Zimbabwean magistrate ordered that the late Robert Mugabe’s remains should be exhumed and reburied at the national hero’s shirine in the city capital of Zimbabwe.
A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday ruled that Robert Mugabe’s remains should be exhumed and reburied at the national heroes’ shrine in the capital city, rekindling a row over the late former leader’s resting place.
In the traditional court’s ruling, Chinhoyi Magistrates Court rejected an appeal by Mugabe’s children that the traditional court’s ruling should be ignored.
According to Mugabe Family laywer Fungai Chimwamurombe, The latte’s three children had challenged the exhumation ruling made by the traditional chief of the Zvimba area, Mugabe’s rural home.
The Chief Stanley Wurayayi Mhondoro ruled in May that Mugabe’s widow, Grace, had violated traditional customs by organizing Mugabe’s burial in the family home compound. He also fined Grace five cows and a goat for not carrying out the burial properly.
Mugabe’s three children, who did not attend the chief’s court hearing, appealed the ruling in June.
Mugabe’s body is unlikely to be moved quickly as the case is likely to remain in the courts for a long time, said the lawyer.
In May, a traditional chief from Mugabe’s rural Zvimba area also ordered that his remains be interred at the shrine in Harare, where the ruling elite and former fighters in Zimbabwe’s 1970s independence war are buried.
Mugabe’s relatives also oppose his reburial at National Heroes Acre, saying the man who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted in an army coup had expressed fears before his death that some of those who overthrew him would seek to conduct a traditional ritual with some of his body parts.
However, Chimwamurombe said that Mugabe’s wife had separately sought a review of the chief’s ruling and the case will be heard in Chinhoyi on Sept. 21.