Following the death of a Chief, the family of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said that his bitter spirit is fighting from the grave and that those who allegedly agitated for Robert Mugabe’s exhumation and reburial are not feeling well.
Mugabe died in September 2019, and his remains were interred at his rural home in Kutama, Zvimba, after his family expressed a preference for him to be laid to rest there.
This sparked a confrontation with a group of Chiefs who questioned the judgment. Chief Zvimba had instructed Mugabe’s widow, Grace Mugabe, to have the former statesman’s bones removed and reburied in Harare.
Chief Beperere, born Alfred Tome, who died last month at the hands of Covid-19, backed Zvimba on the order. Following Chief Beperere’s death, however, the family says he was a victim of Mugabe’s vindictive spirit.
Beperere’s son Edward, who was the Zvimba chiefs’ spokesperson when they met President Emmerson Mnangagwa in September last year, is now allegedly suffering from an undisclosed illness.
One of Edward’s sons is also said to be ill, and Chief Zvimba and Chidziva are said to be bedridden. Tinos Manongovere, the headman who took Grace Mugabe to the traditional court demanding Mugabe’s burial, blamed Chief Zvimba’s woes on old age.
“There is nothing amiss about his ill health.
“Remember he is advanced in age. At more than 80 years old you can’t expect him to be running up and down like a teenager.”
However a member of Mugabe’s family, Dominic Matibiri maintained that the former President’s spirit is “settling issues with the living”.
“The spirit of the departed has a way of settling issues with the living.
“As Mugabe family, we will not mourn Chief Beperere with others because we feel that he was being punished by the avenging spirit for taking part in the ex- humation judgement.”