The military parade was made up soldiers from the Zimbabwe National Army and the Airforce of Zimbabwe and was led by General Constantine Chiwenga, Lieutenant General Valerio Sibanda and Air Marshal Perence Shiri. Retired Lieutenant-General Mike Nyambuya also joined the senior military personnel in the parade in full army uniform.
Vice President Joice Mujuru, the widow of the late General Mujuru was accompanied by her four daughters, family and friends.
Senior government officials who attended the military parade include Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Home Affairs ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone, and Tourism minister Walter Mzembi.
Chiwenga narrated the history and role which was played by the late Mujuru saying that he played a crucial role in the liberation of the Zimbabwe. Mujuru won several military medals which include the Grand Commander of Zimbabwe Order of Merit.
He said; “General Solomon Mujuru was a peace loving man. We do not want violence in the country, we want peace.”
The ZNA brass band played different hymns in a moving ceremony where the three top military officers, Chiwenga, Sibanda and Shiri laid flowers on the coffin with the late General Mujuru which was draped by the national flag.
There were no gun salutes at the military parade but it was announced that gun salutes will be done at the national Heroes Acre on Saturday at Mujuru’s burial.
General Mujuru died in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farm on Monday night where his body was burnt beyond recognition. His death shocked President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Rumours have been swirling across the country on what may have caused General Mujuru’s death.
However, the widow, Vice President Joice Mujuru appealed to people to stop speculating on the death of the former commander of the Zimbabwe National Army. She said people should wait for the police to finalise their investigations.