HARARE – Zimbabwe’s government announced late Thursday that it’s late former President Robert Mugabe will be buried at his home village in Zvimba, some 80 kilometres west of Harare, as requested by his family.
This ends weeks of deadlock between President Emmerson’s government and the Mugabe clan. A special burial place for the long time leader is under construction at Harare’s National Heroes Acre, after the two sides had earlier agreed to bury him at the place where his former liberation war comrades are interred.
But at his death, Mugabe is said to have said his wish was to be buried along with his clan in Zvimba. But government was keen to bestow him with the honour of taking him to the national shrine. In a statement Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Nick Mangwana said the family of the former leader, who died in Singapore on September 6, “has expressed its desire to proceed with his burial in Zvimba”. “The family of the late former Robert Mugabe has expressed its desire to proceed with the burial in Zvimba.
In line with government policy to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes, government is cooperating with the Mugabe family in their new position,” Mangwana said. He however did not say when the burial will take place.
Mangwana said government will render “all the necessary support to give the late former President a fitting burial as led by the family.”
The statement did not say when Mugabe would be laid to rest.