- “The President has made it very clear that the party and his Government are not involved whatsoever. This a matter we believe is between the family of the late former President and the chiefs in Zvimba..."
By Nompumelelo Sibanda
ZANU-PF says it has nothing to do with the exhumation of the remains of the late former President Robert Mugabe from where his remains are interred in Zvimba to the National Heroes Acre.
Mugabe died at a top private medical facility in Singapore in September 2019 and was buried at his rural Zvimba home amid tension and fighting between the Government which wanted him buried at the National Heroes Acre and his family which said the late veteran statesman wanted a private burial away from his colleagues buried at the national shrine.
The tension was so palpable that Grace Mugabe, the late President’s widow, took full control of the corpse and blocked Government from accessing it. Government was already building a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre when the Mugabe family dramatically buried him in Zvimba.
However, the matter resurfaced last month as a Zvimba chief ruled that the Mugabe family violated tradition and custom and that Mugabe’s remains must be exhumed and reburied in Harare before 1st July 2021.
Speaking at a press conference soon after the 352 Politburo session in Harare yesterday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Simon Khaya Moyo said the ruling party and Government have absolutely nothing to do with this dramatic ruling.
“The President has made it very clear that the party and his Government are not involved whatsoever. This a matter we believe is between the family of the late former President and the chiefs in Zvimba.
“For what purpose we will not know, but the party and Government are not at all involved,” said Khaya Moyo.
The Mugabe family insists it will not abide by the Chief’s ruling. Family spokesperson Leo Mugabe told media that they will appeal to the many courts above the traditional court which include the Magistrates Court, High Court and even the Supreme Court should matters come to a head. ■