Team Lacoste member, Nathaniel Garikayi Mhiripiri had a bullet lodged in his head, a post-mortem has revealed.
The post-mortem was done on Tuesday by a pathologist at Harare Hospital. Mhiripiri (67), who was the Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial secretary for labour and production, was found dead at his Abeid Farm, 12km on the outskirts of Rusape, last week on Tuesday after going missing for three days.
Officer Commanding Police in Rusape District, Chief Superintendent Garikayi Gwangwava, confirmed the post-mortem.
“It is true that the post-mortem was done at Harare Hospital on Tuesday and we have not yet received a full report from the pathologist without which we cannot comment further because we are not specialists.
“Mhiripiri’s body was taken back to Rusape yesterday (Wednesday) and is at Rusape General Hospital Mortuary awaiting collection by the family for burial.
“Investigations are in progress, but the outcome of the post-mortem will widen the scope,” he said.
Chief Supt Gwangwava appealed to anyone with information that can assist with investigations to approach police in Rusape or their nearest police station.
The controversial politician’s decomposing body was located adjacent to a stream, a few metres from a dust road leading to his farm house.
He had been reported missing to the police on March 13 and a search launched the following day led to the discovery of his decomposing body at his farm.
The body was found lying under a tree in a dry pool of blood with a tree branch covering his face. His head was swollen as well as the right lower arm.