In an interview with NewsDay, the late Cephas Msipa‘s son Douglas said he was devastated by the decision to bury his father at the National Heroes Acre since his father’s last wish was to be buried next to his wife Charlotte, at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by officials from the Home Affairs ministry and three of Msipa’s sons based in Harare – Cephas Jnr, Chris and Elijah.
Speaking to NewsDay, Douglas Msipa said,
I am devastated by the decision. The family and the people of Midlands will also be devastated. It is not what we had expected as a family, as most people are aware of his wish.
Joram Gumbo also confirmed Msipa’s request to be buried next to his wife,
What Douglas told you is true. He (the late Msipa) told me, as a cousin, in the presence of the whole family. He called me on this year’s National Heroes’ Day commemorations and said to me: ‘Do you know why we left this space? This is the grave that I want to be buried in, next to my dear wife’. He was so much in love with his wife. That is why he requested that.