Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF is reportedly considering turning the palatial Blue Roof mansion into a “museum or monument for the benefit of the party.”
This is according to the state-owned Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation.
The publication attributed the revelation to ZANU-PF’s Secretary for Administration, Obert Mpofu, on Monday.
Blue Roof is the name popularly given to the Harare residence the late President Robert Mugabe and his family lived in.
‘Blue Roof belongs to ZANU-PF’
This follows an earlier revelation that the Blue Roof mansion did not belong to Mugabe or his family, but to ZANU-PF.
Mugabe’s nephew and family spokesperson, Leo Mugabe, made the revelation to the surprise of many.
He added that ZANU-PF was in the process of transferring ownership to the Mugabe family, according to a Newzimbabwe.com report.
Obert Mpofu reportedly confirmed plans to transfer ownership.
If the latest reports are true, it’s unclear what changed between then and now.
Tensions between family and ZANU-PF government
There have been tensions between Mugabe’s family and the ZANU-PF government since his passing on 6 September.
The two initially disagreed on where Mugabe was to be buried.
While the government preferred the National Heroes Acre in Harare, his family insisted on his home town of Zvimba.
In the end, the government relented and Mugabe was laid to rest in Zvimba over the weekend.
Blue Roof mansion
According to thezimbabwean.co, the late Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion was built on a whopping 44 acres of land in 2003.
It reportedly has 25 bedrooms and a sophisticated radar security system. Its landscape apparently includes two lakes.