Renewed tension over Solomon Mujuru's death

HARARE - Emotions are boiling over again regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of liberation struggle icon General Solomon Mujuru in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farm — just outside Harare — in 2011, as well as the post-congress Zanu PF’s continued desecration of his name.

This comes as the Daily News confirmed yesterday that former Vice President Joice Mujuru and other close family members held a private function in Harare on Heroes Day to remember the revered late liberation struggle icon — amid growing accusations by critics of the ruling party that it is “trying to delete General Mujuru from the annals of history”.

At the same time, there were strong indications yesterday that the Mujuru family is serious about its recent suggestions that they are working with private investigators to get to the bottom of the contested circumstances that led to Gen Mujuru’s death — amid suspicions by his loved ones that the country’s first army commander may have been murdered by his political foes.

It has not helped matters that Solomon Mujuru’s name — whose liberation struggle nom de guerre was Rex Nhongo — has almost become a four-letter word within the post-congress Zanu PF, with a recent report that was prepared by the party’s disciplinary committee claiming that he had been plotting with his wife to oust President Robert Mugabe from power.

The divisive report has widened fissures within the warring ruling party which has since split into two distinct and bitterly-opposed formations, with many of the former liberation movement’s struggle stalwarts now identifying themselves with the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First.

“From as far back as the 5th National People’s Congress (which was held in December 2009), the party and Government was aware that Joice Mujuru was either leading or complicit in a plot to oust the president.

“She, then with the help of her late husband had plotted to thwart the president’s nomination at the 5th National People’s Congress, mainly through the agency of her cabal’s handpicked or imposed provincial chairmen.

“Even though she (Joice) says she should not be held accountable for the actions of her late husband, her actions after his death in 2011 show that she was much in the plot and continued with the scheme of the husband,” the report says.

Asked by the Daily News yesterday how she had commemorated her husband’s death last week, Mujuru would only say, in a typically diplomatic and terse response, “We remembered him at home with family.”

But her close allies, who were like, her ruthlessly purged from the post-congress Zanu PF late last year, were more forthcoming in their responses, saying Mugabe and his party were “desperately trying to erase General Mujuru from the history books”.

Former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, said it was “sickening that people who were on the periphery of the liberation struggle are now being celebrated when true heroes have been forgotten”.

“We have our own views and the post-congress Zanu PF has its own. We don’t know why they have decided to forget VaMujuru, but General Mujuru is our liberator. If it was not for him we would not have won this country. He was at the forefront and not back as most of them were,” Mutasa said.

The former close aide to Mugabe, who is among the leading proponents of the “original” Zanu PF that is presumptively led by Mujuru, added that most of the country’s political leadership during the struggle era were either in exile or in prison while the late Gen Mujuru led the battle against minority rule “in the trenches”.

“There is no doubt that General Mujuru was the face of our struggle. We went to war with the likes of VaMugabe but there were some who were on the front, like Mujuru, the late General Josiah Tongogara and the late Air Marshal Josiah Tungamirai.

“Those are the people who should come to our minds when we remember our heroes because those are the true heroes,” Mutasa said.

Another disaffected party stalwart, who requested anonymity as he still serves in a senior leadership position in the post-congress Zanu PF, said he and many others were “very angry that some amongst us continue to desecrate Rex’s name”.

“If there is a big blight on the legacy of the party and the liberation movement in general, it is this terrible tendency of scandalising fallen heroes like Rex. I can’t accept that, particularly as most of these unwarranted insults come from Weevils (Zanu PF Johnny-come-latelies) who know very little about the struggle.

“This is why many comrades now suspect that Rex was murdered, because of this silly and loose talk. Did a candle fire really cause his death? I pray that the president (Mugabe) will one day open his eyes and see all this madness for what it is.

“Can you believe it that our own movement actually reversed (in 2012) the renaming of Enterprise Road in Harare to Solomon Mujuru by the MDC council of all people. That is insane,” the miffed bigwig said.

Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, whose opposition party-led council proposed the name change that was rejected by Zanu PF, told the Daily News yesterday that they were now wary of changing street names because of the Mujuru experience.

“We need convergence on whose responsibility (the renaming of streets) it is, and how it is done. The process of doing it must allow for universal acceptance, not rejections which can embarrass the intentions and also those near and dear to those being honoured,” Manyenyeni said.

