May 13, 2021

Grace Mugabe Accused of Improperly Burying Husband

Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe, has been accused of “improperly” burying her late husband, former President Robert Mugabe.

The deceased statesman – who died aged 95 – was buried in a private ceremony at Kutama, his home village in Mashonaland West Province, in 2019.

Patrick Zhuwao, Mr Mugabe’s nephew, told a South African broadcaster that his uncle was buried according to his own wishes.

However, in a letter recently sent by Chief Zvimba – the traditional chief of Mr Mugabe’s home region – to Mrs Mugabe, he demanded that the former president’s remains be exhumed so that they can be properly reburied at a gravesite next to his late mother, Bona.

Chief Zvimba wrote: “All properties of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe are supposed to be kept at his homestead and handled in line with our traditions. I want you to rebury the late president in accordance with our traditions … at a place designated by the family and his late mother.”

In addition to paying a fine of five cattle and a goat for the supposed violation, Mrs Mugabe must also appear in the village court next Thursday morning, 20 May, in Murombedzi Growth Point.

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