Thu, 19 Sep 2019

The family of late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe have accused current head of state Emmerson Mnangagwa of attempting to coerce it to betray his wishes for his burial.

Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao said this during a memorial service hosted by the EFF in Orlando East, Soweto, on Thursday.

Zhuwao said Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week, had given specific instructions to his wife and children on how and where he should be buried.

He said he had spoken to Mugabe's children, who had instructed him to issue a statement.

"We are being coerced by Mnangagwa to ignore Mugabe's wishes on where his remains should be interred."

The family of Mugabe and Zimbabwe's government have been at odds over whether he would be buried at his homestead in Kutama, northwest of Harare, or at the National Heroes Acre in the capital.

Mugabe became a 'broken soul' in final years

Zhuwoa said Mugabe was deposed by his comrades because he stood for young people, adding that Mnangagwa and his allies knew that Mugabe "recognised that young people are the future of Africa".

"They chose to take arms against Mugabe because Mugabe was committed to pass the torch onto young people to liberate Africa economically.

"He was tormented by Zanu-PF, he was tormented by the regime of Mnangagwa. President Mugabe did not die in Zimbabwe because of Mnangagwa."

WATCH: Mugabe's body lies in state at private residence

After his body arrived home, though, Mugabe's final burial place became a point of contention between his family and the government.

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