Joice Mujuru Gets A Feel Of Her Government's Dysfunctional Delivery System

It knows no colour or political affiliation as Vice President and General Solomon Mujuru’s widow Joice is learning through the ongoing inquest in to the death of her of husband Solomon.

Despite her status as the second most powerful person in the country, politically that is, she had to get court papers outlying the on-going inquest of her husband when she only arrived at court.

For long, ordinary Zimbabweans and Zanu (PF) opponents have been complaining about the police and Attorney General’s (AG) office selective application of the law.

But for such complaints to be made by a person of the calibre of the Vice President of the country, it is quite revealing.

A lawyer representing the Mujuru family, Thakor Keawada told journalists that the Vice President was disadvantaged by the late delivery of court papers.

“At this stage the vice President is at a disadvantage because she did not receive any of her documents etc. As soon as she receives them she had three papers, one was a copy of a subpoena with three names on it, not her name but a letter from police saying will you record a statement from the Vice President and somebody had drafted an affidavit of the Vice President which was not accurate in many respects,” said Keawada.

“She called me at midday, infact I met with her at about 11:15 am and we went through it and I recorded her and redrafted the affidavit which we proposed lodging with the authorities because they had requested for it.”

Mujuru herself at earlier on told reporters how relieved she was to have finally got the court papers to allow her to follow the inquest effectively.

“We now have the papers and we still have to look at them and give our input,” she said.

She was angered by the fact that she was not given all the court papers so she can study them before she goes to court and be able to give her own input into the case effectively.

Responding questions from journalists the lawyer said the fact that he was not given the court papers on time leaves him and the Mujuru family in a difficult position and unable to prepare them for court.

“It’s like putting me into a boxing ring with my hands tied on my back. My client has not seen some of the statements,” he said. “We are not here to score points but to get to the bottom of the matter. My client wants to know what transpired to her husband. There is a lot of suspicion in the minds of the public because he (Gen Mujuru) was a seasoned fighter, who had lived in the bush, who could escape in such situations.”

On Tuesday Mujuru again complained that she was not given court papers to study statements made by the witnesses, some of whom are police officers he rapped saying they had failed to do their job on the day her husband died.

“I am the wife of the general. I was never given an opportunity to see statements made by these men so that if possible i would have assisted them. I am seeing the papers being held by the lawyers and the prosecutors in this court through peeping,” said Mujuru.

“I don’t want to think bad about anybody but i only want to think that somebody might have faltered on his part and these are some of the housekeeping issues that we are now trying to sort out.”

The ongoing inquest is being done to unravel how the celebrated former army general died.