MDC-T VP Elias Mudzuri Faces Arrest For Murder

MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri faces arrest over the murder of 23-year-old Epworth man, ZimLive reports.

Mudzuri was named by Ronald Mukumbira as one of three people who brutally assaulted him at a bar in Harare on 7 June. The assault victim died three days later.

An internal police memo dated June 11, 2021, seen by ZimLive says Mukumbira was drinking beer at Duriro Pub & Grill in the Workington industrial area when he was assaulted “with unknown weapons” by Mudzuri and others.

Mudzuri reportedly owns the Duriro, while Leonard is thought to be related to the former Harare mayor.

Police said Mukumbira was rushed to Sally Mugabe Hospital at around 3.30 AM with a deep cut on the head and injuries on the ribs and knees.

Mukumbira was treated and discharged, arriving home in Epworth at about 3 PM the same day. The memo read:

Upon arrival at his place of residence, Mukumbira told his mother Netsai Mukumbira that he was assaulted by Elias Mudzuri, Leonard Mudzuri and other unknown accused persons at Duriro bar.
Police further said Mukumbira stopped talking soon after recounting his ordeal and he died at 7 PM on 10 June.

Mukumbira’s body was taken to Tayedzwa Funeral Service but is expected to be ferried to a government hospital for a post-mortem.

“We’re very keen to question Elias Mudzuri. We should make an arrest this weekend,” a police source told ZimLive on Saturday.

Mudzuri was reportedly not answering calls on Saturday, while MDC-T spokesman Witness Dube said the party will not comment on the matter since it is under investigation by the police.

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