Why the late Mugabe is yet to be buried two weeks after State funeral
Published on: September 27, 2019 11:45 (EAT)
It has now emerged that the late Robert Mugabe will not be buried at National Heroes Acre in Harare as had been planned. The former Zimbabwean leader is now to be buried in his hometown of Zvimba, located about one hour from the capital city. “The family has expressed its desire to proceed with the burial in Zvimba. In line with Government policy to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes, Government is cooperating with the Mugabe family,” a statement from the Ministry of Information on September 26 reads. Revelations of the new burial site come two weeks after African leaders travelled for his State funeral at the national stadium in Harare. President Uhuru Kenyatta was among several Heads of State at the memorial service. On Thursday this week, Al Jazeera revealed that Mugabe’s family was not comfortable with burial at National Heroes Acre. Grace Mugabe was said to be at the centre of the rift pitting the family against President Emmerson Mnangagwa. According to The Telegraph, the family stood its ground maintaining that their patriach be buried alongside his mother and brothers in the village where he grew up. The BBC further reports that the family remains bitter over the ouster of the late Mugabe from power in 2017. Earlier this week, President Mnangagwa revealed that Mugabe died while undergoing treatment for cancer in Singapore. The late Mugabe and his family had kept details of his health secret for several years as he sought treatment.