The family of the late former president Robert Mugabe has thanked President Mnangagwa for allowing them to honour the death wish of their own. The gratitude remarks came during the family spokesperson Walter Chidhakwa’s vote of thanks speech. Mr Chidhakwa said:
We want to thank President Mnangagwa and Government. The journey that we have travelled with the late Cde Mugabe has not been easy. It was full of pain. Amai (Mugabe) used to say she wants to take baba for medical check-ups in Singapore and we would approach President Mnangagwa. In no time he would assist us with travel arrangements before we return. But in the last visit, baba did not return as his condition deteriorated, leading to his death. President Mnangagwa sent a plane together with Vice-President (Kembo Mohadi) and he received us at the airport
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The President then assisted us with transport, food and other logistics before conferring baba a national hero. We thank President Mnangagwa because since the death of baba, he said he will let the family decide on the funeral and burial arrangements. But it is not the family that decided, VaMugabe is the one who said he wanted to be buried here at his home. We simply followed his wish and we are happy President Mnangagwa has also granted him that wish
The former president was buried at his rural home at a special site constructed in his courtyard despite the government constructing a mausoleum for him. The burial was a private event with only Mary Mliswa Chikoka the only notable government official at the burial according to Sunday News.
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