Covid-19 Claims Chief Who Called For Mugabe’s Reburial
Chief Beperere who was spearheading the reburial of the late former President Robert Mugabe’s remains has succumbed to Covid-19, iHarare has learnt.
Chief Beperere, born Alfred Tome, was laid to rest on Wednesday at Chepstow Farm in Raffingora, VOA understands.
Reports say some of his subjects are claiming that the Mugabe ancestral spirits were angered by calls for the exhumation of his body from the family homestead in Zvimba communal lands.
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Marian Chombo has since paid tribute to Chief Beperere.
The Deputy minister said the late chief was admitted at a Harare hospital for only two days after developing Covid-19 complications.
“Zvimba community is in a shock after the chief passed on. He was ill for only two days … We have lost a people’s chief who wanted all his subjects to be united despite political affiliation and encouraged new farmers to utilize land allocated to them under the land reform program,” said Chombo.
Chief Beperere reportedly backed Chief Zvimba’s judgment that Mugabe’s remains be exhumed and reburied in Harare.
Meanwhile, Mugabe family has since appealed against the chief’s judgment.
Mugabe family member, Dominic Matibiri said:
“As Mugabe family, we will not mourn Chief Beperere with others because we feel that he was punished by the avenging spirit for taking part in the exhumation calls. Chief Beperere was Mugabe’s chief and should have presided over the matter but decided to trick us by taking the matter to Chief Zvimba. This is a great anomaly,” said Matibiri.
Former First Lady Grace Mugabe was ordered to pay some goats and cattle for burying Mugabe at his homestead instead of a family place designated by elders.
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