are not that dull as you think mvura godzonge ndiye dereke zvinorwadza mafire akaiita Rex nekurwa kwakaita murume uyu hondo kusunungura nyika ino mosara moshunguruza mukadzi wake mosarazve momushungurudza zvorwadza sei kushungurudzwa nemunhu asina kurwira chinhu chacho most of the pple who are ululating now kana kumbobata pfuti havana just to hold it they didnt its sad but zvichapfuka

fireman - 27 November 2014

Guys all your comments sucks, why not spend your energy and time playing with dolls somewhere, instead of wasting your time saying stupid things.....

Rings - 27 November 2014

Aaah nhai Joel how can you hold the nation at ransom just because of your late brother ,yes everybody appreciates his role in the liberation but kuti mukadzi wake aite zvaanoda aaah kwete.Nyika ndeyedu tese,we all deserve a chance to be in leadership saka kana zvanzi nhasi ndezveduwo imi manga muchidya musachema. Regai kuda kuvhundutsira vanhu nezita remushakabvu,kkkkk munoda deliverance vakuru imi,kusvika rini tichitongwa nemimvuri yedu?

sinyoro - 27 November 2014

I think Joel is correct coz if anyone will ask such questions if such death happens in his family ,the way Solomon died and after his death the wife is persecited in such a manner leaves a lot of questions unanswered

green masvingo - 27 November 2014

Varume ngatinatei Jesu wava pedyo kudzoka zvimwe zvezvinhu hamugoni kuzvidzivirira chero mukataura sei. Mattew 24 verengai yose paneimwe verse inoti kusarurama kuchawanda in the last days. So lets focus on Jesus Christ please. Mwari vanopindira iwe irwa kuita zvakanaka chete.

cale - 27 November 2014

Look guys nguva yapera mazuva aswedera Christu wava pedyo kuuya saka chero mukataura sei hapana chinoshanduka rather we ought to pray manzwa here mhuri yeZimbabwe. Prayer change everything. Be right with the Lord regai vanoita zvakaipa varambe vachiita. Read also Revelations 22 v 11. Kune vasingagoni kurarama vasingagoni kuita zvakaipa saka pamwe pacho magwaro ari kuzara. Saka hama dzangu nzwisisai nguva kuti dzava nguva dzokupedzisira.

JJ - 27 November 2014

Only God knows, ngati siei kuna mwari achapa mhinduro yake. this is the beginning of many evil acts in zanu pf, i tell you wait and see by 21 Feb the truth will be out.

gukurahundi - 27 November 2014

Ko iye mukoma wa Solomon aidiyi kuita complain nguva yakafa Solomon? Hapana chinobuda apa.

Der - 27 November 2014

Jeso ngaparidzwe, no evil deed goes unpunished everyone who sawed a seed shall surely reap a good measure pressed down shaken together and running over. Amen

John The Bobtist - 1 December 2014

Why the President and the military chief chose to be present in the Post Mortem room? what findings as the cause of death did they want? Smoke resulting from fire. Then what, the culprits so apparent. Just see the reason Good Zimbabweans!!!.

Outsider - 16 December 2014

Rex nhongo was just something

kudzai - 20 August 2015

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