Following the death of Chief Beperere and reports that those who allegedly backed Chief Zvimba on the exhumation and reburial of Robert Mugabe’s case are not feeling well, the family of the late former Statesman is of the view that his bitter spirit is fighting from the grave.
Mugabe died in September 2019 and his remains were buried at his rural home in Kutama, Zvimba, after his family indicated that he wished to be laid to rest there.
However, a battle has since erupted after a group of chiefs questioned the move.
Initially, Chief Zvimba ordered Grace, Mugabe’s widow, to ensure that the former Statesman’s remains were exhumed and reburied in Harare.
One of the traditional leaders who was of the same opinion, Chief Beperere, born Alfred Tome, succumbed to Covid-19 last month.
Following Chief Beperere’s death, the family now claims he was a victim of Mugabe’s vengeful spirit.
His son Edward, who was spokesperson for the Zvimba chiefs when they met President Emmerson Mnangagwa in September last year is now allegedly afflicted by an undisclosed ailment.
One of Edward’s sons is also said to be sick, while Chief Zvimba and Chidziva are reportedly now bed-ridden.
Tinos Manongovere, the headman who took Grace Mugabe to the traditional court demanding Mugabe’s burial, blamed Chief Zvimba’s woes on old age.
“There is nothing amiss about his ill health.
“Remember he is advanced in age. At more than 80 years old you can’t expect him to be running up and down like a teenager,” Manongovere said.
Dominic Matibiri, a member of Mugabe’s family, said they believed Mugabe’s spirit was avenging.
“The spirit of the departed have a way of settling issues with the living,” Matibiri said.
“As Mugabe family, we will not mourn Chief Beperere with others because we feel that he was being punished by the avenging spirit for taking part in the ex- humation judgement. “
Mugabe family spokesperson Leo Mugabe said his uncle died a bitter man, New Zimbabwe reports.