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Zimbabwean VP's husband killed in fire

(Xinhua)

08:48, August 17, 2011

HARARE, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru's husband and Retired General Solomon Mujuru was killed in a fire accident on Monday night, local media reported on Tuesday.

State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi told local TV Station ZBC News on Tuesday that Mujuru died Monday night in a fire accident at his farm house in Beatrice.

Police forensics are investigating the cause of the fire which engulfed the entire house.

Police say his body, which was burnt beyond recognition, has been taken to one commando barracks for more pathological tests.

A maid alerted the police. However, by the time they arrived the fire had engulfed the entire house.

Solomon Mujuru, whose liberation war name was Rex Nhongo, was born on May 1, 1949. He became a field commander of the Zimbabwe African People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) in the 1960s before joinining the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (ZANLA) in 1971. He became acting Commander-in-Chief of ZANLA in 1975. In 1976, Mujuru was Joint leader of Zimbabwe People' Army (ZIPA), a united force of ZIPRA and ZANLA.

He became the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in 1977 and Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981 before he was promoted to full General in 1992.

Mujuru also served as Member of Parliament for Chikomba District from 1994 to 2000.

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