Zanu PF killed Rex — Mujuru

HARARE - As mystery continues to surround the death of liberation war icon General Solomon Mujuru in an inferno at his Beatrice farm in 2011, his widow and former vice president, Joice Mujuru, (pictured) has once again suggested that he may have been killed by the couple’s Zanu PF enemies to pave way for her ouster from the ruling party and government.

And in a further stunning claim, Mujuru — who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — also says President Robert Mugabe no longer trusts the country’s feared spy agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), which falls directly under the embattled and increasingly frail nonagenarian. Speaking to Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda during her visit to the UK last week, Mujuru said Mugabe was more and more relying on the military for intelligence briefings, rather than the CIO, as Zanu PF’s deadly tribal, factional and succession wars continued to escalate.

“... how did my husband lose his life, because that is still a big question ... would this be the reason (her ruthless purging from Zanu PF) my husband died in this mysterious way? They wanted to attack me when I had nobody closer to me to see what was going to happen to me.

“I said to myself who is dependent on me, my family, immediate family, children, grandchildren, my mother. I still have a living mother, and I said rather than continue fighting these people let me keep quiet. But I will tell Mugabe I will leave him, which I did on the 1st of December 2014.

“When he wrote around December 14, 15 that ‘I have removed you from Zanu PF,’ it was an aftermath. I had already bid him farewell,” Mujuru said of her hounding out of the ruling party and the many untested claims that were flung her way, including grave allegations of plotting to assassinate the nonagenarian.

Her late husband Rex, Zimbabwe’s first black army commander, who was seen as a kingmaker within the warring Zanu PF — and who is credited with playing a major role in catapulting Mugabe to the leadership of the ruling party in the mid 1970s — died in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farmhouse, just outside Harare, in August 2011.

An inquest into his death proved inconclusive, with his family and political associates rejecting outright the official narrative that he had died from a fire that had been started by a candle.

Since Mujuru was sacked from Zanu PF, together with other disaffected senior party officials who included former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, Mugabe and his lieutenants have savaged her relentlessly and also sought to tar the legacy of her revered late husband.

In August this year, on the exact fifth anniversary of Rex’s death, lapdog State media launched a shocking propaganda blitzkrieg on him — which only served to re-ignite questions surrounding his contested death.

They claimed that he had held several meetings with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai where they had allegedly agreed on a plot to take over power.

“It is understood that the project had the backing of western countries who felt that MDC-T needed someone with liberation war credentials to enhance its power bid against ... Mugabe.

“Even at the funeral of General (Mujuru), we had a very awkward situation where MDC-T people were part and parcel of the mourners which is quite unusual.

“That stemmed from the interaction that was taking place behind the scenes involving the general or some of his aides and Mr Tsvangirai but also underpinned with western interests,” the unashamedly pro-Zanu PF media said.

But in her interview last week with Gonda, Mujuru revealed that Mugabe and powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe had held meetings with her in which she sought clarity on her public humiliation by the first family.

Crucially, the ZPF leader said Mugabe, in one of those meetings, had revealed that he got the information about her alleged assassination plots from the military instead of the CIO who are tasked with providing State security.

“I met Mugabe on October 24, 2014 and asked him who had told him or who had given him the information that I was looking for a sniper to kill him when I did not even have a pistol in my house.

“And he even said ‘you know what, this thing has been said by the military intelligence’, and I asked him, why military intelligence and not central intelligence, and he said ‘I no longer trust central intelligence’.

“Military intelligence according to my understanding should have been people who should work hand in hand with central intelligence ... why would you discard your other arm and keep your other arm?

“And I said to them anyway these people are relegating you to throwing away your political history, which you have worked for so hard,” she added.

Zanu PF insiders have claimed that CIO boss Happyton Bonyongwe, a former senior military officer, was seconded to head the spy agency by Mujuru’s late husband, and that he has been placed under immense pressure by Zanu PF hawks who engineered the former vice president’s purging from the party.

Several former Zanu PF officials, including former Mashonaland West provincial chairman, Temba Mliswa, have also claimed that Mujuru’s sacking and the untested allegations of plotting to assassinate Mugabe that she faced, had all been engineered by the military.

The military falls under the Commander of the Defence Forces, Constantino Chiwenga, who is said to be sympathetic to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose mooted presidential ambitions are being fought vigorously by a Zanu PF faction known by the moniker Generation 40 (G40).

However, Chiwenga has publicly rejected the claims that he is supporting Mnangagwa’s presidential bid.

