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They are two diminutive men, short in stature but long on anti-Western rhetoric.
Yesterday two of America's staunchest opponents embraced as Robert Mugabe welcomed Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Zimbabwe.
In a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance at Harare's airport, the two leaders met, united by their politics.
Originally posted by jazz10
reply to post by Retrovertigo
You were saying?
Maybe people should see beyond what you are forced to see and maybe look from a different perspective?
Now can you see what i was pointing out?
A retired Zimbabwean army general and key figure in internal battles over President Robert Mugabe's succession in his ZANU-PF party died in a fire at his farmhouse, official sources said on Tuesday.
General Solomon Mujuru, 67, popularly known by his guerrilla name Rex Nhongo was married to Vice-President Joice Mujuru, and was deputy head of Mugabe's liberation army ZANLA in the 1970s.
Official sources said Mujuru died on Monday night at one of his commercial farms in Beatrice, 60 km (38 miles) south of the capital Harare when his house caught fire, and the roof collapsed before he could escape.
"We are still trying to get the details but apparently he died in the fire accident," one source told Reuters, adding that the general's vice president wife was not at home.
There was no suggestion either by authorities, or Mujuru's family that the fire was anything but an accident.
Mujuru became Zimbabwe's first black military commander after independence in 1980, after serving for a few months under Rhodesia's last white general Peter Walls, retiring 1992 to take up a post in ZANU-PF's top organ, the politburo.
Allies of retired General Solomon Mujuru wants a prominent South African private forensic pathologist, Dr Reggie Perumal to get to the bottom of what happened to the former army commander as information filtering suggests he may have died before a fire broke out at his Beatrice farmhouse on August 16 last year.
Mujuru's family lawyer, Thakor Kewada last week requested that Perumal be allowed to quiz local pathologists and forensic experts at the ongoing inquest into the general's death which enters day 10 tomorrow.
Regional magistrate Walter Chikwanha who is presiding over the case will make a ruling tomorrow on the application.
The late general's allies who spoke to The Standard on condition of anonymity yesterday said there was no evidence to prove that Mujuru died from inhaling carbon monoxide as stated in a pathologist report presented to the ongoing inquest into the general's death.
"When one succumbs to asphyxiation due to smoke, the lungs are supposed to be grey, but his (Mujuru's lungs) were pink, which may mean that he did not die from carbon monoxide," said a medical doctor who is a friend to the family.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
This thread is old, from 2010. Why is it being dragged up again?
Zimbabwe entered a state of violent political crisis in the aftermath of the presidential elections held in two rounds on March 29 and June 27, 2008. President Robert Mugabe led a campaign of terror against the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its supporters in the lead up to the electoral process. State-sponsored violence resulted in massive human rights violations, including rape, torture, and forced disappearance. Despite winning the June election, President Mugabe continued to implement brutal attacks against the political opposition. Responses by the United Nations and the African Union failed to undertake effective measures to address the crisis. Civil society groups, such as Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group, swiftly responded and condemned the repression and human rights abuses of the government. Despite the establishment of a unity government through the signing of the Global Political Agreement, the situation remained dangerous as political reforms were not implemented and Mugabe’s party, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) continued to engage in political violence.