General Solomon  Mujuru (Rex Nhongo)

General Solomon Mujuru (Rex Nhongo)

Former military general

Date of Birth: 01/05/1949
Died: 15/08/2011

Career: Zimbabwe African People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA), 1960s; Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (ZANLA), 1971; acting commander-in-chief of ZANLA, 1975; Joint leader of Zimbabwe People’ Army (ZIPA) a united force of ZIPRA and ZANLA, 1976; Deputy Secretary of Defence for Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), 1977; Commander, Zimbabwe National Army, 1981; promoted to full General 1992; Member of Parliament for Chikomba, 1994-2000.

Solomon Mujuru rose to prominence under the nom de guerre Rex Nhongo during the 1970s war of independence when he was director of Robert Mugabe's guerrilla forces. After independence in 1980 he became army chief and a general.

A politician and a businessman, he was known as a 'kingmaker', and is said to have been instrumental in Mugabe's success. His wife, Joice Mujuru, is one of Zimbabwe's vice-presidents.

General Mujuru died in a fire at his farmhouse in Beatrice, about 80 kilometres south of Harare, on 15 August 2011.


AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein & The police fail to protect

BBC, 16 August 2011
Solomon Mujuru: Obituary of a Zimbabwean 'king-maker'
"He had all the mystique of a liberation war hero that has served him to present-day politics," Patrick Smith, editor of the London-based Africa Confidential magazine, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

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Party strife draws in white businesses

These businesses are either wholly-owned or associates of Innscor Africa, controlled by Zenon ('Zed') Koudounaris, a Greek businessman and friend of Joice Mujuru's late husband, Solomon Mujuru, and Mike Fowler...

Solomon Mujuru was known to demand 10% shares in major companies and 'regularly got packages' from Innscor, even though he never ended up on the share register, our source added...

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Doctors at large

Piggy-backingIn Matebeleland, where the late General Solomon Mujuru had led the brutal suppression of dissidents in the 1980s, Dr Mugabe obviously hoped attacks on his widow would be welcomed...

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Election fever and finance

Since the death of General Solomon Mujuru in August 2011, claimed to be the result of a mysterious fire in his house, Mnangagwa’s grip on the party has strengthened...

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Diamond votes

Apart from his role on the Mines Committee, Chininga was seen as a supporter of Joice and Solomon Mujuru and a supporter of efforts to reform ZANU-PF and work better with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)...

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Muscling out Mugabe

Probably the only person to rival Mugabe in his ability to read the resulting kaleidoscope was the late General Solomon Mujuru, whose death last year remains a mystery (AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein)...

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The rise of Tendai Biti

Biti is not overawed by the President and is one of the few who stand up to him since the death of General Solomon Mujuru in August...

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Inquest blue

The inquest into the death of General Solomon Mujuru has closed on 6 February after hearing 39 witnesses...

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Positions pending

The backlog awaiting Mugabe on his return includes key military and civil appointments, drafting a new constitution, General Solomon Mujuru’s inquest (AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein) and the succession...

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A race against time

Yet the mysterious death of her husband, General Solomon Mujuru, has weakened her links to securocrats (AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein and The police fail to protect)...

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Polls, leaks and expropriations

Other issues will include the apparent suppression by Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri of the enquiry into the mysterious incineration of a ZANU faction leader, General Solomon Mujuru, and the disciplining of senior figures ‘implicated’ by WikiLeaks’ release of United States State Department cables (AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein and The police fail to protect & AC Vol 52 No 19, US sources run for cover and General alarm)...

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