Notwithstanding the accusations that the post-congress Zanu PF is rewriting history and ignoring some of the leading lights of the liberation struggle, its spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo described this year’s Heroes Day celebrations as “a resounding” success.

He flatly refused to be drawn into commenting on the alleged shortfalls regarding the conferment and celebration of heroes.

“It was excellent I must say. The attendance was massive and that is a demonstration that our people do remember our heroes. It was a sombre expression of a plural sense of unity.

“It is a day we take seriously because we have to use it as a day of reflection and stock taking, a day for reflection and a day to re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of the revolution. If it was not for them there would be no Zimbabwe today,” he said.

Asked to respond to Mutasa’s charges, Khaya Moyo said curtly, “I am not his spokesperson”. And when he was pressed to shed light on why the ruling party had seemingly forgotten General Mujuru, Khaya Moyo said he did not speak for anyone but Zanu PF.

“I am not his (Mujuru’s) spokesperson.”

Comments (17)

Mukoma Nhongo is more hero than RGM. We only new of Mugabe in 1977 when Rex was already an icon.

EL-DODO - 18 August 2015

There can be tension or no tension the bottom line is that Solomon is dead, he seem to have died as a coward, that is what the family need to deal with, unravel and nail Mugabe, Mnangagwa and Bonyongo for it. However one wonders why CIO would be involved since Grace alleges that Mujuru was close to Bonyongo nad Chihuri. Mujuru and her family will do themselves much favour by supporting a progressive people's part MDC-T and have Save Tsvangirai as President then he will open a commission of inquiry, another True truth and Reconciliation to have perpatrators violence and murderous ZANU PF hack men to book after real confession where they will be pardon after proper confession. That will nail the Mugabes and partners since he will never confess. Right now Mujuru will make the killers scared and destroy all evidence. There are many investigators now who can still resolve the secret, she can still get other not far from SA or even far like America, but now even if she finds them, ZANU PF will pardon and pass a lighter sentence then what?

amina - 18 August 2015

An independent investigation was proposed and Mugabe blocked it. So if somebody doesn't want the truth to be known, then that person knows why he is refusing that truth to be known. In most cases its to do with protecting involvement in it. Mugabe is the murderer of Solomon Mujuru because Mujuru had become a direct threat to him.

Ziziharinanya - 18 August 2015

Well we know that this Solomon is the one who put Mugabe in zanu in exile despite some disapproval from the more senior Magama Tongogara . Why should we feel sorry for him when he had a hand in the killing of 20 000 people or is he more important than the 20 000 lives he terminated . Actually he was drunk along side a girl friend when they caused fire that killed them . He never said a word when Mugabe turned commercial farms in to magudwane digging grounds . He was one of them .

Diibulaanyika - 18 August 2015

hazvina kana nebasa rese izvo. what we need are jobs, proper service delivery inter alia kwete zvemagandanga

Gweta - 18 August 2015

“This is why many comrades now suspect that Rex was murdered, because of this silly and loose talk. Did a candle fire really cause his death? I pray that the president (Mugabe) will one day open his eyes and see all this madness for what it is." One Zaun-PF big wig said, Really? What is it that RG Mugabe does not know? It is him RG Mugabe who killed Rex! It is an open secret. Why do Zanoids make such inferences to protect this evil Zanu-PF mafia godfather, Robert? Why?

Mbareboy - 18 August 2015

at least we in Zapu know who killed Lookout Masuku, the Deputy Commander at Independence

nelson - 19 August 2015

THIS WHOLE MADNESS REMIND ME OF MY HERO COMRADE AND FRIEND PROFESSOR JOHN MAKUMBE.SAYING INGURUVE DZIRI KUTSVA NEMAFUTA ADZO.WE LOST REAL CADRES LIKE LEARNMORE JONGWE AND NO ONE COMPLAINED.U REMEMBER THE LAST WORDS OF ZVOBGDO TO BORDER GEZI CHENJERAI ZANU VARUME

DHINDINDI - 19 August 2015

Dhindindi,tell us what Zvobgo said to Gezi about zanupf?

mbiti - 19 August 2015

Josiah Tongagara, Herbert Chitepo, Solomon Mujuru, Itia Dzamara and several more have either just disappeared off the face of this earth or died under very mysterious circumstances. This is ZANU PF culture and how it works, hey? Obliterate any real potential threat? Big question is: why has it taken Mai Mujuru so long to feel so grieved and register any concern about her late husband, someone we know that she did not like or even socialize with? Don't be fooled with this show or performance because Mai Mujuru and the Gamatox team still remain firmly entrenched in the Mugabe camp.

