Government Presses Ahead With Construction Of Mugabe’s Mausoleum
8 August 2021
The government is pressing ahead with the construction of a mausoleum for the late former president Robert Mugabe two years after Mugabe was buried at his rural home in Zvimba in a heavily reinforced grave.
Mugabe's family blocked the government from burying him at the Heroes' Acre, saying the former Zanu PF leader refused to be buried at the shrine.
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In May, Chief Zvimba's court ruled that Mugabe's remains had to be exhumed after charging former first lady Grace Mugabe with violating traditional norms by burying her husband at their homestead.
Mugabe's family says the alleged resumption in the construction of the mausoleum suggests that the government influenced Chief Zvimba to order a reburial of the late veteran leader.
They believe the government was eager to see Mugabe's remains exhumed and reburied at the National Heroes Acre. Said one of Mugabe's relatives, who requested to remain anonymous:
The construction is ongoing without the family's knowledge and this has raised suspicion that the government is up to something.
It confirms they are behind the chief's actions to call for the exhumation of the body
Mugabe's nephew, Leo, who is the family spokesperson, said he was not aware of the continued construction of the mausoleum. Leo said:
We have nothing to do with that.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said the construction of the mausoleum was being handled by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.
Mugabe's children, Bona, Bellarmine Chatunga and Tinotenda Robert (Jnr) in June appealed against Chief Zvimba's ruling, saying he acted outside his jurisdiction.
The case is yet to be heard at the Chinhoyi magistrates' court.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has consistently denied accusations that it is behind attempts to exhume Mugabe's remains.
More: The Standard
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