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INTERNAL Bindura Nickel Corporation (BNC) investigations into the murder of company chairman Dr Leonard Chimimba have dispelled any thought of foul play.
The nickel company said it hired a South African firm of investigators soon after the murder. The investigators are said to have arrived in the country a day after the incident.
They found nothing unusual about Chimimba’s death.
“There was nothing unusual about the death of Chimimba, he was just a victim of carjacking,” said Kalaa Mpinga, BNC chairman.
He said comments attributed to Simon Chimimba, a younger brother, that there was foul play, were a result of agitation due to his brother’s sudden death. Simon reportedly blamed the death of the brother on government officials.
Mpinga said Simon had no reason to make such an accusation since the investigators had been informing him of their findings during the course of their investigations.
Mpinga said he could not reveal the name of the firm but they had concluded that there was no plot to eliminate Chimimba. He said there was nothing strange about Chimimba having had a meeting with Gideon Gono in Botswana.
“I find nothing wrong with Leonard having met the governor in Botswana. I actually organised the meeting but was told that the governor would be out, so he agreed that we could meet him in Botswana, which we did,” said Mpinga. He said this was normal considering Gono was a former director of the company and understood the company’s problems and the urgency of the matter.
“I was very disappointed with media reports over the death of Leonard, but it should be realised that evidence gathered by a team of investigators all agreed that Leonard was a victim of a carjacking, not all these theories people were coming up with,” said Mpinga.
Mpinga said there were similar incidents of carjacking that occurred that evening when Chimimba was shot.
He said that same night four men were caught in Mozambique and the gun they had was the same gun that was used to shoot Chimimba.
Chimimba was gunned down in Borrowdale last month.
His murder occurred at a time when police were reported to be closing in on a syndicate masterminding minerals theft in South Africa.