ZANU-PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu has made an about-turn on his statements yesterday that the Blue Roof mansion would be turned into a museum or monument for the ruling party.
Mpofu had made the statements yesterday while speaking to State-owned broadcaster ZBC.
However, Mpofu has said he met President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday who informed him that the ruling party will transfer title deeds of the two properties “in the near future”, to the late national hero’s family.
“I was in a meeting with President Mnangagwa today (yesterday), who advised me that the party will transfer title deeds of the two properties to the family as promised.
“Nothing has changed on the party’s commitment to transfer the two properties,” said Mpofu.
The Mugabes’ family spokesperson during the bereavement period, Mr Leo Mugabe, confirmed weeks ago that Zimbabwe’s late founding President did not own both the Blue Roof mansion and the Mount Pleasant house occupied by Mrs Bona Mugabe-Chikore.
“The issue of properties is being handled by the President. He is handling the issue to ensure the family is safe. I was told by President Mnangagwa that the party will help to transfer the title deeds of the properties to the former President’s family,” he said.
Leo Mugabe added that ZANU-PF owned the land on which the two houses were built.
“It’s so funny (that) the party (ZANU-PF) is the one that bought the first house in Mt Pleasant and the land for the Blue Roof property. It leaves the former President Mugabe without a house in Harare,” he said.
Mpofu said they were doing the paperwork to transfer the properties to the Mugabe family.
Observers pointed that the “confusion and alarm” over the status of ownership of the sprawling mansion could have been triggered by the Mugabe family’s snubbing of his burial at the National Heroes’ Acre.
Government was in the process of building a mausoleum for Mugabe when his widow, Grace, ordered that burial be done at their rural Zvimba home “in accordance with his last wish.”
Mugabe, who died in Singapore on 6th September after a long battle with cancer, was buried last Saturday at a private family event in Zvimba.