Mujuru was sacked from Zanu PF in the run-up to the ruling party’s damp squib December 2014 “elective” congress on allegations that she was planning to assassinate Mugabe, bringing to an end a 42-year association she had had with the former liberation movement that she joined as a teen to help fight in the Rhodesian war.

The 61-year-old ZPF leader’s political stock has since grown after she launched her own party early this year.

Mujuru and other opposition parties are in talks to form an electoral pact which analysts see as their best prospect of ending Mugabe and Zanu PF’s long rule in the much-anticipated 2018 national election

Comments (27)

chinoziva ivhu kuti mwana wembeva anorwara.zviripachena izvi.

Tagaratazviona - 10 October 2016

If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should ask God, who will give life to those who commit this kind of sin. There is a sin that leads to death; I am not saying he should ask regarding that sin. 1 John 5:16

ADF - 10 October 2016

Propaganda is great to cover up murder. I am a witness being one of the last people to talk to him the day he died. These are the facts not joutrnalistic cover ups. 1.There were three women who controlled and terrorized the area Chitaka, Majuru and the lady member in charge they were a team. 2. He told me he had a row with Joicec over her conduct and although they were separated her surname reflected on him, he told as she wouldn't listen he would bring the issue to the president the following day. 3. Our discussion was at Libbys bar in Newlands. 4. who had a motive a) the poor widow who had been apart from her husband for years and was now in trouble? b) locals who would be terrified to set foot on the farm and unnoticed by police? just look at the propaganda thereafter, the so called sweet widow who's best friend in the area was the police lady member in charge and wouldn't tell her anything? reality was that they had separated years before and there was anger between them. May Solomans spirit attack those who protect suspects by trying to make them innocent. I volunteer to give evidence in any court, but your reporters will not allow my comments because they are not anti government propaganda.

John - 11 October 2016

People forget easily.Joice Mujuru knows that her expulsion from the party and presidium was initiated by G40, fronted by J.moyo.Moyo was information minister hence incharge of the Herald.Previously Mujuru had succeeded in getting Moyo gagged for 5yrs by the party for denigrating her using the herald.So when the general passed on Moyo took his grudge by creating enernmity between 1st lady and vp mujuru.Moyo worked overnight creating stories against Mujuru ,accusing her of hating 1st lady.These 2 women went for each others throat,moreso the 1st lady,who felt mujuru was belittling her.It was so sad to see our women leaders kill each other instead of fighting for us women in Zim.All Moyo s creative stories,fiction.So for Mujuru to now pick on Mugabe,Army ,Cio is just that ,cowardice to face moyo .As to who killed her husband ,noone has facts but she was vp when the general died.she had all the powers to investigate.At tymes she wuld be acting president, and never did she raised a fingure on this,bt only now.Why Teurai?

viola gwena - 11 October 2016

JOHN UMMM I HOPE THESE ARENT MACHINATIONS BECAUSE THE ISSUE THAT IS AT HAND IS A VERY SENSITIVE ONE AND INVOLVES EXTREMELY POWERFUL PEOPLE. I HOPE HAUZI KUDA KUFADZA CHAWONGA. BUT IF IT IS TRUTH THEN YOU HOLD KEY INFORMATION OR ARE A KEY WITNESS. MY QUESTION IS DIRECTED TO MS MUJURU. THE MORNING AFTER YOUR HUSBANDS DEATH YOU CAME OUT ON NATIONAL TELEVISION SAYING PEOPLE DONT JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS LET THE POLICE DO THEIR WORK. TODAY YOU ARE NOW SAYING PEOPLE IN ZANU PF OK THIS ARTICLE THOUGH INDIRECTLY IS POINTING OUT TO CHIWENGA TO SAY HE ODERED THE HIT. BECAUSE PEOPLE WANTED TO ISOLATE YOU. IS THIS NOT THE SAME POLITICAL MOVE YOU TOOK WHEN THE TSHOLOTSHO DECLARATION TOOK PLACE ARGUING THAT THE MNANGAGWA FACTION WANTED TO SUBVERT A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GVMNT.NYAYA IRIPO APA NDEYEKUTI JOICE AIDA KUITAWO COMMANDER IN CHIEF JUST LIKE ANY OTHER OVER AMBITIOUS POLITICIAN. WHEN IT FAILED YOU CAME TUMBLING DOWN .ZVEKUTI MUGABE DOESENT TRUST CIO INGA MURIKUZVIPINDURA MEGA. YOU HAD MANAGED TO INFLUENCE DECISIONS AT CIO HENCE YOU KNEW ANY INTELLIGANCE COMING FROM THEM WAS FAVOURABLE TO YOU NDOSAKA MUGABE AKATI I DONT TRUST CIO AS YOU CLAIM HE SAID. YOU ARE JUST BITTER KUTI WAKATAMBWA TEN NOT USINGAFUNGIRE. YOUR HUSBAND DIED BY THE GUN COZ HE LIVED BY THE GUN CHETE CHETE. AFTER ALL THOSE PEOPLE HE MASSACRED YOU EXPECTED HIM TO HAVE A DECENT DEATH SHAME ON YOU

