Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe was buried on October 28 in his home village of Kutama, ending an argument between his clan and the government of his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe (95) died in a Singapore hospital on September from cancer after chemotherapy treatment was stopped because it was no longer effective.
Mugabe and is family were bitter about the way he was ousted in coup-d’état by his former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa. After Mugabe‘s death family entered a dispute with incumbent President Mnangagwa, who was represented by government officials, offering the burial at the monument for liberation war heroes. The proposal assessed by many as an attempt to use an opportunity to reach public reconciliation with Mugabe’s supporters.
The former First lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, is suspected of smuggling ivory worth millions of dollars.
Tinashe Farawo, speaking for Zimbabwe‘s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said “we opened our investigations and realized that former first lady Grace Mugabe was illegally dealing in ivory.”
Grace Mugabe, the spouse of former President Robert Mugabe, faced accusations on raids of the country’s ivory stockpiles during her period at power as First lady and sending the pieces as gifts to high-profile personalities in the Middle East and Asia.
Ms.Mugabe defends her actions, describing smuggled ivory items as ‘diplomatic gifts’.
Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife “to usurp constitutional power”.
The motion is now due to be presented to parliament on Tuesday, November 21.
Paul Mangwana, a party member, said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed without further delay.
A deadline set by Zanu-PF for his resignation passed on Monday.
Separately, military leaders said they had planned a “roadmap” for Robert Mugabe’s future, and that the ousted former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, would return to the country soon.
Grace Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa had both been seen as potential successors to the ageing president. But last week, President Mugabe fired his deputy – interpreted as an endorsement of his wife – prompting a military intervention.
Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party to encourage a peaceful end to his 37 years in power following a de facto military coup d’état.
The ousted President was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe’s fate leaked to reporters.
“Mugabe has been expelled,” one of the delegates said. “Mnangagwa is our new leader.”
Mugabe’s wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding Mugabe, was also shared the fate of her husband, being expelled from the party.
Speaking before the meeting, war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa said the 93-year-old Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.
“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” party sources indicate.
Mutsvangwa followed up with warning to renew the street protests if Mugabe refused to leave: “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.”