‘No foul play in Manyika death’

Wongai Zhangazha

A PROBE into the accident which claimed the life of former Zanu PF national commissar Elliot Manyika (pictured) in 2008 has concluded that there was no foul play in his death.

Investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident and Manyika’s subsequent death started after some family members queried circumstances surrounding the accident suspecting that his injuries were not consistent with a car accident.

However, police investigations have concluded that Manyika’s death was “purely” a traffic accident.

On Wednesday, Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said: “What I can say is that police investigations indicated that his death was purely a road accident. There was no further police action.”

The accident occurred on the 145km peg along the Zvishavane-Mbalabala Road after Manyika’s official Mercedes Benz vehicle reportedly burst a tyre and careered off the road killing him instantly.

He was travelling from Mutare to Gwanda on Zanu PF restructuring business.

Police sources insisted that there was no need for an inquest into Manyika’s death since preliminary investigations and a doctor’s report had proved that he had died of injuries sustained in the accident. The police sources said a Harare magistrate also ruled out any foul playlast year, thereby dismissing calls for a public inquiry.

Chief Superintendent Crispen Makedenge led investigations in the case. Efforts to obtain the docket were fruitless since its whereabouts could not be ascertained.

However,some family members this week pleaded ignorance on the latest findings of no foul play.

“We are not aware of the conclusions. Maybe some family members were told and did not relate the information to the rest of the family. If it was their conclusion what can we do? Information was closely guarded and it even makes the whole situation more painful,” said the close relative.

The family had requested a thorough investigationafter expressing suspicions that a wound found on Manyika’s head could have been from a bullet shot.
As part of the investigations, a tyre of Manyika’s Mercedes Benz was sent to South Africa for forensic examination.

A relative said the family long suspected that “a lot was not adding up in the accident hence the idea to have a more detailed investigation”.
The relative also revealed that just before the accident, Manyika had received death threats from anonymous people.

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