The late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwawo has revealed that Grace Mugabe is not feeling well and is receiving treatment in Singapore, therefore, can not appear before Chief Zvimba over late husband’s exhumation.
The news was made public by his nephew Patrick Zhuwawo, who accused the Zimbabwean leaders of pushing a political agenda against Mugabe’s family.
Zhuwawo made the remarks during an interview with a South African television station on Wednesday, May 12.
“He knows very well that Amai Mugabe is not well, she is out of the country. He knows that she is receiving treatment,” Zhuwawo said.
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According to the exiled former minister, his aunt is receiving treatment in Singapore and cannot appear before the committee that summoned her over her husband’s burial.
“He knows very well that she will not be able to attend,” he said.
“Yet he sent one of his officers to be the head of the delegation that went to deliver the summons to someone that they know very, very well, will not be available,” he added.
A traditional court had summoned the former first lady to answer to charges of inappropriately burying the former head of state at his homestead.
A chief had also asked the widow to exhume the body for reburial at a family gravesite where his mother, Bona, was buried.
Mugabe died in Singapore in 2019 at the age of 95, nearly two years after being deposed in a military coup after governing Zimbabwe for 37 years.
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His family said they decided to honour his deathbed wish not to be buried at a shrine dedicated to Zimbabwe’s liberation war heroes in the 1970s.
He was, therefore, buried at his homestead in Zvimba, a few kilometres from the capital Harare.
Two years after Mugabe was buried, the fight over his remains is still raging.