A Zimbabwean chief, who accused the late Mugabe's wife of breaking the local custom by interring Mugabe at his rural home in 2019, has ordered for the remains of Robert Mugabe to be exhumed and buried at the national heroes shrine in Harare.
Mugabe was laid to rest at his village of Katuma after disputes with Emerson's government over his final resting place.
The chief said that he received a grievance from Mugabe's member of clan over the way his burial was carried out.
A village court presided over by the chief of Zvimba last Thursday found Grace Mugabe guilty of breaking traditional norm by burrying her husband in his home. The former first lady who did not attend the hearing was fined five cows and a goat.
"I give powers to those who are permitted by law to exhume the late Robert Mugabe's remains from Katuma and rebury them at the National Heroes Acre in Harare," said the ruling.
Mugabe's family spokesperson Leo Mugabe immediately rejected the ruling."He (chief) has no jurisdiction over Katuma. And even if the correct chief had made that ruling we would have appealed to the court," Leo Mugabe told Reuters.
Zimbabwean chiefs have powers over their subjects but rarely order for families to exhume bodies.
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