A SENIOR official in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party has been convicted for claiming that Vice-President Joice Mujuru had a hand in the death of her husband, General Solomon Mujuru, who died in a fire at his farm in August last year.
Report by Staff Reporter
Godfrey Chimombe, the MDC-T Mashonaland Central provincial chairperson, was fined $300 after a Bindura magistrate ruled that he was guilty of making false claims while addressing an MDC-T rally in Mt Darwin at the beginning of the year.
Chimombe’s six-month jail sentence was also suspended on condition he would not commita similar offence within the same period of time.
Mujuru, whose liberation war name was Rex Nhongo, died under unclear circumstances when a fire gutted his house at his Beatrice farm.
An inquest was held after Mujuru’s family said they suspected foul play, but the inquest ruled out foul play. The family has, however, challenged the court’s findings, demanding that the late freedom fighter’s body be exhumed for a second autopsy.
Chimombe was arrested in Bindura amid an outcry from his party that this was a ploy by Zanu PF to distabilise the party ahead of elections which are expected next March.