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Our #African rulers don't just want unseemly opulence on earth while in power; many of them also apparently enjoy marbled sepulchres for their abode in the hereafter. Mobutu Sense Seko, who's buried in far-away Morocco resides in one. He's in good company though...
Two pioneers of the Independence struggle, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah in Accra & Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi, rest in pretty "befitting" surroundings. But, you may say their mausoleums are also fitting national monuments for founders of their respective countries.
Like Nkrumah & Jomo Kenyatta, Mgwazi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda led his country, Malawi, to Independence & died outside his country in Johannesburg, South Africa. This necro-palace is his most lasting legacy it seems.
We can say Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta & Kamuzu Banda led their respective countries to Independence. Poor Zambia has to foot the bills for these expensive graves for Fred Chiluba & Levi Mwanwasa. Kenneth Kaunda who led Zambia to Independence & preceded both in office remains alive.
Malawi's 3rd President, Mgwazi Bingu wa Mutharika, who was buried in a state of semi-putrefaction, nevertheless resides under a dome in death. Laurent Kabila in DRC has his own shrine.
Soon enough, we'll get to see what the final resting place of #RobertMugabe will look like. Interestingly, he may go down in the records as the 1st of his peers to be interred in 2 sepulchres. Meanwhile, ordinary Zimbabweans struggle for a meal every 2 or more days.
These necro-palaces shd not be routine. Ethiopia's Emperor Hails Selassie, who was probably smothered to death in Ether by his successor, Col. Mengistu, in 1975 & interred 25 yes later in 2000, has a modest headstone. So does Cameroon's founding President, Ahmadou Ahidjo in Dakar
Beyond #Africa, they must laugh at us - the Presidents & Prime Ministers who subsidised the palates of our opulent rulers lie underneath modest headstones from Churchill to Khrushchev.
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