Mukanya doesn't want to be buried at Heroes Acre

Mukanya doesn't want to be buried at Heroes Acre
Published: 17 September 2019 (285 Views)
DECORATED Chimurenga musician Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo says he would not want to be buried at the National Heroes Acre as it has lost its significance.

Mapfumo was speaking with an international online radio station on Mugabe's death and burial. Mugabe died at a private hospital in Singapore on September 6 and is still to be buried.

"I wouldn't want to be buried at the National Heroes Acre because I have no relative there and I also don't know what the heroes acre means. I want to be buried close to my relatives," he said.

The controversial dreadlocked musician said it was justified for Mugabe to refuse to be buried at the National Heroes Acre.

"The current government is the same government which removed him from power, expelled him from the party with some even making claims that he would not be buried at the National Heroes Acre, so that explains why he could have said that he wants to be buried at his home in Zvimba near his mother.

"Everyone wishes to be buried at their home closer to their relatives rather than with strangers," he said.
Mapfumo said it is up to God to judge Mugabe and his works.

The outspoken singer, who went into self-exile in the United States of America in the late 1990s alleging persecution by Mugabe's government, said it is not for us on earth to judge because a person is judged by his own actions in heaven.
"We might quarrel here on earth, but ultimately we don't have the power to judge because we are not God.

"The things that we were all criticising him (Mugabe) for; including the wealth he accumulated, he didn't take any of it with him and so it is up to God to judge him and his works," Mapfumo said.

And he says he is not bitter with Mugabe, whom he claims forced him into self-imposed exile because of his music, which criticised the then government.

Mapfumo condemned the way in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into power, saying that it was a rushed decision which has derailed the country's economic recovery.

"The establishment of the new government after Mugabe was not done appropriately. There should have been an interim government to unite everyone and work towards building the nation before having elections," he said.

He added that institutions like the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe National Army needed to reform and to be non-partisan.

"The problem in our country is that the police and the army belong to a political party. This is why we have incidents where they are sent to beat up people when they are attempting to demonstrate against government," he said.

Mapfumo said violence would not solve the country's problems.

"Today we are called a poor nation but when we came from the war of liberation everything was in order. The money was there.

Some of us had money, but today people are laughing at me saying I no longer have money, well my money was eroded by inflation because I used to deposit my money in the bank, but one day I woke up to be told that there is no money anymore.

"So who is going to give me back that money?" he asked.

- dailynews

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