Gamatox, Weevils clash at Midzi funeral

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First lady Grace Mugabe holds the hands of Zanu PF youth league chairperson Godwin Gomwe (left) and Harare provincial party chairman Amos Midzi in gesture to defuse tension between the two at her Thank You rally held in the capital on October 8.

THE mysterious death of former Cabinet minister and suspended Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi, who was 62, at his Munandi Farm in Beatrice on Tuesday raised tempers yesterday as rival Zanu PF factions clashed over control of the proceedings at his funeral wake.

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Ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru visited the Midzi residence in Mt Pleasant, Harare, to pay her last respects to his family yesterday afternoon.
This came amid speculative reports that opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai was last night also expected to visit the Midzi family home in Mt Pleasant to pay his condolences.

A tense atmosphere gripped the gathering after fired and suspended Zanu PF officials — now known as People First — started dictating terms and playing a leading role in the proceedings.

Mbare MP Tendai Savanhu led the group linked to People First reportedly fronted by Mujuru, in controlling the funeral proceedings with Midzi’s family.

Zanu PF Harare political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe accused the People First grouping of trying to hijack Midzi’s funeral and “wrongfully claiming him as if he was theirs”.

“Midzi was not People First, he was Zanu PF and I know that because I worked with him. He was not recalled from Parliament and there was no intention to do so, meaning the party leadership knew what he stood for,” Mashayamombe said.

“They should not claim him. He was Zanu PF and we are going to bury him as Zanu PF.”

Some of the perceived People First officials at the funeral included former Higher Education minister Olivia Muchena.

Others linked to the Mujuru camp present besides Savanhu were suspended youth administration secretary Varaidzo Mupunga, suspended Mashonaland East youth chairman Lucky Kandemiri, Midzi’s former deputy Christopher Chigumba and former central committee member Noah Mangondo.

Only Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and suspended Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa were seen at Midzi’s Harare home to pay their condolences on Tuesday night.

But Midzi’s family yesterday said their relative, who died of suspected poisoning, would be buried at Glen Forest Cemetery outside Harare.

“As a family, we don’t know how that process (hero status) is done, but we have planned the burial. He will be buried at Glen Forest Cemetery on Saturday. As a family, we have the capacity to give him a decent burial,” Midzi’s younger brother Stanley said.

“To us as a family, he is our hero and a hero too to those whom he worked with. If (Zanu PF) share the same opinion with us, it’s fine, but if they don’t, we have no problem with it.”

Meanwhile, results of a post-mortem performed by three independent doctors confirmed that Midzi died of pulmonary oedema due to poisoning.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said further samples had been submitted to the Government Analyst for additional tests.

Medical experts say pulmonary oedema is a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

Family members interviewed by NewsDay said although they were not ruling out foul play, the former ambassador to the United States lived a troubled life both politically and financially.

They said Midzi had a loan with a local financial institution which he had been battling to service with one of his properties on the verge of being attached by creditors.

“As you know for long, Cde Midzi was more than a political godfather of Harare, he was a revered person. He used to control most land deals and housing co-operatives in the process pocketing good money, but after being kicked out of the party, that became impossible,” a family member, who requested not to be named, said.

Midzi was found dead in his car on Tuesday morning and there has been a lot of speculation concerning circumstances surrounding his death.

“This man used to operate housing co-operatives in his constituency and had many land deals which gave him cash. But as you might be aware, when you are out of Zanu PF, you can easily be arrested for any silly mistake, hence after his suspension, he was living a terrified life,” the source said.

“More so, the recent arrest of Godwin Gomwe (Harare provincial youth chair charged with extortion) had affected Cde Midzi because they previously worked together before Gomwe betrayed them. So the fear was that he would spill the beans and cause his arrest as well.”

Another family member said the chronology of events on the fateful night showed that Midzi was a troubled man.

“He left Harare in the evening for the farm and went to see the farm manager around midnight. Why? He then left the farm before dawn and headed in a direction that has no road so that he could take his life. It’s very tough to comprehend it as a family,” the source said.

But opposition parties urged the police to do thorough investigations and refrain from making insinuations that the former Cabinet minister could have committed suicide.

“We are worried by the statements coming from the police which seem to conclude that it’s suicide. What if he was forced to drink the poison? We urge the police to properly investigate,” National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Madock Chivasa said.

MDC Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume also highlighted the need for police to be more “transparent, accountable and professional” when dealing with such matters.

“We are disheartened by the fact that the scene had more people milling around like a market place. Police must understand that they should do their job in a professional manner to avoid a lot of conspiracy theories,” Mafume said.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said: “We trust that God will comfort them (Midzi family) in this trying period. We may have our own political differences, but at the end of the day, we are all Zimbabweans; bound by a common destiny.”

Former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who was also kicked out of the party on allegations of conniving with Mujuru to oust Mugabe, said former party members would “wait for a police report and study it before commenting. However, sometimes it is not good to speculate on some of these things”.
Midzi is survived by his wife Alice and three children.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Uyo akapondwa zvakaitwa nyagumbo,chikore naGarwe mazimbabweans hasi marema kani musaite vanhu matsaga kani anaKasukuwere madhiri enyu anozikanwa,hanti kana Chakaredza Chaiye akataura asati afa kuti ndauraiwa nanaKasukuwere .zanu imhondi dzevanhu

      • It is a very sad development indeed for this country that a rough fat thug like Nhevha ‘Keith Guzah’ Kachasu Phiri will now enter parliament to represent Hurungwe.

