'Coup announcer SB Moyo, Oppah Muchinguri, Matemadanda and army bosses barred from Mugabe's funeral'

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Former President Robert Mugabe family is said to have presented a list of top Zanu PF members who they said were not welcome at Mugabe’s funeral during a meeting with government.

The list, the source claimed, included Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, who announced the coup, Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri and her deputy Victor Matemadanda, among the list dominated by some top military personnel.

“The family members are bitter over some remarks made by some people which they claim forced Mugabe to die early because he was a bitter man,” the official said.

Family spokesperson Leo Mugabe was not picking calls yesterday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans’ Affairs, Cde Victor Matemadanda, yesterday said Cde Robert Mugabe’s family had no right to bar him from attending the former leader’s funeral because Government protocol allows him to.

Addressing war veterans and church leaders at a Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches (ZACC) meeting in Bulawayo yesterday, Cde Matemadanda, who is also the Zanu-PF National Political Commissar, said while it was not a big issue to him, the family had no right to stop him from attending the funeral.

“For as long as the family has agreed that Cde Mugabe is a national hero, they can’t stop me because Government protocol allows me to attend the funeral. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

“I will not join a fight over a dead man. Where I come from we don’t brag over the dead but we mourn them,” Matemadanda thundered.

He said in African culture, it was taboo to fight before a family member has been buried.

“I don’t know what the elders in Cde Mugabe’s community in Zvimba say about this. But this person whose funeral they’re refusing to let me attend forgave the people who jailed and tortured him during the liberation struggle,” said furious Matemadanda.

He said he was convinced that whatever he told Cde Mugabe when they disagreed was not based on gossip or hearsay but the truth.

— NewsDay/Herald


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