Shivambu: It took Malema's input for Mugabe's wishes to be respected

Shivambu: It took Malema's input for Mugabe's wishes to be respected

- EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has credited Julius Malema with the change in plans for Robert Mugabe's funeral

- The government has opted to honour the late ex-president's wish to be buried in his home village, Zvimba

- Shivambu feels that Malema's comments on the matter had prompted the state caving in to the family's demand

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Floyd Shivambu has credited Julius Malema with changing the Zimbabwean government's decision where to bury Robert Mugabe. reported that the state had changed plans to bury the late politician in a specially built mausoleum in Harare, allowing for a more private burial in Zvimba instead.

Shivambu praised Malema for turning the tide in a post to social media, saying that it took his input for the situation to change:

"The Government of Zimbabwe has finally respected the last wishes of President Mugabe & the family to bury him in Zvimba. It took the courageous leadership of CiC Julius Malema to remind them of African tradition of respecting the wishes of the deceased."

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In the post, Shivambu had shared a clip of Malema condemning the state for not honouring Mugabe's wishes during his recent trip to the family's Blue Roof abode.

The ruling party, Zanu-PF, had blasted the EFF leader following his visit, condemning him for using to the opportunity to score 'cheap political points'.

Nevertheless, Robert Mugabe is expected to be laid to rest in the village where he was born nearly a century ago in a private ceremony.

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