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 11 October 2016

EXACTLY VIOLA HANZI I FEARED AND RESPECTED MUGABE NDOSAKA NDISINA KUTAURA THAT IS UTTER BULLSHIT.YOU WERE VP AND SOME TYMS ACTING PRESIDENT THE CIO FELL UNDER YOU SAKA HAWAIMBOTADZA KUTSVAGA VANHU VAKAURAYA EX HUSBAND WAKO. YOU ARE BITTER AT THE MILITARY BCZ THEY DIDNT BACK YOUR BID FOR POWER COZ THEY KNEW KUTI EX HUSBAND YAKO NDOYAITONGA NERWESERI YOU ARE A BITTER POWER HUNGRY WOMAN WHOSE IS QUICK TO LIE IN BED WITH ANY PARTY THAT OFFERS YOU A CHANCE AT LEADING. MANJE HAKUNA IZVOZVO

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 11 October 2016

Seems she is missing zanu and still blaming her ouster . We all know if she was not forcibly kicked out she would be still there with them and that tells us that her hart is still with zanu not any other party including the one which she was forced to lead by Mutasa and Gumbo .Solomon killed like many more other citizens killed by gukurahundi which he led in the killing spree of 20 000 unarmed people including the icon and legend Lookout Masuku for no reason .

Diibulaanyika - 11 October 2016

Rex's killer card will not raise joice's ratings or get her sympathy vote. They played dirty matrix games and lost.

X-MAN IV - 11 October 2016

Why always mentioning Rex as if he is the only victim of Mugabe .Rex died with a lot innocent blood of citizens of this country so sis your huby was a killer who was killed by his comrades in crime and to some of us it was good revenge and we never miss him .

SIBONGILE - 11 October 2016

The issues that Soloman wished to bring to the president concerned her plans to assassinate the president. I left this from my previous post, laterally of course she paslaned that a Col Williams ex SAS would train mercenaries in SA at a camp who would cross the border and assassinate the president hence the very necessary army presence at the SA border that the opposition complained about wanting them back in barracks during the election.

John - 11 October 2016

@viola, you are absolutely spot on in your analysis. Joice has blood on her hands and she knows it. I mean why try making a big noise about her husbands death now, years after it happened? I have absolutely no respect for her whatsoever.

Mbewa - 11 October 2016

@ john How many times did we hear that rubbish that someone wanted to kill the president what so special about so called moving grave who in his right senses can want to kill a moving grave that is absolutely nonsense ,What president who forces himself into people Nonsense demety!!!!!!!!!!!. ,

Diibulaanyika - 11 October 2016

Im Joyie the truth is you killed our together with ZANU PF & ROBERT GO TO HELL WITH YOUR FOOLISH PARTY YOU WERE EXPELLED FROM ZANU PF NOW YOU SAYING "NDAKABUDA NDEGA" NHEMA DZAMAKAJAIRA.

Zvorwadza nhasi here???? - 11 October 2016

YOU KILLED YOUR HUSBAND TOGETHER WITH ZANU PF AND ROBERT YOU LIAR. GO STRAIGHT TO HELL. IF YOU WERE NOT EXPELLED HANTI UNGADAI UCHITI PAMBERI NEZANU PF HERE NHASI YOU ARE A BLOOD LIARRRRR.

