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Grace summoned over ‘inappropriate’ burial of Mugabe’s remains

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Former first lady Grace Mugabe has been summoned by a traditional court in Zimbabwe to answer to charges of “inappropriately” burying former president Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe was buried at his homestead in Zvimba, a few kilometres from the capital Harare, where his family said was a way of respecting his deathbed wish, which was not to be buried at a shrine reserved for the heroes of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation war.

He reportedly said he did not want President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to preside over his funeral because of the manner in which they removed him from office.

Two years after his burial, the traditional court, through Chief Zvimba, now wants Mrs Mugabe to exhume the body for reburial at a family grave site where his mother, Bona, was buried.

 Chief Zvimba has ordered Mrs. Mugabe to appear before his traditional court next Thursday though the former first lady is said to be in Singapore.

“You are facing charges of burying the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe at his homestead,” reads the summons from the chief dated April 21, 2021.

“This is unheard of in Chief Zvimba’s area. At the same time, you are accused of abandoning Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s property, which is scattered nationwide. All properties of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe are supposed to be kept at his homestead and handled in line with our traditions.

“I want you to rebury the late president in accordance with our traditions and in Zvimba at a place designated by the family and his late mother. These charges you are facing attract a fine of two cattle and a goat,” the chief said in his letter.

The chief said if Ms Mugabe fails to attend the hearing they will “proceed with the case and make an appropriate ruling if you don’t attend the village without seeking attention”.

  She faces a fine of two cattle and a goat if she fails to honour the chief’s summons.

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