• After weeks of back-and-forth, “Robert Mugabe will be buried in his home town, following a final twist in a row over the former Zimbabwean leader’s resting place.”
  • Mugabe died earlier this month at age 95 and his funeral was held in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
  • However, “the government had resisted his family’s wish for him to be buried in his home region of Zvimba, deciding that he should lay in Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground.”
  • While the family eventually gave in and agreed, they backed out of the idea on Thursday, and “it was not immediately clear what prompted the late change in plans. The Mugabe family had appeared content with the burial at Heroes Acre, after it was agreed that a mausoleum would be built for the former leader.”
  • In a statement released on Thursday, “Information Minister Nick Mangwana said the change was in line with policy to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes.”
  • After his death,” the family publicly complained that they had not been consulted about arrangements for the state funeral” and “accused the government of coercion, and said plans to bury Mugabe at the monument were contrary to [Mugabe’s] wishes.”
  • The statement also “said that one of his final requests was for his wife, Grace Mugabe, to never leave Mr. Mugabe’s coffin during the funeral and up until the point when he was buried.”
  • According to reports, “his family is said to be bitter over his being ousted by his former ally, President Mnangagwa, two years ago – a resentment that may have contributed to the clash over his burial place. Mr. Mnangagwa had pushed for it to be Heroes Acre.”
  • Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s first leader after the country gained independence in 1980. He was a former guerilla leader.
  • The later years of his rule “was marked by economic ruin and the violent repression of his political opponents” before he was overthrown in 2017 by a coup.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Mugabe to be buried in home town after final twist in row READ
  • The Telegraph: Robert Mugabe to be buried in home village as Zimbabwe government abandons mausoleum plans READ
  • YAHOO!: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will be buried at home village: govt READ
  • Zim Live: Mugabe to be buried in Zvimba this weekend after family snubs Heroes Acre READ

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