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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2020

10 - Fireborn II


Mujuru died suddenly, in a mysterious house fire on 15 August 2011. News of his death captured Zimbabwean and international popular and scholarly attention. There were multiple attempts to make sense of the implications of Mujuru’s death and to uncover the cause of his demise. Drawing on rare access to Mujuru’s inner circle and family, the chapter reconstructs - to an unprecedented degree - events prior his death and argues that there are serious shortcomings in the state’s contention that Mujuru’s demise did not involve foul play.