Robert Mugabe Reburial Latest: High Court Rules In Favour Of His Kids


The High Court on Thursday ruled that the late former President Robert Mugabe’s children who are challenging the exhumation of their father’s remains for re-burial at the National Heroes Acre have the authority to be part of the court proceedings.

Chinhoyi magistrate Ruth Moyo had ruled that Mugabe’s children had no right to appeal against a judgment handed by the traditional court against their mother, Grace.

Bona Mutsahuni, Tinotenda and Bellarmine were challenging the exhumation of Mugabe’s remains and confiscation of their livestock as ordered by Chief Zvimba, Stanley Mhondoro.

New Zimbabwe reports that in the judgement, Justices Amy Tsanga and Fatima Maxwell said in the context of customary law, the court finds no absurdity in allowing any person aggrieved by a decision of a community court to appeal against it, even though the aggrieved person was not a party in proceedings before the community court.

“The court below erred in restricting the right of appeal to persons who were parties in proceedings before the community court. On the basis of the above, the first and second grounds of appeal succeed.

The appeal be and is hereby allowed with costs. The judgment of the court a quo is set aside and is substituted as follows, the first preliminary point be and is hereby dismissed and costs be in the cause.

The judges also referred the matter back to Chinhoyi Magistrates Court for the continuation of the hearing.

Mugabe died at the age of 95 in September 2019 and was buried at Kutama after his family refused to have him interred at the National Heroes Acre.

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In May 2021, Chief Zvimba ordered the exhumation of Mugabe from his rural home and fined Grace for breaking burial rites.

A messenger of court was granted authority to seize five heifers and a goat. Bona and her siblings appealed against the judgment at the magistrates’ court.

Tinos Manongovere, a villager who initiated the matter challenged the appeal and the magistrates upheld Manongovere’s challenge.

This prompted Bona and her siblings to appeal against the ruling at the High Court which ruled in their favour.

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