The family of the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has barred some top government and ZANU PF officials from attending his funeral.
Zim Live, a local publication reports that Zanu PF chairperson and defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and the party’s political commissar and deputy defence minister Victor Matemadanda were told that they were not welcome.
The decision is said to have been reached at by the inner core of the Mugabe family, the Karigamombe clan, during an emotional family meeting held at Kutama in Zvimba district on Friday, hours after Mugabe’s death at a Singapore hospital was announced.
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The Karigamombe clan is also expected to announce soon where he will be buried. Reports suggest that Mugabe had before his death snubbed the National Heroes Acre merely because he does not want his funeral presided over by his longtime apprentice and successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Speaking to Zim Live, an unnamed family source reportedly said:
People were very emotional. There was a lot of anger that Albert and Walter were refused their passports to go and visit their uncle in his final days.
There was also a lot of anger towards some Zanu PF officials who said a lot of awful things about Mugabe when he was alive but will now take centre stage assuming charge of his funeral.
Matemadanda and Muchinguri, in particular, will not be welcomed, they said some unretractable things and their presence can only add insult to injury.
Matemadanda and Muchinguri led a number of ZANU PF officials who have been stripping Mugabe of several of his honours including the title “CDE” which signifies inclusion in the party.
They also said that Mugabe would not be buried at the National Heroes Acre since he was a sellout.