Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe buried in a steel coffin as family claims people are ‘after his body’

Zimbabwean revolutionary , Robert Mugabe, weird burial in a steel-lined coffin underneath a layer of concrete on Saturday, September 28th, mark the final rest place for the former president.

His eldest nephew, Leo Mugabe, who played a central role in the prolonged burial drama, said 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 told a local radio station.

Twenty-two days after he died, the physique of the strongman was lastly buried subsequent to his residence with second spouse Grace Mugabe in Zvimba, the village of his delivery, 55 miles north west of Harare.

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Mrs Mugabe, 54, draped in heavy black lace for more than three weeks, had made it clear to all who would listen that President Mnangagwa and his loyalists were not welcome at the burial.

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.

With the wave of numerous conflicting claims over his needs, the coffin was lowered into the bottom in a personal ceremony near the residence which Grace Mugabe had constructed after their marriage, concrete was laid down round it.

The official funeral service for Mugabe, attended by 11 African heads of state, was held two weeks in the past in a half empty stadium in Harare.

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The President who served from 1980 to 2017, presided over the country’s economic collapse and was forced to resign in November 2017 in the wake of a military takeover. The former guerilla leader died of prostate cancer.

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his 37-year rule.