Lukewarm reception for Mugabe's body

 Lukewarm reception for Mugabe's body
Published: 17 September 2019 (217 Views)
THE body of the late former president Robert Mugabe arrived at his home village of Kutama yesterday, where it surprisingly got a subdued reception compared to the wild scenes witnessed at Rufaro Stadium in Harare last week.

At the same time, Mugabe's family announced that his body would be dried up before his burial at the National Heroes Acre in about three weeks' time.

This comes as the late liberation stalwart's family has ignited controversy after it demanded that he be buried in a mausoleum - a special structure that will house his tomb - at the national shrine.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mugabe family spokesperson, Leo, said his uncle's body would be preserved until his eventual burial.

"Either they will dry it completely or use chemicals to dry it. The body is going to be preserved in a mortuary, but I cannot say where. The family will tonight (last night) also decide whether to mummify the body or not.

"Tomorrow (today) there will be a church service and, thereafter, the body will be taken back to Harare for preservation," he said.
Before the arrival of Mugabe's remains at his homestead, rituals were performed as Mbira instruments were played - with some people falling into trances.

The crowds which attended the subdued public body viewing looked weary and largely disinterested, with the VVIP tent half empty.

From the military chopper, Mugabe's body passed by the family graveyard where his mother and siblings are buried, before being taken to Murombedzi Growth Point.

It was later taken back to his homestead, where elders from the Mugabe family were scheduled to meet last night to deliberate on the way forward.

Mugabe was due to be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday, but this has been delayed by up to 30 days, to allow for the construction of the controversial mausoleum.

When he died at the top-notch Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore on September 6, there was massive confusion about where one of Africa's most prominent sons would be buried - as both his family and the government kept giving conflicting statements on the issue.

The matter reached farcical levels last week when Mugabe's family members sharply contradicted themselves on where he would be buried - amid indications that some of them were pushing for his burial away from the national shrine.

The chaotic funeral arrangements were further blighted by a seemingly excessive observance of supernatural beliefs - with his family refusing to let his casket out of their sight, amid apparent fears that it could be used for ritual purposes by some of his former Zanu-PF rivals. 


- dailynews

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