Shocking details have emerged concerning the death of the late veteran banker and business executive Doug Munatsi. According to the latest reports, Munatsi’s body shows signs of torture as his fingernails were pulled out.

The chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) died in the early hours of Monday following a fire at his Northfields apartment in Harare’s Avenues area. The fire has been described as suspicious and is being investigated by the police.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are searching for a woman only identified as Coletta. She is the last person known to have visited Munatsi on the fateful night. Some witnesses have reported an explosion-like noise from Munatsi’s apartment just before the fire.

In the latest development, the NewsHawks revealed that the businessman’s body shows signs of torture. In an update, the publication said,


As more details surrounding the mysterious death of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s key ally Doug Munatsi surface, it has emerged that his body was found without nails. Detailing is the extraction of the nails from the fingers and toes as a method of torture using pliers or heat.

Mnangagwa said yesterday that Munatsi, who was Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency chief executive, died in “unclear circumstances”.

Commonly referred to as detailing, the removal of tore and fingernails using pliers, heat, or even a wire or shard of wood inserted under the nail has been a simple but effective method of torture throughout history.

American researcher and “torture historian” Ninette M. Spikes’ Dictionary of Torture claims detailing originates from “ancient North America,” and the practice is often associated with medieval torture methods.

While fingernails might be dead material — similar to hair — the nail beds underneath and the nerves running through those nail beds and fingertips are very sensitive and susceptible to pain when tampered with.

Torture is an act of deliberately and systematically inflicting physical or psychological pain in order to fulfill some agenda of the torturer or compel some action from the victim, especially as punishment or pressure to release information.

One of the most common and timeless methods of torture to extract confessions is detailing.

Torture is universally considered to be a cruel violation of human rights.

The United Nations Convention Against Torture prohibits the use of torture by states to extract confessions or information, and for any reason for that matter.

The police are yet to comment officially on the allegations that Doug Munatsi’s body is exhibiting signs of torture.