Mugabe’s nephew, Dominic Matibiri, told NewsDay Weekender that the wall was meant to protect the late national hero’s remains from being tampered with by his former colleagues in ZANU PF. Said Matibiri:
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Since we buried our father there, a precast wall is a security measure to prevent his enemies from tampering around with his remains, considering that he was no longer a Zanu PF member.
Mugabe died on 6 September this year in Singapore where he had been receiving treatment for cancer.
His remains were initially set to be buried at the National Heroes Acre where a mausoleum was set to be constructed for his burial, but his widow, Grace, demanded that the burial take place in Zvimba.