I will hunt down my husband's killers: Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says she will do everything in her power to get to the bottom of the controversial death of her decorated liberation struggle hero husband, Solomon — who she says was murdered before his body was burnt to ashes.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Wednesday, Mujuru described the official inquest that looked into Solomon’s death as “wishy-washy”, pointing out that this had left her family with dozens of questions, instead of finding closure.

“There won’t be closure because there was never closure before. You remember us as the family, after the inquest, the local one that was somewhat wishy-washy, we had requested that we be allowed to set up an independent inquest but were declined by the High Court and that left us with a lot of questions on why it was declined.

“Up to now we are still searching for answers, and we hope to find them,” she said.

Speaking in an interview with the United Kingdom-based Sunday Times newspaper recently, Mujuru said she was certain that Rex Nhongo (Solomon’s liberation struggle nom de guerre) had been murdered, but would not say who had carried out the evil assignment.

Her views contrast starkly with the findings of the government-appointed coroner who ruled out foul play following a two-week long inquest — after the late general’s charred remains were retrieved from his Beatrice farm, about 40 kilometres south of Harare in August 2011. In her interview with the British weekly, Mujuru also disputed the official version of the circumstances under which her revered husband died — vowing that the truth would eventually come out.

“There was a blue, blue flame, almost one-and-a-half to two metres high, (which is) not normal at all. It seemed to me there was some kind of accelerant,” she said — referring to the inferno that is said to have taken Solomon’s life.

“I can’t say who did it, but they know the people in power. It will come out,” she added.

Asked in her interview with the Daily News if she and her husband, who was referred to by some as the kingmaker in Zanu PF, were plotting to remove Mugabe from power as far back as 2007, Mujuru said those with proof should come forward and nail her.

“Can they prove it? That is hearsay. I didn’t know that Simba Makoni was forming his party. I didn’t know that (MDC leader Morgan) Tsvangirai was forming his party ... There are some people who just make things,” Mujuru said.

While Mujuru is more restrained on her husband’s death, her brother-in-law, Joel, told the Daily News last year that there was a team that was leading investigations into the death of one of Zimbabwe’s most revered sons.

“There are 12 people leading the investigations and even if I die today they will carry on. We are going to find who killed Solomon. It is not a problem.

“There are a lot of things that should be done during an inquest that were not done with Solomon. Solomon was fast-tracked to the Heroes Acre even when his relatives didn’t know what had happened, why?

“And people say we should not ask questions or seek answers. Who told them to remove his charred remains, anga ari ani kuna Solomon; I am the only one left nevana and my sister.

“And yet when went to the farm his corpse was being carried away. Who told them to take the body? Ndiani akati chitunha ichi ndiSolomon (who identified Solomon’s charred remains). How did they know that? Solomon was burnt beyond recognition, how did Solomon die?” the elder Mujuru queried.

The Mujuru family wanted Rex’s body to be exhumed and re-examined, arguing at the time that the State pathologist, Gonzales Alvero, had done a shoddy job and skipped key processes of the inquest — amid a widespread feeling that the coroner had acted unlawfully and that there had been “behind-the-scenes political interference” in the inquiry.

All this has led the family to make public demands for a second inquest, to examine, among other issues, the exact circumstances that caused the fire that killed Solomon, and whether he was still alive when the fire started.

Comments (24)

KKKKKK you see this woman just want to revenge the death of her husband who was drank when he caused the fire that killed him and his lover .What of 20 000 people who perished killed by zanu to her they are nothing and their killers need not to be found and arrested in future . ZPF was formed for revenge not for economical purposes no no no and who ever follows this cheap political gathering will be killed and eaten by it . .

Diibulaanyika - 4 March 2016

Wena Dibulaanyika unatha ithothotho kumbe iskokiyana. Ubokhuluma izinto ezilomsoco wena sihlama. Kanti vele usebenza sikhathi bani uhlala ubhala izinto zothuvi kuphela. O ! yasenza ke I internet. Lendwangu azisasuki khona.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 4 March 2016

I think for now it would be best for people first to focus on economic issues affecting the country. these revenge statements are counter-productive. be careful not to fall in the pit that morgan fell into when he starting preaching violence which was later matted on him. economy, economy, economy. what different approaches are you proposing for this country?

