By Sheryleen Masuku
National Patriotic Front (NPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa has run out of ideas on how to revive the economy and has embarked on a mission to exhume the late former President Robert Mugabe’ s remains for cultic purposes.
“The Junta-PF coup government has run out of ideas on turning around the economy and bizarrely, ED now believes exhuming President Mugabe’s remains will turn-around the fortunes of his beleaguered government,” said Mawarire on Twitter.
“Consequently, a CIO operation to exhume Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s remains has been set in motion.
“They are suspecting Mugabe was buried with some knobkerries they want to use for cultic purposes, hence the desperate move to exhume his remains. “Apparently, they stole some knobkerries donated to Robert Gabriel Mugabe by different wood carvers at state and party functions he was keeping at State House.”
Yesterday, former First Lady Grace Mugabe was summoned to a traditional court in Zvimba by Chief Zvimba over allegations of an “improper” burial of her late husband who was in his rural homestead.
Mawarire has accused President Mnangangwa of having an upper hand in the summons against Mugabes’s widow which were delivered to her Blue Mansions home yesterday.
“The Junta occultic comedy around the burial and envisaged exhumation of late President Mugabe continues with ED Mnangagwa’s office representative Jeremiah Moyo accompanying a team comprising Borrowdale police, Chief Zvimba representative and a messenger of court to Blue Roof to administer summons on Former First Lady, Grace Mugabe accusing her of ‘improperly’ burying the late RGM in contravention of some dubious chieftainship burial rites claimed by a ZANU-PF DCC member, Tinos Manongovere,” said Mawarire.
Mawarire challenged Information ministry secretary Nick Mangwana to deny President Mnangagwa’s involvement in the attempts to exhume Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s body.
This is not the first time ZANU PF has come under fire from opposition leaders for demanding reburials that are often shrouded in mysterious superstitious beliefs.
In 2012, ZANU PF members stormed the grave of colonialist Cecil Rhodes in Matobo demanding permission to exhume his remains and return them to Britain after more than 110 years after his burial.