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#RobertMugabe: Govt Bid to 'Hijack' Funeral Resisted

Harare - Even in death, the late former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe remains stubborn, as he his family are resisting government'...

Harare - Even in death, the late former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe remains stubborn, as he his family are resisting government's push to have him buried at the national shrine, in line with his last wishes.  

The former hardman who died in a private hospital in Singapore on September 6, opted to be interred at his village of Kutama, nest to his late mother Bona.

“His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night… followed by a private burial – either Monday or Tuesday – no National Heroes Acre. That’s the decision of the whole family,” his nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP.

Soon after his remains arrived, Mugabe’s final burial place became a point of dispute between his family and government. President Emmerson Mnangagwa had declared Mugabe a national hero after his death, indicating he should be buried at the national monument.
The Late Robert Mugabe's Burial Remains A Mystery 

But the family said traditional chiefs in his homestead in the Zvimba region should decide where he should be buried. Some family members are still bitter over his ouster, and the role his former ally Mnangagwa played.

“As his immediate family, we have also observed with shock that the government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe which is contrary to his wishes on how he wished to have his mortal remains interred.

“As the immediate family of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe, we are ready and willing to work with the government of Zimbabwe to develop a programme for the funeral… which is in conformity to his wishes on how his mortal remains will be interred,” claimed Patrick Zhuwawo, Mugabe's nephew and former government minister. 

Mugabe Family Resisted Moves to have his Body Carried by the Military, Opting for a Private Parlour 

Meanwhile, other publications say Mugabe's family had agreed to a burial in Harare, quoting various sources. “We held our final meeting yesterday (Sunday) at the Munhumutapa office where it was agreed the veteran leader will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre,” said the unnamed source. 

The meeting was chaired by chief of protocol Munyaradzi Kajese and some of the people who attended include Mugabe family spokesperson Leo Mugabe, Philip Chiyangwa, several chiefs and headmen from Zvimba.

Past Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Gideon Gono claimed to be a close friend of the Mugabe's, claims 'Mugabe has never said he did not want to be buried at the Heroes Acre because he could have written that down or inform one of his best friend (sahwira).' – AFP/ 

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