By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha
Harare, Zimbabwe – As the nation mourns the passing on of one of its most illustrious and gallant sons, we firmly call for a thorough, independent investigation into his death. His untimely death has indeed shocked and stirred the emotions of many Zimbabweans.
An inquiry should be undertaken without delay to shed light on the circumstances and those responsible, if any, for the death.
Given that Zimbabwe has a bloody history of political assassinations; one cannot blame some people from rushing to unfounded conclusions, and nothing less than a transparent inquiry will put the matter to rest.
There must be no stone left unturned and no sacred cows left untouched, and that probe must meet international standards. The investigation must be conducted with absolute impartiality and professionalism. While we acknowledge the emotional reactions to Mujuru’s death has aroused, the investigation must be conducted with proper planning, transparency and level-headedness.
Forensic specialists must be brought in to investigate the factors surrounding his death. To clear any suspicion of foul play, we propose that expertise from a “neutral country” could be brought to unravel all aspects that led to his death. For example, was he alone at the time that his house caught fire? Where were his security guards? What caused the fire?
Put bluntly, the probe must establish the circumstances, causes and consequences of the assassination. The appointed investigators must collect information and evidence and interview any persons that are deemed relevant to the inquiry.
All the information must be collected and made public in a timely manner in order to allay any fears that our beloved land is sliding into a new era of internecine feud within the highest echelons of power.
It’s in the interests of the Zimbabwean state that the truth comes out. Unmasking the circumstances behind Mujuru’s death is not only a national duty; it will help to calm people’s spirits and put a stop to the accusations being bandied about in the public sphere.