Grace Mugabe summoned over Robert Mugabe burial place, chief wants him exhumed

Grace Mugabe, the widow of Zimbabwe's longtime former ruler Robert Mugabe, has challenged a court order to exhume her husband's remains .AP]

Former Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has been accused by a Zimbabwean chief of inappropriately burying late President Robert Mugabe at the family’s homestead, and has called for her to appear before a village court to face charges.

A casket carrying the remains of Robert Mugabe is brought to lie in state at the at Rufaro stadium, in Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

She has also been instructed to exhume the remains of the late former president so they can be reburied at a gravesite next to his mother Bona.

In the letter, Chief Zvimba says, “You are facing charges of burying the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe at his homestead. This is unheard of in Chief Zvimba’s area. At the same time, you are accused of abandoning Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s property which is scattered nationwide.”

“All properties of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe are supposed to be kept at his homestead and handled in line with our traditions. I want you to rebury the late president in accordance with our traditions and in Zvimba at a place designated by the family and his late mother. These charges you are facing attract a fine of five cattle and a goat,” added Zvimba in the letter.

He also ordered Grace to attend the village court next week on Thursday at Gonzo Guzha Hall in Murombedzi Growth Point at 9:30am.

Robert Mugabe died on 6th September 2019 in Singapore.

(With input from Agencies)