Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zimbabwe ex-army chief Solomon Mujuru dies in farm fire

BBC News "Zimbabwe's ex-military chief Solomon Mujuru has died in a fire at his farm, the state security minister has said.

Mr Mujuru, 62, was one of Zimbabwe's most senior politicians and married to Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Analysts say his death is likely to intensify turmoil in President Robert Mugabe's party over the question of who will succeed the 87-year-old leader.

Under his nom de guerre, Rex Nhongo, he was the director of Mr Mugabe's forces during the 1970s' war of independence."