FORMER president Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s family has dismissed reports that the veteran nationalist confided to them that he did not want to be buried at the National Heroes Acre, Zim Morning Post can report.
Mugabe died September 6 at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.
He was 95.
On Saturday, former ZIFA boss and family spokesperson Leo Mugabe quashed the claims via a video drop on social media and said the report was a figment of peddlers of such news’ imagination.
Leo is believed to be one of Mugabe’s favourite nephews, on his own admission.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana shared the video on micro -blogging site Twitter.
“We do not know who gave the message, we just saw it on the social media and not aware of the originator “,Mugabe (Leo) said.
A local weekly carried a story claiming that Mugabe was bitter and did not want to buried at the national shrine.
“Family members told The Independent that Mugabe is insisting on not being buried at the Heroes’ Acre as he does not want Mnangagwa and his associates to be in charge of his burial and ride on his liberation struggle history coattails”, the Zimbabwe Independent reported then.
“Family sources said Mugabe has specifically made it clear that he would not want President Emmerson Mnangagwa — who seized power from him in a military coup in November 2017 — and his allies to hold forth and pontificate over his dead body”, further wrote the Zimbabwe Independent
Mugabe’s first wife Sally Mugabe (nee Hayron) was buried at the National Heroes Acre and speculative reports point out that his second wife Grace is not amused with an arrangement that will see her husband buried at the same shrine.
“Grace is not comfortable with an arrangement where Mugabe will be buried at the same shrine with Sally.
It is an open secret that towards Mugabe’s last days, Grace was the de facto president , she authored Mugabe’s calamity as her interference was unparalleled.
“She made a good job to discredit and taint Mugabe’s decorated legacy making his death the end of an error,” submitted Tsungayi Hatitye a political analyst.
Meanwhile, Zim Morning Post understands that Major General Trust Mugova who died on the same day with Mugabe and declared a national hero will be buried first next week.
His burial will be followed by Mugabe’s burial after his body lies in state in all provinces.
According to sources, his body is expected in the country before Wednesday. Zim morning post