Mujuru inquest findings out

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The findings of the inquest into the unexplained death of Zimbabwes most decorated army commander, Retired General Solomon Mujuru, are out.

Although no details were available, NewsDay has it on good authority that Harare regional magistrate Walter Chikwanha submitted the report to Attorney-General (AG) Johannes Tomana yesterday.

Tomana confirmed receipt of the report, adding his office was now studying the magistrates determination.

I can confirm I received the findings this morning and I need time to go through the results before making any announcement on the matter, he said.

The release of the results came as a relief to the Mujuru family which reportedly wrote to Tomana last week, demanding to know when the magistrates determination on the inquest would be available.

At one point the Mujuru family lawyer, Thakor Kewada, applied for the exhumation of the late Generals remains arguing the post-mortem done on his charred body was flawed.

But the application was dismissed by Chikwanha saying an application for exhumation would be made at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Registrar-Generals Office.

The inquest saw a record 41 witnesses, including South African experts, taking to the witness stand in a three-week session, all seeking to clarify issues on the mysterious death of the General.

Mujuru died in August last year at his Alamein Farm in Beatrice and his charred remains were found in his farmhouse which was razed down in an inferno whose cause has remained a mystery.

Mujuru was a vital cog in Zanu PFs divisive political power games in which he was regarded as the kingmaker.