Zimbabwe's Gen. Mujuru dies, relatives say

Relatives and family friends say retired Gen. Solomon Mujuru, husband of Zimbabwe's vice president and one of the nation's main political power brokers, has died. Mujuru was 63.

Family members said by telephone Tuesday that Mujuru died at a farm about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Harare on Monday. They could not be identified because of sensitive protocols in President Robert Mugabe's fractured party.

Vice President Joice Mujuru leads a powerful faction in Mugabe's party backed by her husband and the loyalty he still commanded in the military. The general, a leader of the guerrilla war that swept Mugabe to power, commanded the military for more than a decade after Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.

Details on the circumstances of his death were not immediately available.