Oct 23, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Grace Mugabe challenges Zimbabwe order to exhume husband’s body

Grace Mugabe, the widow of longtime former ruler of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has challenged an injunction to exhume her husband’s remains for reburial in a national shrine. The rural hometown of Kutama, about 90 kilometers west of the capital Harare, in September 2019 after weeks of fighting over his final resting place.

His family had spoken out against the government’s plans to bury him with the national heroes. Acre in Harare, where construction of a special mausoleum for him began.

But in May a traditional leader fined Grace Mugabe five cows and two goats for improperly burying Mugabe and ordered his Exhumation and reburial in Harare.

Mugabe’s children then appealed the boss’s orders – but a district court upheld the order last month, saying the ex-president’s children had no legal authority to to challenge her father’s exhumation.

That prompted Grace Mugabe to take on the lawsuit.

Papers on Monday showed the widow said on appeal to the High Court, the order of the Magistrate to uphold traditional chief’s orders is “grossly irregular and unreasonable”.

Robert Mugabe died on September 6, 2019 at the age of 95 in a Singapore hospital, almost two years after earning a Mil itärputsch had ended his autocratic 37-year rule.

The government wanted him to be buried on the acre of national heroes. which is reserved for heroes of the liberation struggle against colonial rule.

But Mugabe’s family said that he had told them before his death that he did not want to be buried in the shrine, which is also a tourist page? ˅.