One of the greatest leaders in Africa has finally been laid to rest. The man Robert Mugabe who passed early last month is believed to have been buried in a steel coffin encased in concrete.
According to reports, he was buried in a steel-lined coffin under a layer of concrete on Saturday, September 28th following what many describe as a bitter dispute over his resting place between government officials, traditional leaders, and family members.
He was finally buried next to his home in Kutama, Zvimba, the village of his birth, which 55 miles northwest of the capital, Harare.
His eldest nephew whose name was given Leo Mugabe, who played a central role in the prolonged burial drama stated the coffin which brought his embalmed body to Harare from Singapore had to be changed for security reasons.
“People really are after his body or his body parts, so we wanted something that is tamper-proof. That is why the casket was changed,” he said in a recent interview.
His coffin was lowered into the ground in a private ceremony close to the home which his wife, Grace Mugabe had built after their marriage, concrete was then laid down around it.
His family claimed that this was the burial place he had ultimately wanted and had spoken of in the last six months of his life in Singapore, angry that he had been ousted from power two years ago by his long-time ally, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mrs. Mugabe who was spotted in heavy black lace had made it clear to all who would listen that President Mnangagwa and his loyalists were not welcome at the burial.
She was reported to have said that had he been buried at Heroes Acre, the burial ground commissioned by her late husband and the resting place preferred by the government, she would not have been able to prevent their attendance.