Mugabe rejects heroes burial, wants to sleep beside late mother’s graveside-Report
London, August 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly does not wish to be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre Monument. He instead wants to be buried next to his mother, Bona, at his rural home in Zvimba, Mashonaland West province, sources say.
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Family sources speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent also say Mugabe does not want the current Zanu PF government or President Emmerson Mnangagwa to lead his funeral.
“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.”
News of Mugabe’s rejection of his former Zanu PF comrades and the party as well as government in the twilight zone of his life and also in death as he has already indicated, jolted Mnangagwa into action, sources said.
Officials say Mnangagwa reacted by sending to Singapore — where Mugabe has been receiving treatment for years — a delegation headed 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
While Mugabe seemed to make peace with President Mnangagwa following last year’s general elections, Mugabe is said to be still acrimonious and hostile towards his successor.
Mnangagwa assumed power following Mugabe’s removal from office in November and Mugabe has often referred to Mnangagwa as his “tormentor” ever since.
The government is helping Mugabe with payment of medical bills despite the sour relations between him and President Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa said in a statement this week “Mugabe had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment for months but was responding well to medication.”
Mugabe has been hospitalized in Singapore since April.