The body of Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial secretary for labour and production Cde Nathaniel Mhiripiri, who was found dead at his Aberd Farm on Tuesday, will be conveyed to a Harare hospital today for an autopsy, a source revealed yesterday. Due to the body’s advanced state of decomposition, sources said a decision was made to move it from Rusape Hospital to be examined by pathologists in Harare
Homicide detectives in Rusape are investigating the matter, amid indications that investigators were keen to interview one of his sons, Farai, over the suspected murder case.
Cde Mhiripiri was 67.
He was reported missing by his relatives on March 13, 2017.
The relatives reported that he left home on March 11 to attend a funeral in Chiduku Village.
According to a our sister paper, The Manica Post, detectives handling the matter revealed that on the day in question at around 9am, Cde Mhiripiri left home proceeding to Rusape to attend a funeral.
He was in the company of his wife, Tabeth Murefu (22) and the couple used public transport to Rusape where they parted ways as his wife proceeded to Headlands.
Cde Mhiripiri then attended a funeral at Revai Mbaimbai’s homestead at Tikwiri Farm, which is located about 15 kilometres from his farm.
He used his motorcycle to travel to the funeral.
At around 7pm, Cde Mhiripiri left the funeral and rode his motorbike back to his farm alone.
From that moment, he was not seen again, prompting his daughter, Munashe Mhiripiri to make a report at ZRP Rusape Central on March 13.
His family also failed to reach him on his mobile phone.
The following day at around 10am, police officers proceeded to his farm investigating the missing person report.
At the farm, the officers interviewed his workers and they were told that they had seen motorcycle marks along the gravel road which connects the Mutare-Rusape Road to the farmhouse.
A search was made around the area, leading to the recovery of his decomposing body.
Investigations carried out on the scene revealed that there were marks on the surface of the dust road which are consistent with a skidding motorcycle.
His decomposing body was found near a stream, a few metres from the main road, which leads to his farmhouse, lying under a tree.
His head was swollen as well as the right lower arm and the skin was peeling off.
Detectives could not link the crime to robbery as they found him with cash and his particulars.
They found a brown wallet containing his national identification card, two CABS ATM cards and $50 cash.
As the detectives investigated further, they found his motorcycle at his office at Number 1311, Mabvazuva, Rusape which is about 12 kilometres from the scene.
The bike did not have any damages.