Despite the anxiety that has gripped the nation over the cause of Retired General Solomon Mujuru’s death, Zanu PF is not in a hurry to get the results of the police probe because the party wants to follow the process no matter how slow.
Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration, yesterday said the party would wait for the police to present their findings.
“As you have always known, we want to follow the processes,” Mutasa told NewsDay. “We do not want to be like frogs that jump around. We want to be like a millipede which moves slowly leaving traceable marks.
“What we want are facts of the matter and we will get them when those with the facts are ready,” he said.
Mujuru was burnt to death at his Beatrice farm in mid-August under unclear circumstances. He was a Zanu PF politburo member, former commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and previously commander of the Zanu PF armed wing, Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (Zanla), during the liberation struggle.
The late general is believed to be the only man who dared stand up to President Robert Mugabe in matters of party governance while the rest of the Politburo preferred to keep tails between their legs.
Last month, the police said they had completed investigations into the mysterious death, but have not made public their findings.
The police have said they would not be pressured by anybody into prematurely releasing results of their investigations.
But ordinary Zimbabweans are agitating for the release of the probe results, saying the continued delay was causing all sorts of speculations over how the former army commander died.
Mujuru’s widow, Vice-President Joice Mujuru, has demanded a thorough probe, saying she was not satisfied with the manner in which her husband died.
The mystery surrounding delays in releasing police findings of investigations into Mujuru’s death took a new twist on Sunday with Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi saying the police had not briefed him on their findings despite the fact the investigations were done and finished.
Mohadi, whose ministry heads the Zimbabwe Republic Police, said he and his colleague Theresa Makone were yet to have sight of the outcome of the investigations.
“We have not received the report from the people who are investigating. We are waiting, just like you and everyone else. We also want to find out what happened,” he said.
“Me and Makone know nothing.”
The Mujuru family, including Vice-President Mujuru, has also been kept in the dark on developments, but police insiders disclosed they now preferred an inquest amid reports the preliminary results pointed towards foul play.
Parliamentarians have suggested foreign investigators be contracted to do the job because they had no confidence in the local police.