Mujuru Was Among Zimbabwe's Most Feared Men

Mujuru who was also known as Rex Nhongo was born on May 1, 1949. He led Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla forces during the independence war. Mujuru, a former Chikomba MP, is a former army chief who left government service in 1995. He is married to Joice Mujuru who is currently one of the two Zimbabwe’s Vice Presidents.

Mujuru, with the late Josiah Tongogara, led the ZANLA forces when Mugabe was in jail for 10 years from 1964 to 1974. Mugabe and the late Edgar Tekere with the help of the late chief Rekayi Tangwena their medium, crossed into Mozambique after their immediate release from jail with the active support of Mujuru, who implored guerrillas, most of whom had never met Mugabe, to accept him as their leader. “As a result Mugabe owes (Solomon) Mujuru an eternal favour,” said one Zanu (PF) insider.

Mujuru took over the command of the Zimbabwe National Army at independence in 1980, retiring 10 years later to go into business. Popular speculation is that he owns anywhere between six and 16 farms, including Alamein farm, a productive and high-value operation illegally requisitioned as part of a “landgrab” from Guy Watson-Smith in 2001, as found by the Zimbabwe High Court and international courts. However, he remained an influential member of the ruling Zanu (PF) politburo and central committees.

In the mid-1990s Mujuru clashed with Emmerson Mnangagwa, long considered Mugabe’s favoured heir, when Solomon bid to buy into the multi-billion dollar Zimasco, a chrome mining and smelting concern in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province.

In 2001 Mujuru became the subject of the first legal action against any member of Mr Mugabe’s inner circle implicated in the illegal seizure of land and assets. His seizure of Alamein Farm was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. Wikipedia