Harare – A mausoleum, which can be best described as a special grave to lay to rest the former Zimbabwean president and revolutionary icon Robert Mugabe’s remains, is currently under construction at the National Heroes Acre, and is expected to reach completion in the next three weeks.
The Mugabe mausoleum is being constructed at the hill top of the National Heroes Acre, were Zimbabwe’s liberation war heroes are buried.
A mausoleum is an external free standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person. It can also in simple terms be described as a type of a tomb.
To honour the great and selfless works of the late Mugabe, who did not only rule the Zimbabwean nation for 37 years, before stepping down in 2017 but fought selflessly for the liberation of Zimbabwe and many other African countries from colonial rule, the Zimbabwean government saw it worthy constructing a special grave that symbolises the great works of Mugabe.
According to the Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s remains can only be laid to rest upon completion of the mausoleum.
“We are building a mausoleum for our founding father at the top of the hill at the heroes acre so we will only bury him after we have completed the construction of the mausoleum,” President Mnangagwa said.
Mugabe’s state funeral was held last Saturday at the giant National Sports Stadium where over 20 African presidents and former presidents as well as representatives of governments from across the globe attended the funeral and described the late Mugabe as a pan-African who fought selflessly for the liberation and development of Africa in general.
The African leaders that attended Mugabe’s funeral include Namibian President Hage Geigob, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zambian President Edgar Lungu, Angolan President Joao Lourenco, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Former presidents included Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba from Namibia, Thabo Mbeki from South Africa, Kenneth Kaunda from Zambia, Joachim Chissano from Mozambique and Jerry Rawlings from Ghana.
Mugabe’s body was early this week taken to his rural home in Zvimba, about 50 kilometres north-west of Harare, where traditional funeral proceedings were performed while giving his rural people a chance to bid farewell to their hero.
Mugabe’s corpse is set to be dried awaiting the burial once the construction of the mausoleum is completed.
Mugabe will be remembered by the people of Zimbabwe for the economic empowerment initiatives he introduced, the solid education system, and the land reform programme, among other things.
Paying tribute to Mugabe, Mnangagwa said Mugabe’s legacy was a spring board for economic development in Zimbabwe and the rest of the continent.
“As Zimbabwe, we shall ride on the education and high literacy levels bequeathed to us by our late great teacher and educator. As a visionary, he understood the importance of solid education, as well as science and technology in the future world. As Africa, let us find our niche within the fast unfolding Fourth Industrial Revolution, leveraging on our youthful population, abundant, untapped natural resources and expansive combined market,” said Mnangagwa.
“As Africa boldly operationalises the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), let us be emboldened by the ideas of the late Cde Mugabe, who was one of the consistent champions of African unity, industrialisation, intra-Africa trade, as well as regional and continental integration.”