Zimbabwe’s most decorated post independence army general, Retired General Solomon Mujuru has died.
He was 62.
Mujuru, who is Vice President Joice Mujuru’s husband, died last night at his Beatrice farm, Harare South, where he is said to have been burnt to death.
Circumstances surrounding the burning of the house in which he was are yet to be disclosed.
After leaving his post in the Zimbabwe National Army, Mujuru got into politics becoming Member of Parliament for Chikomba on a Zanu PF ticket between 1994-2000.
Mujuru joined the Zimbabwe African People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) in the 1960s, before moving to the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (Zanla) in 1971. He became acting commander-in-chief of Zanla in 1975 and Joint leader of Zimbabwe People’s Army (Zipa) – a united force of Zipra and Zanla in 1976.
In 1977, he became Deputy Secretary of Defence for Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) and eventually became Zimbabwe National Army commander in 1981.
He was promoted to full General 1992.
He was regarded as one of the most feared men in Zimbabwean politics.
Mujuru, who was powerful and influential in Zimbabwean politics, also had a vast business empire across all key sectors of the economy.
The general owned a significant stake in River Ranch Diamond Mine in Beitbridge among other business interests.