JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Robert Mugabe’s nephew and former Cabinet minister Patrick Zhuwao on Tuesday made a dramatic intervention in the row over where the former Zimbabwe president should be buried, warning that those pushing for his burial at the National Heroes Acre were “inviting the spiritual wrath of the whole clan.”
“Speculation around President Mugabe’s final resting is totally uncalled for. There are people to whom President Mugabe outlined his wishes on where he would like his mortal remains to be interred,” Zhuwao wrote on his personal blog.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa made a direct intervention earlier Tuesday, inviting tribal chiefs from Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba to plead with them to allow the country’s founding leader to be buried at the hilltop monument in Harare reserved for veterans of Zimbabwe’s independence war.
Mugabe, who died aged 95 in a hospital in Singapore last Friday, was a totemic figure for his role in the struggle against white minority rule, leading Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he was toppled by his own army in November 2017.
The manner in which he was removed from power by the army and replaced by his former deputy Mnangagwa left a sour taste with his family. They say his health deteriorated quickly after his ousting and he was hurt that those who removed him never apologised.
Mugabe’s family has been pushing back, holding out for a burial in rural Kutama, 85km from the capital Harare, where Mugabe reportedly left instructions he wanted to be buried.
Zhuwao did not state what Mugabe’s wishes were – but also left little doubt that he was opposed a Heroes Acre burial.
“President Mugabe’s wishes on his final resting place must be respected irrespective of the desires and wishes of any politician, no matter what lofty positions or office they think they occupy. Those who know President Mugabe’s wishes must NEVER be threatened or intimidated.”
Source: Zim Live