Former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza’s daughter Valentina Guebuza has been shot dead by her husband Zófimo Muiuane.
Guebuza, an influential businesswoman and a member of the ruling party’s Central Committee died on the way to the hospital after she was shot with a pistol severally in their apartment in a wealthy neighborhood of Maputo – Mozambique’s capital.
Muiuane, who is currently in police custody confessed to the murder, adding that his relationship with the deceased had been very sour and turbulent for some time.
In 2014 Valentina got married to Muiunae, a “humble and hardworking young man” at a lavish ceremony, attended by several African leaders and other important dignitaries.
He received his technical and vocational education at the Industrial School of Maputo. He subsequently became the marketing manager of Mc el, a telecommunications company.
Prior to her death, the South Africa-trained civil engineer held prominent positions in the telecommunications and banking sectors and headed several family businesses.
Among these was Focus 21, a family investment firm with interests in fisheries, transportation, mining, real estate, media and the port in Beira, Mozambique’s second city.
She leaves behind an adorable daughter who was born in July 2015.
Mozambican police spokesperson Orlando Mudumane confirmed the killing of the influential businesswoman.
The first indications we have is that this was an authentic case of domestic violence which ended, sadly, in the death of the citizen Valentina Guebuza,” said another policeman Inacio Dina.
Her father, former president Armando Emilio Guebuza, stepped down in 2015 after 10 years as president.
He resigned as head of the ruling party in March 2015, after a three-month-long power tussle with current President, Filipe Nyusi. Armando remains one of Mozambique’s most powerful presidents.