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Zimbabwean authorities distance themselves from Mugabe’s killer aide
A policeman tasked with protecting Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe shot his wife nine times at the weekend citing infidelity. However, Zimbabwean authorities have tried distancing themselves from the suspected killer.
Takura Author Chiduwuro of the Police Protection Unit (PPU) shot his wife Ntombizodwa Mtambo Chiduwuroa detective inspector at their home.
Ntombizodwa is battling for her life at a hospital in Harare, after she was shot several times on the wrist, elbow, shoulder, both sides of the pelvis and neck.
Chiduwuro had been working as an aide for the president’s wife until he faced the attempted murder charges. But National police spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka refused to confirm that Chiduwuro formed part of Grace entourage.
“The official comment is that the policeman is in the Police Protection Unit. That is enough,” he said.
A court document record number 4283/10 states that Chiduwuro, an inspector, is stationed at PPU, Escorts, Morris Depot Harare.
Prosecutors in Zimbabwe say Chiduwuro and Ntombizodwa had a long-standing domestic dispute over allegations that Ntombizodwa was having an extra-marital affair with a Namibian, Augustine Matupi, who is based at Interpol in Harare.
“The two had discussed the issue and resolved to divorce and share their property. On July 3 2010 at 18.30, complainant Ntombizodwa Mtambo Chiduwuro was resting in her bedroom when Takura, armed, entered and they had a heated argument,” read the court papers.
“The accused (Takura) assaulted the complainant (Ntombizodwa), pulled out his service pistol, serial number BSAP 1020, and pointed it at the complainant. The complainant screamed for help and her 11-year-old son rushed into the bedroom where he found his father pointing a pistol at his mother.”