KUTAMA (ZIMBABUE), Sep 28 (Reuters / EP) –
The remains of the historic Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe have finally been buried in his native village, Kutama, on Saturday, ending the dispute between the former president's family and the Government.
Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, from his independence in 1980 and until he left power, in 2017, an era idealized by his followers who consider him a hero of independence and reviled by others who criticize the catastrophic economic heritage and repression of dissent
He died on September 6 at a hospital in Singapore at 95 years of age and now his relatives did not want his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who forced his exit from power in November 2017, to preside over the funeral.
On Saturday after a Catholic mass and the interventions of relatives Mugabe's body was buried in the garden of his house without the pomp and ostentation that is reserved for national heroes. His wife, Grace, their children and other close relatives, government representatives and the media attended the event.
The coffin was lowered by the excavated hole while Grace, covered with a black veil, watched accompanied by her sister and her children between tears rinsed in a white handkerchief.
Mugabe's relatives intervened to remember that the former president's last wish was to be buried in Kutama, and not in the National Heroes Monument of the capital, as Mnangagwa intended.
“There may be some who think that the family has done something that was not appropriate or according to the ideas of our party, the ZANU-PF (National African Union of Zimbabwe – Patriotic Front), or the Government. We just say that we give them the thanks to Mr. Mnangagwa for accepting that our father's will be fulfilled. It might not be what you expected because you wanted it to be the Monument, but what we have done was the will of our father, “said a spokesman for the Mugabe family Walter Chidhakwa
Mnangagwa himself has not participated in the burial, culmination of wake-up weeks in which the family has jealously guarded the body for Mugabe's fear that his political rivals would perform some kind of ritual with his remains, a nephew has reported from Mugabe, Leo Mugabe.
A spokesman for ZANU-PF, Simon Khaya Moyo, said the decision to bury Mugabe in Kutama “has not been the most fortunate.” “We respect the wishes of the families of the fallen heroes, and therefore we are sad that there are maneuvers that border the political ruse in an issue that affects an icon of our illustrious liberation,” he argued.
In recent months, the former leader remained long periods of hospitalized in Singapore. For years there has been speculation about the possibility of suffering from prostate cancer, which is why he made periodic trips to a hospital in the Asian country.