  2. afa awora ngaaende Midzi i dnt sympathiza with people who make ruzhinji rweZimbabwe suffer…..handinei newe tosangana mberi isu tatevera

  3. this is a well researched report. apparently midzi and savanhu are the godfathers of extorting people at magaba, mupedzanhamo, matapi, siyaso, etc, etc, in the last 10 or so years vachisevenzesa the crimminal zanupf youths like that gomwe and kunaka. midzi killed himself not that he was killed by anyone. he was haunted and was now suffering from schezophrenia. this is what happens to criminals when impunity vanishes. dai vamwe vachifundawo neizvi, zvino havafundiba!

  4. someone here is saying we are in the party to make money like what midzi did and when we are out of the party we cant. so that is why these guys are fighting each other so much. some do so to have access to easy loans which they cannot and possible not service. so if all these guys owe so much including the president who owes 30 million, what of us people on the streets. that is why i say zanu has nothing to offer because all these guys are still to service their billion dollars debts before they deal with our problems. that is the reason they have fast tracked the rbz bill. its not them to service it, becoz they are servicing their own, but us the ignorant masses. what is this?

  5. true@the laws shall….. someone here is saying we have to be in party to make money like what midzi did and when we are out we cant. so that is why these guys fight each other much for positions. some do so to access easy loans which they cant or will not service. youth leader sikhosana once said that. so if all these guys owe so much even with farms they took full of produces to sell what about us . by the way this includes the president who owes 30 million. that is why i say zanu has nothing to offer becoz these guys have to service their billions of dollars debts before they deal with our problems. that is why they fast tracked the rbz bill so that we the ignorant masses servicre their debt there.

  6. From what i have perused, it shows that the majority are in the party to enrich themselves and not care about the people. When they are kicked out and becoz they were used to ‘easy’ ill gotten wealth, they become depressed and stressed to the point of taking their life. Its a lesson to all other people left.

  7. The dead are dead and know nothing but in life we remember what they did. They zanunised everything in Mbare making it their own, like Willard said (for the first time he has seen some sense) when you are out of zanupf the protective layer of your looting is removed and you get stressed and events as said showed he really wanted to go and forget about this earth. Problem zanupf has a propensity to kill so anything genuine may be taken differently.

  8. someone is telling us here that unless you are in zanu you cant get money. no wonder these guys fight for positions in and out. some of them get to the party to access easy loans which they cannot or will n ever service. the youth leader sikhosana once said something to that effect. so if these guys owe so much even when they grabbed farm full of produce ready to be harvested and sold without paying any thing what about us who have nothing. just remember that the president himself owe 30 million. this is why i am saying that zanu has nothing to offer. these guys have to service their billion dollars debt before the do something about our problems. this is the reason why they fast tracked the rbz bill so that we the ignorant, docile masses can pay that debt for them. Gono your sins will find you out unless you repent.

  9. someone is telling us here that unless you are in zanu you cant get money. no wonder these guys fight for positions in and out. some of them get to the party to access easy loans which they cannot or will n ever service. the youth leader sikhosana once said something to that effect. so if these guys owe so much even when they grabbed farm full of produce ready to be harvested and sold without paying any thing what about us who have nothing. just remember that the president himself owe 30 million. this is why i am saying that zanu has nothing to offer. these guys have to service their billion dollars debt before the do something about our problems. this is the reason why they fast tracked the rbz bill so that we the ignorant, docile masses can pay that debt for them. Gono your sins will find you out unless you repent. ok

  10. Anoita hupenyu hwebanga anofa nebanga. If this guy killed he was killed by his own, peopel he worked with. If he committed suicide it was for the reason that he could not face the future without the protection of the monster called ZANU (pf). So whichever way you take it….pachake. He was hoisted by his own petard. The comments by his brother say it all. Hanzi when the times were good he made good money from land deals……whats that?????

  11. At least you can join or quit mdc-t anytime of day or night without half a worry about your life. Thats true democracy

  12. Biti,Mangoma,Mutambara,Misihairambwe-Mushonga all came in and went out of our beloved TsvaNGY’S PARTY (MDC-T) and they still live with their families nicely untouched. true testimony of democracy……………………manje kuZANU KKKKKK ndezveikoko urayanai hatinei nemi isu takakwana ano shorta ndimi

  13. The money is easy to make, once you know how to make it. The problem is, people don’t know what products make money and how to promote those products. What if I told you I can help you make $1,000 within a month, and give you the life you deserve.

    This is where to start………. TIMES-REPORT.­Ⅽ­O­Ⅿ

  14. RIP kufa hakusekanwi kana Mhondi chaiyo inorumbidzwa on the last day , he will have he sentence in heaven

  15. chakaipira zanu chinhu one kuuraya havanonoki asi one day is one day mugabe uchafawo chete ita hako matricks ese aya but rako zuva richasvikawo chete and Zimbabwe ichava free

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