The late chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) Douglas Munatsi will be buried this Sunday at Greendale Cemetery in Harare.
Munatsi died in a fire that broke out in apartment C9 at the palatial Northfields Complex in Harare where he stayed alone, in the early hours of Monday.
He was scheduled to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa later that day and investigations are still underway to find the cause of the fire.
One of Munatsi’s neighbours, Charles Gardiner, who is also chairperson of the Northfields Owners Association, called the Harare Fire Brigade after the now-deceased ZIDA CEO had sent an SOS around 2.50 AM.
Firefighters reportedly took 11 minutes to arrive at the scene but battled the inferno for two long hours, by which time Munetsi had already died.
Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told The Sunday Mail that investigations are ongoing. Said Nyathi:
We are still conducting investigations and if any new information comes up, we will let you know.
The Sunday Mail reported a police source close to the investigation as saying police are eager to interview a woman only identified as Colleta, who was the last person to see Munatsi alive. Said the police officer:
We are still to account and interview the woman who is alleged to have visited the deceased the night before his death.
We are also waiting to receive the report from the Fire Brigade to ascertain the cause of the fire. But so far there is nothing new.
Meanwhile, the Munatsi family has reportedly commissioned a separate post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death with a South African pathologist.
The family wants to compare their autopsy report with one being undertaken by Government pathologists.
According to a situation report by the Zimbabwe Republic Police on the fire incident and Munatsi’s death:
… The remains of the deceased were found in a sitting position just beside the tub in the main bedroom with some burns on the hands and legs, he was putting on a red T-shirt and a black pair of shorts which were not burnt… to suggest that the deceased could have been burnt by the heat of the fire and not direct flames.