Zimbabwe

Poison identified in apparent suicide of Mujuru ally

2015-06-10 17:55
Joice Mujuru (File, AP)

Joice Mujuru (File, AP)

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Harare - A highly toxic insecticide and powerful sedative pills were found in the car belonging to former top Zimbabwe ruling party official Amos Midzi, who was found dead on his farm near Harare on Tuesday.

Police found Midzi dead in the car and had to break a window to get inside the locked vehicle.

A post mortem is due to be conducted on Wednesday, according to the official Chronicle and Herald newspapers.

A container of Methamidophos, a highly toxic insecticide, and Dormicum pills were found inside the car, according to a police statement. Dormicum is a powerful sedative that can be purchased online. A cup of as yet unidentified "bluish liquid" was also found, the statement said.

The car had been reported missing. Its keys were found under a mat in the car. Midzi's farm manager said he had last seen Midzi at 23:00 on Monday, the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is reporting.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the 62-year-old former ambassador to the US had financial problems and may have been hurt by his suspension from Zanu-PF last month. He was seen as being loyal to former vice-president Joice Mujuru. She was sacked in December for allegedly plotting to unseat President Robert Mugabe, now 91.

A popular Facebook page closely linked to Mujuru - though understood not to be run by her personally - posted this message late on Tuesday: "RIP Amos Midzi. Gone too soon. Go well cadre. God knows what and why."

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