Family pleads with ED to halt Mugabe exhumation drama

Zimstar News

Former President Robert Mugabe’s family says it will appeal to both President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the High Court, Friday’s decision by a Chinhoyi court ordering the exhumation and reburial of the ex-leader’s body from his Zvimba homestead.

Family spokesperson Leo Mugabe told Zimstar News Saturday that they were going to appeal to the conscience of President Mnangagwa who this week took time to remember and praise his predecessor on the second anniversary of his death.

“We appealing to both the High Court and to the President Cde ED Mnangagwa in light of his very esteemed statement on the second anniversary of the death of President Mugabe,” said Leo Mugabe, nephew to the former President.

Mugabe died 6 September 2019 and was buried at his rural Zvimba home backyard.

His family defied a government bid to have him buried at the National Heroes Acre where the late founding leader presided over many burials of past heroes.

Mugabe’s family was adamant the decision to bury him away from the sacred shrine was in keeping with the late leader’s wishes.

Mugabe’s burial drama was renewed early this year when a Zvimba traditional leader summoned his widow, Grace to his court charged with violating custom through burying him in his courtyard.

Grace was found guilty in absentia leading to the default ruling by the chief to have the once fierce ruler exhumed and interred at the national shrine.

A subsequent attempt to appeal the chief’s ruling through a Chinhoyi court failed to yield the desired outcome for the Mugabe family after it was thrown away by the court.