Inquest Finds No Foul Play in Zimbabwe General’s Death

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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An inquest into the death of Zimbabwe's most decorated army general, Solomon Mujuru, has found there was no foul play, despite speculation to the contrary.

State media Thursday published comments from Attorney General Johannes Tomana, who said he agrees with the investigation's findings, and declared Mujuru's case a “closed and completed matter.”

Mujuru, who was the husband of Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru, died in a mysterious fire at his home last August. The judge who conducted the investigation found the general died of smoke inhalation.

When word of the findings first leaked out two weeks ago, a lawyer for the Mujurus told VOA that the family is not satisfied with the result.

“It has left doubts in people's minds. But people had those doubts when the inquest was being done. And I don't think this verdict has brought closure to it.”

The lawyer, Thakor Kewada, said he would demand Mujuru's body be exhumed for further testing.

Mujuru was a leader of rebels who fought against Zimbabwe's whites-only government in the 1970s, when the country was known as Rhodesia.

In recent years, he was seen as a power broker in President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, and was considered one of the few people who could speak frankly to the president, who has been in power for more than 30 years.