Defense Minister and Deputy Minister have been asked by the family of the deceased Mugabe not to attend their relative’s funeral.
The matter came to light when Matemadanda responded to the request by saying he can’t be barred from attending the funeral. Matemadanda was addressing Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches in Bulawayo when he said:
For as long as the family has agreed that Cde Mugabe is a national hero, they can’t stop me because Government protocol allows me to attend the funeral. They don’t know what they’re talking about. I will not join a fight over a dead man. Where I come from we don’t brag over the dead but we mourn them.
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I don’t know what the elders in Cde Mugabe’s community in Zvimba say about this. But this person whose funeral they’re refusing to let me attend forgave the people who jailed and tortured him during the liberation struggle. For those who may not know, when I started resisting what our leader was doing, I did not just do it. We actually spoke about it. Unfortunately he’s gone and he’s not here to testify.I booked an appointment with him and I told him that I was not in agreement with some of the things he was doing. We spoke at length.
I worked under Cde Mugabe for a long time and people who are saying I should not attend his funeral don’t know when I started working with him. Although I was low in the party, I worked with Cde Mugabe at critical stages of the revolution where they didn’t come themselves to defend their own. We could not by principle allow him free rein when we knew that we had not agreed on some of the things that were now happening in the party
The reason why the 2 have been barred from attending the ZANU PF founding father’s funeral is still to be known.
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