Midzi 'suicide' rocks Zanu PF

HARARE - The family members of Amos Midzi, a top ally of former vice president Joice Mujuru suspected to have committed suicide yesterday, have said they cannot rule out  foul play.

Midzi, 62, a former minister of Mines was found dead in his car near his farm house yesterday, a week after being suspended from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF for allegedly plotting against the nonagenarian.

Villagers found the body of Midzi, the former Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman in his vehicle at his farm in Marirangwe near Harare.

The politician was in the backseat of his SUV, with legs stretched between the front seats.

Some blue sleeping pills were found in the vehicle.

Family spokesperson Stanley Midzi said they did not know whether he took the drugs under duress or it was out of his own free will.

“He did not leave a suicide note,” the younger Midzi told the Daily News.

Stanley said only the post mortem will reveal whether there were other drugs in his system or he had bodily injuries.

Another family member, who declined to be named, said based on findings at the scene, the conclusion can be drawn that the most likely cause of death was a crime.

Stanley, however, said he was aware that his brother was suffering sleeping disorders. He said the disorder started after Midzi was unceremoniously ostracised from Zanu PF.

“You know how the politics of the party have been going on and how he was booted out,” he said.

“For someone who had a passion for politics and someone who started politics in high school at Fletcher High School in Gweru, politics was his life and I know that he was deeply hurt with everything that happened to him.”

Stanley narrated to the Daily News how the family got to find his body after his wife, Alice, had made numerous inquiries over his whereabouts.

He said their nephew, Joel, advised them about the death.

Stanley said the farm manager called Joel in the wee hours of the morning telling him to come to the farm immediately because Midzi’s body had been spotted in the car.

When they failed to open the locked doors of his car, they smashed the windows to gain access. The car keys were initially missing, but police claim they were later found under a mat in the vehicle.

The family spokesperson said it was suspected Midzi drunk a mixture of 500 millilitres of tamaron pesticide and five midazolam tablets.

“The initial picture we have is that he committed suicide,” the distraught brother said.

“The two drugs he took are midazolam which is a sedating drug normally given to people who are having challenges in sleeping. It is also given to a patient who is going for a medical operation to sedate them.

“It is part of the medication that is used to sedate a patient before a procedure. It can also be taken by people who are having difficulty in sleeping. The other liquid was used in the treatment of tobacco called tamaron.”

Several ruling party officials said they were very affected and distraught by the premature loss of the former Zanu PF Harare provincial chairperson.

Born July 4, 1952, Midzi was part of the 89 party officials suspended from Zanu PF recently.

He was slapped with a five-year suspension for being part of the so-called “Gamatox camp” allegedly fronted by Joice Mujuru — which was accused of trying to topple Mugabe from power.

He began his political career in the late 70s and served as deputy minister from 1982, holding several ministerial portfolios after launching his political career.

As Harare chairperson, he became infamous for his fierce run-ins with his jailed rival Godwin Gomwe. First Lady Grace Mugabe later brokered a peace accord between the warring parties.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for the Original Zanu PF (People First), said they had been saddened by the circumstances surrounding Midzi’s death.

“We are saddened with the untimely death,” Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday. “It came as a shock to us. Our thoughts are with the Midzi family. May his soul rest in peace.”

Gumbo said his outfit would meet over the death of Midzi before issuing out a comprehensive statement.

Comments (32)

i hate politics, did you recall the death of eliot manyika, border gezi, enos chikowore.,morris nyagumbo, general mujuru, hunzvi, hove. so sad.

gamatox - 10 June 2015

mabasa e ZANU izvi ndizvo zvavanogona kunyanya, asi mwari ndewe munhu wese.

njanji - 10 June 2015

Waenda nepasi,wadyiwa nepasi,hazvinei kuti uri Zanu PF yakatangfa kana yegore rapera,Herald kana Dailynews reporter bkana yakwana unoshaya,zivai izvozvo.

changara - 10 June 2015

@gamatox. Pane vese vawataura hapana wandinochema. Vakafa vakaguta. Ndino chema raramiro reruzhinji rweZimbabwe nhasi uno. Dai dzisiri mbavha dzeZanu-PF dai nyika ichakanaka vanhu vachirarama upenyu husiri hwembeva.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 June 2015

mention also the terrible deaths of innocent civilians butchered in Matabeleland

met - 10 June 2015

hasi war vet uyo, he is a coward. he took his own life.

reason - 10 June 2015

It is too late daily news we have already read what you are saying here from other publications who have breaking news additions for their readers . You must be ashamed to give your loyal readers second hand information the best thing is to apologise and clarify this anomaly to your readers . pissed off.

Diibulaanyika - 10 June 2015

This is clearly the work of Zanu PF. Why do they do such things, why didn't they just expel him. Kill him? No!

Inyika - 10 June 2015

You should call your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away: •Headache. •Nausea. •Drowsiness. •Vomiting. •Hiccups. •Coughing. •Pain, redness, or hardening of your skin at the injection site if the drug is given intravenously. So why anyone who has decided to die take something that can so long to kill them. Dr Stanely was the tamaron container seal broken?

