Robert Mugabe's Family Agree To Bury Him In Zimbabwe's "Heroes" Monument

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2019

The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, a family spokesperosn said on Friday.

This year alone, Chamisa was on two occasions barred from the VIP tents at the memorial services of national heroes, Oliver Mtukudzi and Dumiso Dabengwa. "As to when, that is another question", Leo Mugabe told journalists at Rufaro Stadium on the second day of body viewing for thousands of people.

"I would also want to dispel the rumours that have been doing the rounds that the chiefs were paid, they were not paid. I call upon you commander-in-chief, I call upon you to help the family have the wishes of President Mugabe recognised", he said.

Mugabe's legacy is also marked by a crackdown known as Gukurahundi, which killed an estimated 20,000 alleged "dissidents", and his violent seizure of white-owned farms that made him an worldwide pariah.

The Mugabe family has rejected the government's plan for an official funeral and burial on Sunday, saying it wanted to lay the former president to rest in a private ceremony. "That must be shown forever and ever at the National Heroes Ace so that anybody who visits must be able to say yes, this is where Robert Mugabe is buried", Mugabe added. The construction of a mausoleum would also mean Mugabe will not be buried next to his first wife, Sally, owing to a lack of space.

Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years until a coup in 2017, died in Singapore last week aged 95.

Soon after, Mugabe was toppled by protesters and the army in what was seen as part of a power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF party between pro-Mnangagwa factions and Mugabe loyalists siding with Grace.

As a result Grace and the family have been clinging onto Mugabe's body since its arrival on Wednesday.

Since his ascendance to the helm of the main opposition party, Chamisa has often been chastised at various state events and funerals. Mugabe's body arrived in Zimbabwe from Singapore on Wednesday and started three days of lying in state on Thursday.

A government spokesman did not immediately respond.

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Democratic Republic of Congo's Félix Tshisekedi, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika, Angola's João Lourenço, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta are expected tomorrow.

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