The state was Wednesday forced to abandon the burial of slain Moreblessing Ali’s mutilated remains after her children and other family members protested the move.
Ali who was a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist, was killed between May and June this year following her abduction in her Nyatsime home area on May 24.
Her remains were set for a pauper’s burial this Wednesday at a Mabvuku cemetery in Harare, according to ZimLive.
Her children – Nyasha and Silence Ali protested being sidelined from the process after they were notified just nine hours from the time that had been set for their late mother’s burial.
The pauper’s burial was set to take place in the early hours of Wednesday fronted by a family faction that was agreeable to the process.
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Nyasha told ZimLive that she was relieved that the burial did not go on. Said Nyasha:
They have abandoned their plan to bury our mother without our consent as children.
I’m relieved it did not go according to their plan because a lot of relatives were angry and protested against such inhumane act.
They took the body and we don’t know where the body was since Monday. We are not even sure if it’s the body of our mother and they just added that we will do paperwork as early as possible.
It is alleged that Ali’s burial was to be convened for just 20 people including suspected state agents.
Her murder triggered violent clashes between Zanu PF and CCC supporters during her funeral wake in June.
Ali’s lawyer, Job Sikhala, was arrested during the clashes and accused of inciting public violence which erupted on 14 June and he remains behind bars.