The government says the that the mausoleum that is being built is no longer meant for Mugabe’s remains.

“The issue about the exhumation of the late former president is a private issue. Government and President Emmerson Mnangagwa will respect that the issue is a family matter and allow the family to deal with the issue without its interference.

“The president agreed to meet the Zvimba chiefs as he could have done to anyone who was seeking an audience with him.  Remember that the late president and the sitting president were close allies.

“Therefore, he could not have refused to give audience to the chiefs on the said issue. But the whole matter is entirely up to the clan to decide on what they want, without both the government and President Mnangagwa, Information Deputy Minister, Kindness Paradza told The Standard.

The Mugabe family has said President Mnangagwa must intervene to end the reburial saga