Ex-soldier appeals to Mujuru over son’s death in Chiadzwa

A ZIMBABWE National Army retired member, Misheck Kajai, has appealed to Vice-President Joice Mujuru, seeking her intervention in resolving the mystery surrounding the death of his son who was shot dead at Chiadzwa diamond fields by suspected law enforcement agents in 2008.
REPORT BY KUPAKWASHE MAKONYE OWN CORRESPONDENT

Kajai said his son, Flint Kajai, was shot at close range on October 23, 2008 after he had gone to the diamond-rich area in search of the precious mineral and his body was recovered two days after the shooting.

In a letter addressed to Mujuru, a copy of which is in NewsDay’s possession, Kajai, who is also a war veteran, pleaded with the government to properly deal with the issues concerning victims at Chiadzwa diamonds fields. He accused the police of ill-treating and killing his son.

“The information I have is that he and others were made to pay and be allowed by the police officers manning the area to mine the diamonds. The boys were captured and beaten. My son tried to escape from the beatings and was shot dead,” reads part of Kajai’s letter to the VP.

Kajai said when he went to Marange Police Station after collecting his son’s body, he was told by the cops that they had been instructed to shoot to kill.

“When I went to collect my son’s body, I passed by Marange Police Station and was cleared by the officer in charge. The police officers guarding the Chiadzwa diamond fields indicated that they had been instructed from above to shoot to kill as the mine belonged to VP Mujuru,” he said.

Kajai said he had approached senior government officials in a bid to seek justice over his son’s death, but to no avail.
The grieving father has since approached human rights group ZimRights for assistance.

The organisation’s legal practitioner Nancy Madzivire confirmed to NewsDay yesterday that they were dealing with Kajai’s case.

“We wrote to the Police General Headquarters in Harare in February this year after Mutare Police Station had failed to co-operate. We are pursuing this case which has dragged on for years,” she said.

Mujuru could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press last night.

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