In our arrangement of letters from African authors, writer turned-counselor Brian Hungwe composes that numerous Zimbabweans have been stunned to discover that ex-President Robert Mugabe’s widow had been remaining with his body at home in front of his internment at his country home later on Saturday.

How would you eat, rest and drink with a carcass in your home for a considerable length of time?

That question has been perplexing numerous Zimbabweans since it developed that the group of previous President Robert Mugabe – who kicked the bucket over three weeks back (on 6 September) at 95 years old – is being kept inside his extravagant Blue Roof chateau in the capital, Harare, in the midst of contact between the administration and his family about whether he ought to be covered in a holy place at Heroes Acre or in his home district of Zvimba north-west of the capital, Harare.

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Mugabe’s pine box was put in plain view in his home locale

With no official declaration of where his body was, a few Zimbabweans thought it was being kept in a morgue while others ventured to guess that Mugabe – as the beneficiary to the chieftainship of Zvimba, his rustic home – had just been covered in a collapse agreement with the customs of his Gushungo group, following his state memorial service in Harare and the grieving and body-seeing in Zvimba.

However, photographs of Mugabe’s coffin at his house rose on Monday (23 September) when South Africa’s torch restriction government official Julius Malema came to offer his regards to Grace Mugabe, the previous first woman whose aspirations to succeed him as president were ruined when her better half was constrained out of office in 2017 by the military.

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We visited Mama Grace Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe today to offer our sympathies and to by and by express gratitude toward her for caring for President Robert Mugabe until the latest possible time. We saw the body of the genuine Pan Africanist. #Gushungu #EFFAtBlueRoof

— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 23, 2019


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“Mr Mugabe was dozing simple… simply resting gently. He is resting,” Mrs Mugabe stated, during Mr Malema’s visit.

This was trailed by the survey of the body, and a rich lunch of pie and vegetables over the room from the carcass.

A few Zimbabweans are presently drawing correlations with customs in Indonesia’s Tana Toraja district, where it sets aside a long effort to cover the dead.

The carcass is kept in the house. The dispossessed wash and clean it. They bring it nourishment two times every day, just as espresso and even cigarettes.

It is a route for the living to manage sorrow. Individuals accept the dead can hear them, and in the event that they don’t deal with the dead, the soul – floating over their heads – will frequent them.



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