Zvorwadza nhasi here???? - 11 October 2016

The "black widow" speaks according to "credible witness" John! If anyone was to say the comments Joice made during her UK the Zimbabwean state would charge her with treason and other charges but she does it (as her other ZPF accomplices Mutasa etc.) with impunity! Mutasa, Gumbo, Bhasikiti, Mavhaire, Kaukonde, Nguni, Sibanda and others who crossed the floor from zanu pf (!?) would surely know something to help their party leader solve the mystery of her husband's death. They held high powered positions in their 34 years and beyond with zanu pf. In 2011 these were darlings of the zanu pf party. Runaida should just retire to Farm Alamein to play with her grandkids and tend her chickens. As she brings closure with Guy Watson Smith one wonders is she transferring the money from Zimbabwe or from an offshore account. Must be profitable this chickens business for her to commit to pay nearly $2 million. Is she also going to compensate Tawanda Nyambirai for the other farms the Mujuru cartel grabbed? And compensate Econet / Strive Masiyiwa over her delberate delay and frustrating the issuance of their telecoms liecence? ZIMASCO, kungoda, DRC. And in 2014 at her husband's commemoration service she castigated the media - 'those exposing corruption in state enterprises and parastatals were detractors bent on destroying the government". And she can shed some light on the missing $15 billion with her statement that India's diamond polishing hub, Surat, was built with diamonds from Chiadzwa! And how in 2004 the Mujurus took over River Ranch diamond mine at gunpoint. Runaida is making sure the Mujuru empire worth billions of dollars after their over 30 years of looting is safe post Mugabe.

Daniel5 - 11 October 2016

It is a known fact that zanu killed Rex among others. When you raise your head, you are targeted that is zanu for you.

pride - 11 October 2016

@ pride it is irritating when because people read propaganda it becomes a known fact. There is a need for truth and fact not cover up by the gullible fools. I liked Soloman, normally a reserved person, on the last occasion I spoke with him before he was murdered he was veryb upset and angry not with Zanu, with his estranged uncontrollable wife. @ diibulaanyika or whatever. rubbish comes from those with unsubstanciated imagination, mine is based on real fact even the MP lawyer in Byulawayo wrote in his book he resigned because of the terrorists trained in South Africa. There are unfortunately idiots that even if the leader of the party made a confession under oath would still call it all rubbish.

John - 12 October 2016

Solomon mujuru was killed by mugabe's security agents .believe it or not it's a game of witch hunt in ZANU of.when the wants to eat it's baby first accuses it of smelling like a goat.Mugabe is a killer

majangara majangara - 12 October 2016

when a hyena wants to eats baby first accuses it smelling like a goat Know the attitude of a hyena that is Mugabe's attitude

majangara majangara - 12 October 2016

@ john you are a fool bcoz you still believe in the nonsense that some one wanted to kill your president Mugabe Ndabaningi Sithole was accused of wanting to kill Mugabe , Nkomo the same Morgan same story then if that is not nonsense what is it , That heee someone wrote a book saying wara wara its heap of rubbish baba .Rex murdered thousands 20 000 of people together with Mugabe bcoz of 113 armed men who wanted to liberate us from Mugabe the earliest .No sane person would try to make that guy Solomon a good man non at all he was a sigebengu period .and we never miss he hopefully he is together with diaboros in hell right now .nxa mani.

Diibulaanyika - 12 October 2016

THE man was drunk and fell asleep with a lit candle. which led to a fire . simple case closed.

trevor - 12 October 2016

No it is not a simple case, as mentioned before, two assassins from SA were hired using a Russian made 9 mm pistol. One round fired in the head and a white phosphorus grenade attached to the body and ignited to reduce body size. As reported by his ex wife, blue flames were observed on the body when she arrived at the house, consistent with phosphorus !

Ingwe - 14 October 2016

The theory being put across by John would rather take us for very stupid people.That hogwash was manufactured to paint Joice bad and we all know the person who started saying that nonsense was Oppah Muchinguri.Yes the same very person who was last seen with Tongogara.Shut up and sit down tsek

John tinyarewo pliz - 14 October 2016

There are so many gullible people amazing. My account is not journalistic theory it is fact as it happened. I would give evidence in court to what was said thay afternoon before Soloman was murdered.

John - 17 October 2016

eyi madoda kunzima,why is the lady only spilling the beans now?her recent allegations leave a lot to be desired...who knows maybe slowly but surely the lid will be removed to expose the mysteries around the 1979 grand plan and its evil authors

madodonke - 17 October 2016

Mujuru's house was made of concrete the roof was made of asbestos, the only thing that was burnt, was Mujuru's body. Beyond doubt, he was well and truly murdered. The big question is by who!! was it on the orders of Mugube? by his wife? and waht was the reason for killing him! these are the outstanding questions!

Ingwe - 17 October 2016

DIBILANYIKA IS MISINFORMED REX NEVER COMMANDD FIVE BRIGADE AT ANY TIME AND FOR YOUR OWN INFORMATION REX WAS EX ZIPRA YOU ARE LOST MY FRIENDGIBHIXHEGU@GMAIL.COM

JEQE KHUMALO - 8 December 2016

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