A Zimbabwean court has shockingly ruled that former Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe’s remains should be exhumed and reburied at the national heroes’ shrine in Harare.
Mugabe died in September 2019 and was buried next to his mother Bona Mugabe’s grave at his rural home in Kutama.
According to his family, it was always the former president’s wish to be buried next to mother.
However, in May, a traditional chief from Mugabe’s rural Zvimba area ordered that his remains be interred at the shrine in Harare, where the ruling elite and former fighters in Zimbabwe’s 1970s independence war are buried.
Three of Mugabe’s children challenged the traditional chief’s order for his body to be exhumed and reburied, arguing that traditional Chief Zvimba acted outside his jurisdiction when he approached a village court to hold a hearing into Mugabe’s burial.
But in a ruling delivered on Friday, September 10, the higher court reaffirmed the ruling of the traditional court and directed that Mugabe’s body be exhumed.