Mugabe hailed Mujuru for his contribution in the liberation of the country and lamented that the way Mujuru died was undeserving to a person of his caliber.
“Such a gallant fighter did not deserve to die the way he died. A hero in real life, Rex (Nhongo) has been sadly taken away from us by a cruel fire. Solomon Mujuru has left us in heart rending way, why we continue to ask,” Mugabe said while addressing mourners at the national heroes’ acre.
“But this is how God has willed it and we cannot and we cannot do anything about it, except to grieve, to ask so many questions and finally to accept his demise even though it will always hurt.”
A family spokesperson from the Mujuru family who spoke on behalf of the Mujurus said; “Baba (Father) did not deserve to die the way he died.”
The burial was attended by Vice President John Nkomo who has been reported to be not feeling well, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, senior government officials from both the MDC formations and Zanu (PF).
Delegates from other countries including South Africa’s State Security Minister Siyabonga Cele, senior army officials from Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania attended the funeral.
Mujuru was honoured by a fly past by the Airforce of Zimbabwe war planes and a 17 gun salute.
Police are still to finish their investigations on the cause of Mujuru’s death prompting ordinary people to spread rumours on what might have happened to the former army commander.
Vice President Joice Mujuru has called for people to stop commenting about the death of his husband but to wait for police to conclude their investigations.
Mugabe as his custom took a swipe at Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, Britain and her allies saying the big nations must leave Zimbabwe alone.
“That is why we continue to say to the British and their allies, the Americans leave us alone, get away from us, we are an independent people, and we are a sovereign people. But no, the British would want to debate us every month in their parliament as if we are an extension of Britain, “Mugabe said.
Mugabe launched vitriol against gays and lesbians saying “even our dogs know their mates, even a bull knows its mate, it doesn’t go mate with another bull, that’s why I say you are worse than pigs and dogs that’s what I tell them”.