A traditional court in Zimbabwe has fined Grace, widow of the country’s late dictator, Robert Mugabe, five cows and two goats for ‘improperly’ burying her husband after his death.
The court took the decision on Thursday in Grace’s absence.
The former first lady, who is also known as ‘Gucci Grace’ because of her lavish spending lifestyle, is accused of burying her husband who died in 2019 at the age of 95, in the courtyard of his home in Kutama.
Chief Zvimba, born Stanley Mhondoro, said Mugabe was supposed to be buried in a place chosen by his mother or immediate family.
He called for the body to be exhumed and reburied according to custom.
At the time of Mugabe’s death, there was a dispute between Grace and President Emmerson Mnangagwa over where he should be buried.
Mnangagwa wanted Mugabe to be interred at the National Heroes Acre Burial Ground and National Monument near Harare, while Grace wanted her husband to be buried in his hometown.
Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years had a grudge with his then vice president, Mnangagwa, who was placed in charge of the country after Mugabe was forced to resign in November 2017.