solomon mujuru 17-08-11.jpgThe inquest to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Retired General Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru kicked off at the Rotten Row Magistrates Court in Harare, with family members and State witnesses in attendance.

The inquest takes place six months after the horrific death of Retired General Mujuru and is being presided over by Mr. Walter Chikwanha.

Six of the 20 witnesses summoned to give evidence and to be cross-examined by the State prosecutors, family lawyer and relatives took to the stand and gave their testimonies as to what transpired between the night of August 15 and early hours of August 16 last year.

The fifth witness, Mr. Clemence Runhare, who is a security guard from a private firm, gave evidence to the effect that on the day the late General met his death, he came to his farm accompanied by a male passenger.

Following this testimony, a lot of questions arose from the lawyer and the prosecutors.

The other four witnesses, who were with the General, both gave corroborative evidence to the effect that the General was sober when he left Beatrice Hotel and they concurred that he left alone in his Isuzu twin cab.

After the day’s proceedings, ZBC News spoke to Vice President, Amai Joice Mujuru and she expressed confidence in the inquest proceedings saying she will be content after the outcome.

“It was a good start but in between the period of the inquest, I was called by His Excellence, the President since I am at work, so when I came back later some of the witnesses had already testified but  I can say it is going on very well,” she said.

The Mujuru family legal representative, Mr Thakor Kewada said the manner in which the late General died had left questions, adding that the inquest is a possible solution to the matter.

 

“I don’t think we should start prejudging the situation. I think both sides are trying to get to the truth of the matter. What happened? The family would like to know how he died so there are some kinds of suspicions,” Mr Kewada said.

 

All cases of people who die suddenly in unclear circumstances require an inquest if the deceased’s family so wishes.

The inquest into the death of the late General Mujuru will continue this Tuesday and Vice President Mujuru is also among the 22 people expected to take to the witness stand.

The State is being represented by Mrs Sharon Fero and Mr. Clemence Chimari, whilst Mr. Thakor Kewada of Scalen and Holderness is representing the Mujuru family.