Trust Me - 19 August 2015

El-Dodo, because u r told history by sum1 who is a loser, thats why u claim that RGM was there only in 1977. My friend late me tell you that RGM was there before the revolt from ZAPU in 1963. Remember He was arrested for 10yrs thats when he travelled to Moza where u now claim you know him then. RGM is not a trained soldier like them in Moza were. War is fought by politicians and soldiers. So dont say all those who were not in the war front are not Heroes. Lets get the history strait, maybe u know Rugare Gumbo the Traitor, may thats your Hero!

RASTA - 19 August 2015

Sure war was fought by all people from different walks of life so there is no who is more of a hero than the other.a hero is a hero that comes with merit whether one likes it or not.Cde Mujuru,Masuku,Tongogara,Mangena and many others who were killed like Nhari are heroes.Now what happens is these people always kill each other lets look at what happened to Cde Chitepo,J.Z Moyo,Nikita Mangena,Cde Tongo and now Mujuru.all suggests that is their game,they eliminate each other when it is deemed necessary.That is one of the reasons why we say politics is a dirty game

carson macate - 19 August 2015

Naturally Mr Moyo is not able to answer your questions young man, nor is he capable of debating any political issues with a representative of an independent news organisation. He can only make an address and if it is an unprepared one, the result is this incoherent burble, where he repeats nonsense to a forced audience. "Resounding success... massive attendance... sombre!" That massive retrenchments are creating massive hunger and that roads are in critical conditions of disrepair and that citizens are migrating, the spokesman and veteran parasite cannot discuss. Instead, he is comfortable feeding the hungry with empty words. An honest reflection will indeed reveal that under his Government, the masses have become much much poorer. Is what the people are experiencing today the cause of the revolution? It would do these guys a lot of good to recline in their comfortable homes and eat the last of our monies and refrain from appearing in public where they make fools of themselves by refusing to furnish answers to pertinent questions. Nothing can be more shameful.

Mr Dete - 20 August 2015

yes on this one let the heavens take over no clue at all probably magaya or makandiwa must look into their glasses for answers

farai chauke - 21 August 2015

Tongo was opposed to Mugabe's appointment as leader & he was right, he would later pay the prize with his life. The king maker Rex benefitted & enjoyed for most of his life a cosy relationship with the tyrant but eventually paid the prize just like many. Please do not feel sorry for these morons. if we occupy our minds with these murderers, we will loose focus of the bigger challenges to rebuild this once great country. People need to unite against these liberators turned selfish morons who think they have a God given right to plunder the country and rule us until they die of old age. They should have all resigned in the late 80s and let the young & fit people take this country forward. We had makoni, dabengwa, any many potential leaders a decade after independence. Remember Mugabe's deputies, Joshua Nkomo, Simon muzenda, Joseph Msika, John Nkomo all died in office. What a disgrace. RG is still in office at 91 years.

ZANU yeropa - 22 August 2015

Tongo was opposed to Mugabe's appointment as leader & he was right, he would later pay the prize with his life. The king maker Rex benefitted & enjoyed for most of his life a cosy relationship with the tyrant but eventually paid the prize just like many. Please do not feel sorry for these morons. if we occupy our minds with these murderers, we will loose focus on the bigger challenges to rebuild this once great country. People need to unite against these liberators turned selfish morons who think they have a God given right to plunder the country and rule us until they die of old age. They should have all resigned in the late 80s and let the young & fit people take this country forward. We had makoni, dabengwa, any many potential leaders a decade after independence. Remember Mugabe's deputies, Joshua Nkomo, Simon muzenda, Joseph Msika, John Nkomo all died in office. What a disgrace. RG is still in office at 91 years.

ZANU yeropa - 22 August 2015

God is watching he not a fool

tindo - 24 August 2015

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