Zimbabwe police end probe into former army chief’s death

2011-10-21 09:12

Harare – Zimbabwean police have wrapped up a probe into the death of former army chief Solomon Mujuru in a fire at his home, but are waiting for the findings of a court inquest.

“Just like (for) any Zimbabwean, this is the normal procedure (inquest) that has to be conducted and as of now I cannot say anything on the case,” police commissioner Augustine Chihuri told The Herald newspaper.

According to the paper, police “quizzed” more than 23 people, including three police officers who were guarding Mujuru’s farmhouse in Beatrice, south of Harare, when it caught fire in August.

Legislators, including Mujuru’s widow, Joice, who is Zimbabwe’s vice-president, have demanded an investigation into his death.

Mujuru was the commander of Zimbabwe’s liberation war fighters and the country’s first post-independence army chief.

He was largely seen as kingmaker in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

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