Mugabe revealed that the late Mujuru was fed up with him because he was preventing them from benefitting from companies. He attributes the 2008 election loss to Mujuru and his associates which he said wanted to get rid of him. Below is a excerpt of the interview:
Q: Which brings us to General Solomon Mujuru’s death. People think it had something to do with Zanu PF succession issues.
A: It was just a case of someone dying. He just died. And what is fortunate for the party is that it happened away, on his farm.
Q: So you think his death was an accident?
A: Some say some Israeli (business associates) who had issues with him.
Q: Oxford researcher Miles Tendi says General Mujuru was killed by military intelligence.
A: No. Ah, he was a terrible guy. Very selfish. And a smoker. A smoker, I think this is what killed him. In Geneva (Switzerland), we burnt down a hotel and it was Mujuru again. Well, we managed to avoid trial, but it was his smoking that almost got us killed in a hotel. He was a careless smoker. An investigation established that the fire started in his room. But we denied it and said no no.