Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will not be buried at his own National Heroes’ Acre Monument, which was made to symbolise sacrifice, bravery and triumph of good over evil after he told his family members that he does not want to be buried at the North Korean-style shrine in Warren Hills in Harare.
Speaking to Zimbabwe Independent, Sources from the family said that Mugabe, who has been hospitalised in Singapore since April, said that he does not want the current Zanu-PF government to preside over his funeral.
Social media has been buzzing since a picture shared by his children of a white hairy and bearded Mugabe wearing a black and white Adidas tracksuit started circulating.
The sources said the former President made it loud and clear that he would not want President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took the President’s seat from him in a military coup in November 2017 and his allies to hold forth and pontificate over his dead body.
According to the sources, Mugabe reportedly said that he wants to be buried next to his mother Bona at his rural home in Zvimba, Mashonaland West province, sources say.
Mugabe is said to be still bitter and hostile towards current President, Emmerson Mnangagwa whom he described after the coup as his “tormentor”.
Mugabe has worked with Mnangagwa for over 50 years and during those years he was able to gain trust, and that eventually made him his right-hand man and enforcer of his authoritarian rule, which was the downfall of the country.
The news reportedly came as a shock to Mnangagwa’s administration which believed that Mugabe wanted to be buried next to his late first wife Sally, who was interred at the national shrine after her death in 1992.
“Mugabe has made it clear to his family that he does not wish to be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre anymore. He does not want to be associated with Mnangagwa and all those he now views as his betrayers and tormentors. He has said he doesn’t want them to sing and pontificate over his dead body,” a close family member said. “He has informed relatives about his decision and this is known in the family; it’s also now known in government circles.”
Sources say Mnangagwa’s delegation was sent to Singapore, where Mugabe has been receiving treatment. The delegation led by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.
The team also included Central Intelligence Organisation Director-General Isaac Moyo and Mugabe’s former personal doctor Professor Jonathan Matenga.
The team was reportedly sent there to fix relations with the family of the former president and get information on his well-being.
The government has reportedly been helping Mugabe out with payment of medical bills despite the bad relations between him and Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa said that Mugabe has been receiving medication for months and is responding well to it.
“Founding president and founding father of our nation (comrade) Robert Mugabe remains detained at a hospital in Singapore where he is receiving medical attention,” Mnangagwa said.
“Unlike in the past when the former president would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept under observation for much longer from April this year when he left for his latest routine check-up,” Mnangagwa added.
Mnangagwa added that Mugabe was “responding well to treatment” and that “because of the good progress he is making (comrade) Mugabe could be released fairly soon”.