WASHINGTON DC —
Police have ruled out foul play in the fire that killed a 12-year old boy in Headlands, Manicaland Province, saying the fire was caused by an explosion of tobacco chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertiliser.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said investigations had not established any evidence the fire was caused by a petrol-bomb attack as charged by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Assistant Commissioner Charamba said there was high probability that ammonium nitrate and tobacco chemicals exploded during the fire, ruling out foul play.
She said forensic experts did their analysis combined with police investigations.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s party quickly responded saying the police report was a cover up to protect some senior Zanu-PF supporters and officials.
Spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said if the Zimbabwean government was serious about solving the arson case, it could have hired some foreign experts to investigate.
Mr. Mwonzora said his party will not rest until the case was solved.
Twelve year-old Christpower Maisiri, son of MDC official Shepherd Maisiri, was burnt to death in a suspected case of political violence