Grieving family dumps corpse at Mudzuri rural home

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By Nicholas Gochai

THE body of Ronald Mukumbira was in the wee hours of June 16 dumped by his angry relatives at the rural home of one of his alleged killers, MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri, in the Four Miles area of Zaka.

The 23-year-old Mukumbira died on June 10 from wounds sustained from assault at Duriro Pub & Grill pub in the capital.

The joint, which is owned by Mudzuri, is in Harare’s Wokington industrial area.

Following his treatment and discharge from Sally Mugabe Hospital, Mukumbira is said to have confided in his mother, Netsai Mukumbira, that he had been beaten up by the former Harare mayor, his brother Leonard Mudzuri and other unnamed persons.

The assault followed allegations of missing pool table balls, which the now deceased, Mukumbira, was accused of pilfering.

The two, Mudzuri and Mukumbira, hail from Zaka.

“We took the body to the Mudzuri (rural) homestead this morning. There were people at the homestead. They watched through the curtains. We left the body by the verandah, and we wait to see what they do with it,” said the deceased’s mother.

Meanwhile, the Mukumbira family is bitter that police are yet to question the MDC-T vice president.

According to the victim’s mother, the pathologist is said to have written: “Police to investigate.”

The family now fears that police are unable to arrest Mudzuri because of his party’s links to the ruling Zanu PF, which many associate with impunity.

Reached for comment Mudzuri picked up his phone to a call but quickly hung up.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Mukumbira’s death was still under probe.

“We have intensified investigations with a view to ascertain what transpired on the day in question. In fact, the CID Homicide is pursuing the investigations and he (Mudzuri) will be summoned soon,” he said.

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