In what is a very African attitude now being played out much to the attention of the entire world, a government is fighting a family over the corpse of their deceased son, father and husband.
The passing of Robert Mugabe also opened old wounds in what was how he was unceremoniously removed from office.
With him dead now, the current Zimbabwean government is doing all it can to save face and give him a hero’s burial in the way they think best befits him.
Meanwhile, Mugabe reportedly had his own wishes on where he preferred to be interred.
With a tussle between the family who wants to respect the wishes of Mugabe and a government, who wants to save face ongoing, the family has released a statement.
Read the family’s statement in its entirety below:
Statement by the immediate family of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe on the absence of consultation on the programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe issued on 12th September 2019.
“We note with extreme concern the manner with which the Government of Zimbabwe has developed the Programme for the Funeral of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe without consulting his immediate family who was tasked with communicating his last wishes in regard to his funeral and burial.
As his immediate family, we have also observed with a shock that the Government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe which is contrary to his wishes on how he wished to have his mortal remains interred.
As the immediate family of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe, we are ready and willing to work with the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe which is in conformance to his wishes on how his mortal remains will be interred.
One of the wishes that the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe indicated was that his wife, Dr Grace Mugabe, MUST NEVER leave the casket bearing his remains for the duration of the funeral proceedings whilst in Zimbabwe up until his mortal remains have been interred.
To that end, we confirm that Honourable Walter Chidakwa may communicate our position with relevant authorities to ensure that we develop a programme that conforms to the wishes of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
We have also tasked Honourable Patrick Zhuwao to disseminate this statement.
This is so sad and very African. We shun the living and fight over the dead.
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