The Watchman - 10 June 2015

Apologies this was about this Drug Dr Stanely say his brither Amos took. "MIDAZOLAM which is a sedating drug normally given to people who are having challenges in sleeping" Did maiguru say bhudhi vaitambura nekutdza kukotsira zvekuda kunokotsira mumahuswa?

The Watchman - 10 June 2015

@gamatox yes we remember those deaths but for Hunzvi, its AIDS no doubt ndo mapioneer ayoka aya. Apa zvkara zvadyana, ndofunga kuepworth kune mafaro akawedzera the guys vakaterroriser vamwe, rega uone pano svika Heroes vanenge vaakuma 7

dziks - 10 June 2015

The death of the lion (Midzi) is good news to the sheep (MDCT). Midzi and his Chipangano project was a nightmare for all MDCT supporters in Harare.Amos Bernard Midzi was a true Satan's disciple.

Taura Zvose - 10 June 2015

If you know whats good for you pliz do not join zanupf. zvaka fanana neku joina zvinyawe. You come out with death no doubt. This is no suicide. The guy was killed period

equalizer - 10 June 2015

IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO SAY ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT ANYONE IN ZANU PF, BUT AMOS MIDZI WAS ONE IN A MILLION IN THAT PARTY. VERY GENTLE, HUMBLE AND REASONABLE TO TALK TO. ONE WONDERS WHETHER THOSE WHO HOUNDED AND DROVE HIM TO SUCH AN ACT SLEEP PEACEFULLY IN THEIR BEDS. HOW DOES MUGABE FEEL AFTER YET ANOTHER SOUL HE HAS LED TO SUCH AN END? ONE WONDERS IF AT ALL THE MAN IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS OWN END WHEN HE WOULD MEET HIS MAKER AND EXPLAIN ALL THIS. SHAME ON HIM AND HIS LOT FOR SURE!!!!

SHIBOBO - 10 June 2015

Daily News, you are really too slow. Very very slow. You move at a snail's pace. By the time you write the news, it will be stale news. Why Herald is always ahead of you? You are really too slow like a turle. Really a tortoise, for God's sake you are moving like a camelion.

Ambassador Percy - 10 June 2015

The picture clearly shows the guy was not well for some time . look at this picture and look at the one when he was standing with Joice you will see he was infected . but anyway he knows why he killed himself but that is non of our business and it is business as usual for his victims .God knows where this guy is going to be sent koSATAN GEHENA MOST LIKELY.

Diibulaanyika - 10 June 2015

Just a mere one week outside Zanu pf , life was unbearable for Midzi to the level of committing suicide. Good luck on your way to hell.

X-MAN IV - 10 June 2015

Tamaron is one of the most deadly pesticides and one can easily die after breathing its vapor. That brings into question sedative pills because he couldn't have drunk Tamaron unaided. The mixture was therefore administered by someone. Another unbelievable case similar to Nyangumbo's death.

Dee - 10 June 2015

89 were expelled from zanu pf. One down, that means 88 to go. Kudakwashe Basket beware you are digging your own grave.

tobias - 11 June 2015

Hunzvi doesn't belong to this group. akarohwa ne AIDS uye and I hate National Heroes Acre because of people like him,RIP Amos Bernard Midzi, Oh, anga asina zita reShona or re chiNdebele!

Ngwenayasvinura - 11 June 2015

he enjoyed the ride and loved the ending tooo!!!!! vopedzana mazanu aye..there must be a chipfukuto in Beatrice ..Beware..

nasty o - 11 June 2015

vamuuraya zviri pachena sedriver wetractor.pose mugabe paanoenda kunze panosara pachifa munhu why?Nyatsotarisai pose pose pose panofa munhu mugabe anenge abuda kunze the same morning kuti zvisare zvichibuda iye aenda kare.POSE panofa munhu munangangwa does not go to the family of that person kusvika mugabe auya vatombogara meeting first kuti toti kudii to this family.Hapana anofarira kufa kwemunhu but mazanu pf ndioo chete.ONLY ONE DAY THE TRUTH WILL BE HEARD.ZVAKAFANANA NAMAGAYA MAZANU PF ARIKUSHANDISWA NANACHOMBO HAPANA ZVAMWARI CHOKWADI CHICHABUDA PAANOUYA KUNO KUBOTSWANA HAKUNA CHITSOTSI MABOFU,ZVIREMA,MATSI VAKAZARA KUNO THUS WERE WE WANT TO C CHOKWADI KUTI MUNHU WAMWARI HERE?MITI ICHASARA KUBORDER.REGA KUTUKA CHECHI DZIMWE YAKO IRI YEUTSOTSI HAPANA MIRACLE KUNO.

abraham zekaa - 11 June 2015

It's Soo sad, Rest in peace Nduguu

Jaja of Opobo - 11 June 2015

very sad indeed but there seem to be a can of worms on the death of Amos Midzi.I think i did not get it wrong when one of the G40 was boasting at a recent rally that those big fish who are busy stealing from the poor through shaddy housing co-operatives will soon be history.It has soon come to pass.

samanyika - 12 June 2015

what comes around goes around

Chitsiga - 12 June 2015

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