Harare: Zimbabwe’s late ruler Robert Mugabe will now be buried at his rural Zvimba home and not at the National Heroes Acre as earlier announced, government information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana has said.
Mugabe, who was toppled in November 2017 after 37 years in power, passed away aged 95 in Singapore on September 5.
He died a bitter man following his ouster from office, according to the family, and did not want his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa who engineered the 2017 coup to preside over his burial.
“The family of the late former President R. G Mugabe has expressed its desire to proceed with his burial in Zvimba. In line with government policy to respect the wishes of the families of the deceased heroes, Government is cooperating with the Mugabe family in their new position,” Mangwana said in a statement.
“Government will render all the necessary support to give the former President a fitting burial as led by the family.”
Earlier reports said Mugabe’s family had agreed that his body be interred at the National Heroes Acre with Public Works ministry workers reported to have begun constructing a mausoleum ahead of his burial in a month.
His body has been holed up at his imposing Blue Roof mansion in Borrowdale amid reports that his controversial and superstitious wife, Grace is reportedly refusing to let the body of the former strongman lie at a private mortuary.
Mugabe during his reign denied many befitting heroes a chance to be buried at the National Heroes Acre that his family now shuns.