According to a ruling by a traditional court released on Monday, the body of Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe who passed away in 2019 must be exhumed and reburied at the country’s national heroes’ shrine by July 1.
A traditional chief said he had received a complaint from members of Mugabe’s clan, accusing the late leader’s wife of breaking local custom by burying him at his rural home in 2019.
The decision was made in the absence of the former president’s widow, Grace Mugabe, who is currently in Singapore.
In his ruling, Chief Stanly Wurayayi Mhondoro ordered the former first lady to gather clothes and all of Robert Mugabe’s belongings and surrender them on or before the 1st of July.
She received a fine of five cattle and two goats to cover the costs of a cleansing ceremony, and has been ordered to provide compensation to the workers who would be tasked with exhuming and reburying the remains of her husband.
Mugabe died on September 6, 2019 at the age of 95.