Mujuru Inquest:Candle Did Not Burn The House – Maid

Continuing with her testimony at the inquest which was adjourned on Wednesday when she wept during giving evidence, Rosemary Shoti also ruled out the possibility that a candle in the late general commander had started the fire because he had been discovered in another room.

Shoti who was shedding tears told the court that general Mujuru had no matches to light the candle which was in his bed room. She said the late was a non smoker and did not at any point carry matches with him.

It is the police evidence that the fire which gutted the late general’s house emanated from the candle which was at his bed side table, since there was no electricity at the time he entered his house at around 2030hrs.

Shoti told the court that at one point the late General told them that he was not in good books with the three police officers who were manning his house, adding that the officers beat up one of the farm workers.

It was shoti’s evidence that the deceased after the police beat up one of the farm workers had intended to fire them but could not do so as their rotation time was almost over.

Commenting on the evidence given by Shoti the late General’s brother Joel Mujuru described Rosemary as a ‘credible source’ since she was in charge of the day to day welfare of the deceased.

“Rosemary is not mistaken when she is saying that the late did not light the candle. She is the one who was in charge of the young brother’s welfare. She had been taking care of him since the year 2000,”he told journalists.

“What people should understand here is that we are not condemning the entire police force. We are saying it’s possible that these three officers who were on duty that day erred. They were irresponsible,” said Joel.
The high profile inquest into the mysterious death of the retired Army General entered its fourth day today with 13 witnesses out of 42 testifying. The inquest continues tomorrow with four witnesses being lined up to give evidence.