Minister: Senegalese authorities investigating Stevenson’s death

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By Anna Chibamu

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Minister Sibusiso Moyo says Senegalese authorities were in the process of investigating the death of Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Senegal and the Gambia, Trudy Stevenson Friday.

The former legislator was found dead aged 73 in her Dakar residence.

Her death was broken by Zimbabwean media with government keeping a curious silence over the matter.

Asked for detail over Stevenson’s death, Minister Moyo confirmed investigations have been instituted to establish the causes.

“That’s why we delayed issuing a statement; we wanted the relatives to be informed,” he said.

“The Senegalese are busy doing the entire investigations in terms of law so that it can give clarity to the situation.”

The opposition MDC founding member was appointed ambassador to the west African countries during Zimbabwe’s short-lived unity government 2009.

She was also a member of parliament for Harare North from 2000 to 2008.

At the time of her death, US born diplomat had quit active politics to focus on her diplomatic mission.

Her party, MDC led by Welshman Ncube described Stevenson as a “hardworking, focused and principled person” who worked tirelessly towards the formation and running of MDC in the late 1990s until her untimely death.