Zimbabwe: Former President Mugabe ally found dead

Former ambassador and energy minister found dead in his car in what is officially being described as a suicide

Zimbabwe: Former President Mugabe ally found dead

World Bulletin / News Desk

Just one day before Zimbabwe holds elections in 16 constituencies across the country to replace ousted Zanu-PF officials, Amos Midzi – once an ally of former President Robert Mugabe – was found dead in his car in what is officially being described as a suicide. 

Details surrounding Midzi’s demise remain sketchy, but at the time of his death on Tuesday, the former ambassador and energy minister had reportedly fallen out of favor with the 91-year-old Mugabe. 

Midzi was found dead in his car near his Marirangwe farm only a few kilometers south of the capital Harare. According to informed sources, his car keys were missing. 

Senior Zimbabwe police officials who spoke to Anadolu Agency said they had yet to determine the cause of Midzi’s death. 

“Police are on the scene right now. I can’t confirm the cause of death; I will only comment once all the details have been gathered and forwarded to me,” Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba told Anadolu Agency. 

Midzi, who was 62 at the time of his death, was born in Zambia, where he was raised until Zimbabwe won its independence from Britain in 1980. 

After moving to Zimbabwe, Midzi was later appointed as the country’s ambassador to the U.S. in 1993. 

In 2002, he was appointed minister of energy and power development. Two years later, he was appointed as minister of mines and mining development. 

In January 2015, however, the former Zanu-PF Harare Province chairperson and legislator was dismissed from both the party and cabinet after being accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2015, 16:15