Eat, drink, be merry at ‘uncle Bob’ funeral

FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s rural Zvimba home in Kutama village was a hub of activity on Monday evening when the Zim Morning Post crew arrived.

Minister of State for Mashonaland West, Mary Mliswa, who was at Mugabe’s homestead where villagers were gathered and celebrating the late icon’s life, whose hearse is expected in the country on Wednesday, appeared out of place with her chosen regalia, with a Mnangagwa face on it.

Chimurenga music could be heard out loudly from a distance as villagers danced and sang along, chanting slogans while supper was being prepared.

The Zim Morning Post news crew witnessed confusion as mourners rushed to get first on queues where food was about to be served.

Children strapped on their mothers’ backs could be heard crying from being squeezed in food queues as food seemed to be the priority among the many mourners, with security personnel being called in to calm things down a bit and have everyone served.

Food processions ran for over 30 minutes as people awaited their chance for sadza, rice, mashed potatoes, chicken and beef, among other delicacies, which seemed to be in abundance.

The well-manicured lawn at the Mugabes’ homestead was littered with “feasting” groups while floodlights provided lighting.

Families, seated in picnic-like fashion, thronged the compound, looked not like they were going anywhere anytime soon, at least not until they had eaten.

Many guests kept flooding the premises, making a beeline to the food queues while others who had had their fill left, retiring to their respective homes.

The Zim Morning Post crew noticed that the majority of Zvimba people were clad in regalia showing off the late former President’s face.

After an interview with some of the locals who were dressed completely in Mugabe regalia, it became apparent that the people of Zvimba, more than ever before, now seemed closer to the late President they are to the ruling party Zanu PF.

It also became apparent that the November 2017 military intervention, which toppled Mugabe, did not go well with those in Zvimba, who thought Mugabe deserved some measure of respect and not what they thought happened in the ‘hostile takeover’.

The mood at Kutama Shopping Centre, near the late President’s homestead was, however, indifferent to the goings on at Gushungo’s home.

With many there, it was business as usual.

The local bar was open, with a handful of people braaing and drinking, before they were joined by Zim Morning Post editor, Nigel Pfunde and Philemon Jambaya, while Pascal Madiri and the Post’s managing editor, Elias Mambo, hung around looking for anything newsworthy.

It was from these few moments of hanging out at the centre that it became clear that some of the people were indifferent of Mugabe’s death mainly because the fallen hero had lived a full life and had been on so many occasions pronounced dead.

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