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From ZWNEWS, 25 October
Pathologists’ reports awaited
The results of two postmortem examinations on the body of Learnmore Jongwe are awaited in Zimbabwe, amid deep controversy regarding the cause of the death of the opposition MP in his prison cell. Jongwe was reported to have been found dead early last Tuesday morning. He was in prison awaiting trial over the fatal stabbing of his wife, which he admitted, but which he said was committed in a fit of jealous rage.
His family were granted permission to appoint an independent pathologist to attend the official postmortem scheduled for 8:00 am Thursday morning. As all available Zimbabwean pathologists also conduct government business, the family engaged the services of a South African pathologist, who was only able to travel to Zimbabwe from Durban on Thursday afternoon. The family asked for the postmortem to be delayed until his arrival, but the Zimbabwean authorities refused, and the official postmortem began as scheduled this morning. A lawyer and general practitioner appointed by the family attended.
The pathologist who conducted the official examination on Thursday morning was unable to state the cause of Jongwe’s death, and is awaiting histological reports from laboratory tests. The authorities produced in evidence two towels, carrying a white and a brown substance, and a tablet, details of which are unclear. Lawyers for the family are still waiting for details of the precise location of Jongwe’s death, and have yet to be given access to it, or to any of the prisoners who were reported to have been sharing the same prison cell with Jongwe. The family-appointed pathologist examined the body on Thursday afternoon, and tissue samples were taken.