Mazowe North Member of Parliament, Edgar Chidavaenzi of the ruling Zanu PF party, was reportedly found dead in his Holiday Inn Hotel room in Harare Thursday afternoon.
National police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident but said an active death investigation is going on.
Charamba said, “I can confirm that the MP was found dead inside his hotel room, but I don’t have much detail as our investigating officers are still at the scene. You can call me latter”
Chidavaenzi at one time was linked to a Zanu-PF faction that supported expelled former vice president Joice Mujuru derisively called "Gamatox". In 2014 the Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central Provincial leadership led by chairperson Dick Mafios implicated Chidavaenzi and eight other MP's in the province of allegedly fanning factionalism and recommended that they be recalled from parliament.
The nine who were implicated were Chidavaenzi, Nicholas Goche,Walter Kanhanga, David Butau, Chriswell Mutematsaka, Kenneth Musanhu, Christopher Chitindi, Elizabeth Shongedza and Alice Chimbudzi.
Mujuru was expelled from Zanu-PF on the back of a slew of allegations, among them attempting to topple president Robert Mugabe from power, close ties with the West and corruption. Mujuru has denied the allegations.