Mujuru, seen as successor to Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, dies

2011-08-16 09:55

Harare – Solomon Mujuru, Zimbabwe’s one of the two leading contenders to succeed aging President Robert Mugabe, has died, family sources said today, adding further turmoil to the country’s political situation.

Mujuru, the former commander of the national army, was seen as a one of the most powerful figures in the country.

His wife, Joice, is one of the country’s two vice-presidents.

There were unconfirmed reports today that he had been killed in a fire at his home on the eastern outskirts of Harare late yesterday or early today.

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