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 March 2016

I told you people. You killed the wrong person. Watching zvangu from the terraces

piaget - 4 March 2016

First point, track down Gonzales wherever he is abduct him and he interogate him the CIO or Mossad way, he will open up to the principal. Then get to the police who removed the body, they will reveal who instructed the removal of the body, and get to the one who instructed the removal, that will obviously link to the dictator MUGABE and then deal with the old wizard.

amina - 4 March 2016

Diibulaanyika .. did you say that killed hin and his lover . somthing amiss here.

fury - 4 March 2016

We will murder you Joice shut up

Colonel - 4 March 2016

formed party only to track solo's killers and protect her loot. pfutseki joice

josphat mugadza - 4 March 2016

Dr Mujuru should hunt down not only his husband's killers but all killers starting with those who massacred innocent people in Matebeleland and some parts of Midlands. She should revisit the Rahiwe Guzha issue, Patrick Ndabanyana ,Talent Mabika and colleagues ( who were petrol-bombed in Buhera by a CIO operative by the name Mwale or Kitsiyatota),the killing of over 200 MDC-T, the recent abduction of Itai Dzamara and many other hideous acts,

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 4 March 2016

Who will help other poor people in tracking down their beloved ones killers,. Hunt all killers but becareful, you might arrest yourself

X-MAN IV - 4 March 2016

Wena Chipoto uvele uyahlanya ngicabanga ukuthi usengutsheni . ngoba uyawumana into oyikhulumayo kanti uMUJURU ngunyoko yini blood sihlama senja . What do you think Mujuru will do for you which she failed to do 34 years in power . You are a mugodoyi the dog that follows everything one do you think we are gamatox like you and fools . YOU must have smoked your shiit before you started hallucinating here blood fool .

Diibulaanyika - 5 March 2016

Mai Mujuru I have nothing personally against you and wish you luck in your campaign. Question everyone asks is: why are you only now making a noise about your late husband's death? Why didn't you do so right at the time of his death if you suspected that foul play was involved something that all of us actually believe to be true? And why call your political organisation, The People's First Party when you failed to react to 2 stolen elections and actively campaigned so hard to keep Mugabe in power? If you were genuine in your claim that you support human rights why did you not say or do something about what you saw going on in ZANU PF knowing only too well that the whole election process had been rigged and that millions of suffering innocent people were denied their choice? Why is it that you only decide to do something after a row with Grace? Unfortunately your track record isn't good - you would never ever get my vote.

White Colonial Boy - 5 March 2016

Don't chase two birds mama just wait until when we are in power justice will take its course.People might feel threatened and may cause a lot of harm give it time .

ZPF - 5 March 2016

Gamatox are making too much noise these days please be easy you are going no way bcoz you are not many and your house wife leader has small brains and very dull .So you are just wasting time .

Chimedza matombo - 5 March 2016

She was asked about the death of her husband and she gave an answer just that, had they asked about other economic issues or any other issue she would hav given an answer

khuboni - 5 March 2016

Well the way she gave the answer shows she is dander head and very shallow minded and no sane person can waste time voting for such stupid . Many people were killed by zanu not Solomon alone open your eyes and you will see the idiot Joice trying to fool you .

Chimedza matombo - 5 March 2016

who is not dander head? look what the best minds have done to this country. its the most educated who caused all of us to drink sewage water and walk streets littered with sewage. danders are better because they are not difficult to remove when time comes. danders take advice from others. i will go for a dander come 2018.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 March 2016

“According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joice_Mujuru) Vice President Mujuru “As minister of telecommunications, she tried to stop Strive Masiyiwa from establishing his independent cellphone network Econet . As Minister of Telecommunications, she (Joyce Mujuru) tried to stop Strive Masiyiwa from establishing his independent cellphone network Econet.[5] Masiyiwa had been given an ultimatum by the cabinet to sell his imported equipment to his rivals. On 24 March 1997, Mujuru decided to issue Zimbabwe's second cellular telephone licence to the previously unknown Zairois consortium Telecel,[6] cutting out Masiyiwa. The Zairois consortium included her husband Solomon and President Robert Mugabe's nephew Leo. After many legal fights, Masiyiwa won his licence in December 1997.” Farai Rwodzi – the Mujuru sidekick who has orchestrated destruction of institutions like Kingdom Bank, Interfin. http://interfinbank.blogspot.com/2010/08/rwodzi-mujuru-and-interfin-bank-money_30.html http://interfinbank.blogspot.com/2010/08/rwodzi-mujuru-and-interfin-bank-money_31.html http://www.ocnus.net/artman2/publish/Dark_Side_4/Gold_and_the_General_s_Daughter_printer.shtml http://interfinbank.blogspot.com/2010/08/rwodzi-mujuru-and-interfin-bank-money.html Zisco Steelgate affair Zimbabwe's Vice President, Joice Mujuru, has been let off scot-free after she was named in a National Economic Conduct Inspectorate probe on the plunder of the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company

Shoko Ndirori - 8 March 2016

Hunt down all those who committed atrocities in after independence. This will make you a national leader. Just pursuing justice for your husband can only make you a concerned widow. Please broaden your agenda if you want to take leadership of Zimbabwe. Mark MY Words.

Zvichapera - 10 March 2016

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