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Mugabe Exhumation And Reburial: Children Maintain The Order Was Illegal

Mugabe Exhumation And Reburial: Children Maintain The Order Was Illegal

The children of Zimbabwe’s late founding leader, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, have maintained that the traditional leaders who ordered the exhumation of their father’s remains for reburial have no legal right to do so.

This emerged during the hearing of a matter in which Mugabe’s children are challenging their village head over their father’s reburial.

The village head Tinos Manongovere, filed a complaint before Chief Zvimba last year that Mugabe was “improperly” buried in a courtyard.

Chief Zvimba sanctioned the exhumation of the late veteran leader and reburial at the National Heroes Acre in Harare and also fined Grace, Mugabe’s widow for contempt of court and incorrectly burying her husband.

The matter was referred to the Magistrate Court where Chinhoyi magistrate Ruth Moyo allowed the exhumation to be conducted saying Mugabe’s children had no locus standi (right) to appeal against their father’s reburial.

The children – Bona Mugabe-Chikore and her siblings, Bellarmine Chatunga and Robert Junior – appealed the ruling against the magistrate and also challenged the chief’s decision at the traditional court.

In the latest development, High court judge, Justice Ammy Tsanga reserved her judgment in the case.

The judge also reserved her judgement in the submissions by Manongovere’s lawyer that their appeal is fatally defective because it does not comply with the rules of the magistrate’s court.

Mugabe’s children, on Thursday, argued that no one except them has the authority over their father’s grave, warning that anyone who would tamper with it will be committing a criminal offence as outlined in the Burial Act. Their lawyer Zhuwarara argued:

Section 26 of the Burial Act says it is criminal to interfere with a grave, so it is important that Moyo deals with this matter because her court has jurisdiction. She has to rehear the matter and determine if the respondent was entitled to order the exhumation of Mugabe.

According to the said section, anyone who wilfully destroys or causes to be done any damage, defacement or disfigurement to any monument, vault, tombstone or grave whether within or without a cemetery shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.

However, Pardon Nhokwara representing Manongovere argued that Grace should have appealed against the decision and not her children.

Grace last year also filed a High Court application challenging the reburial of her husband insisting that her children have authority to appeal against their father’s reburial.

Mugabe died in Singapore on September 6, 2019, while receiving medical treatment at a private hospital. He was buried in a family courtyard at Kutama in Zvimba, his rural home.

This was after several attempts by senior government officials to have him interred at the National Heroes Acre where other late nationalists are buried.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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28 Comments

Zelensky 3 months ago

if mugabe is buried in Heroes .What do we benefit as nation


Zelensky 3 months ago

if mugabe is buried in Heroes .What do we benefit as nation


Zelensky 3 months ago

if mugabe is buried in Heroes .What do we benefit as nation


Zelensky 3 months ago

if mugabe is buried in Heroes .What do we benefit as nation


Zelensky 3 months ago

if mugabe is buried in Heroes .What do we benefit as nation


Game Changer 3 months ago

Former President the late Gushungo made forceful burials of two people i can recollect who had made their will not to be buried at the national shrine; the late Midlands governor and ZIPRA supremo Cephas Msipa and former ZANU PF S.G, Minister and founder of ZUM Edgar Tekere. In making his case for overriding their death wishes, Bob opined that the dead cannot make a decision but the living do so on their behalf. He went on to say that it would be a travesty of liberation war bond and a betrayal to their colleagues lying on the hill near Warren Park. The same should also apply to Bob, he buried many a hero and heroines at Heroes Acre, speechfying over their dead bodies. He should also be there. His mausoleum is already under construction


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Big Ronnie 3 months ago

Ko sei Cde Chinx vasina kuitwa National Hero?


Sir tindo 3 months ago

Ummm ko vadii vati mutukudzi why mugabe


Lamar 3 months ago

siyanai naGabrial uyu


Sasha 3 months ago

Marituals aya makambozvionepi, Masatanists vave kuda kupira midzimu nezvitunha nxaaaa

LaSilva@ KC 3 months ago

True , they're the ones who established a law which prosecuted those who temper with the deceased , so why are trying to exhume the late RG Mugabe ..let the law be the law

matrix 3 months ago

🙈🙉 see no evil, hear no evil , do no evil. mi done


Zvagarazviriko 3 months ago

True musiyei azorore murugare iwo mabhonzo aya adiiko


Seh Calaz @mabhanditi 3 months ago

Aiisa vamwe vake paheroes acre zveginya ngaaiswewo ipapo zveginya.
He is the main culprit behind all this mess


Chikanda 3 months ago

Ini hangu ndinoti dai vasiyana nekamdara aka kanogona kumuka kakadzokera pachigaro totangazve nhamo iya tinokuvara vakomana kkkkkkkkk 🤩🤩🤩🤩


Ini zvangu 3 months ago

kkk Nyika inotongwa nechipoko cha Bob panenge pakaipa.

SWAT 3 months ago

Tsvimbo. Induku


Shadows 3 months ago

Mugabe akaisa vamwe paheroes acre vasingatodiiwo. Ska ngaende pagomo ipapo. Kkklk anorohwa ipapo nevaripo. Is it true kuti kwazvimba ndookwaakavigwa????? .kunyepa muchazviona


BhUru 3 months ago

Nhaimi ko mabhonzoayo muchamadii... Msatambisa mari nyika isina kumira zvakanaka kudai.. Ndipei mari yamurikuda kushandisa ktakura mabhonzo iwayo ndinwe hwahwa


BhUru 3 months ago

Nhaimi ko mabhonzoayo muchamadii... Msatambisa mari nyika isina kumira zvakanaka kudai.. Ndipei mari yamurikuda kushandisa ktakura mabhonzo iwayo ndinwe hwahwa


JARAVAZA 3 months ago

Ndizvo zvinonetsera vanhu vemishonga. Kufunga kuti ukatora makodo ake wogadzirwa kuti utyiwe. Aaaaaah! Ndochii ichocho? Siyai arare hake. Makamuszinga nhasi mavakuda good for nothing. Siyai azorore hake


Mutadza 3 months ago

Who is the force behind this sabhuku


Chichi 3 months ago

Ndozvaakareva musiyei azorore,tsvee zvezhara yapinda munyika imika imii


Mark 3 months ago

If they showed this much energy in developing our communities rather than dead bodies then maybe we'd be somewhere else by now


Purse 3 months ago

Nhaimi chii Bobo hatichamudetamubvida azvifira hake Tek Tek nemabonzo ake asi chii nhai


Jinx 3 months ago

Zvichiri nebasa rei izvi....he died, it's done. Kwaiswa the remains kune basa rei


gandanga 3 months ago

regai mudhara azorore


Keyboard warrior 3 months ago

you can say that again. I really don't understand why they're squabbling over where he should have been buried. let the man rest in peace mhani


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