THE death and burial proceedings of former president Robert Mugabe has been littered with drama and uncertainty of his final resting place with the government seemingly clashing with the family particularly with the widow, Grace Mugabe, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
This tiff extended to top funeral parlous who jostled to preside over the burial proceedings.
Zim Morning Post understands that Doves Funeral were accorded the official status to superintend the funeral proceedings of the late national hero.
Traditionally, Doves is responsible for successfully presiding over State funerals of national heroes declared by the presidium in both old and new dispensation.
Interestingly, in a development that is tantamount to ambush marketing, top funeral parlour Nyaradzo Funeral Service inserted billboards , in a claim of corporate social responsibility.
Despite the fact that Doves had been accordingly awarded the onus to bury the veteran leader, social media went abuzz with images of Nyaradzo logos dominating the controversial funeral.
Zim Morning Post also understands that Nyaradzo gate crashed the funeral and volunteered to offer catering and event management services.
The company went further to sponsor live coverage at the national broadcaster.
The same episode occurred at the funeral of the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi where Nyaradzo Funeral Services founder Philip Mataranyika took it to himself to drive the Nyaradzo hearse on Mtukudzi’s funeral cortege.
Such is the drama at the funeral of a great nationalist.
The two Zimbabwe funeral service providers stampeded to offer Mtukudzi family services as it was a platform to push their brands while riding on his fame.
Meanwhile, Doves has managed to dominate the funeral ceremony of the late former president as they carried his remains from Robert Mugabe International Airport this week and continued with the proceedings with great finnese.
Bellarmine Chatunga Mugabe , the late hero’s youngest son was spotted wearing a T-Shirt, an apparent endorsement of the long-serving funeral parlour.