A Zimbabwean man has over the past 15 months refused to bury the remains of his son who died in politically-linked circumstances.

The body of Moses Chokuda, who was an activist from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party, has been lying in a mortuary in Gokwe town, about  300 north-west of Harare, 15 months after his death, according to the party.

The father of the deceased, Tavengwa Chokuda, has refused to bury his son's decomposing body, demanding both an apology and explanation for the motive of the murder from the alleged murderers Farayi Machaya and Isaac Gana, who are believed to be from ZANU-PF party.

"I have told the police that I cannot proceed with the burial without getting a clear explanation from his murderers. I want the Machaya and Gana families to sit down with my family in a traditional way and we discuss this issue properly," Chokuda said.

He said instead, the accused Machaya's father, Jason, who is Midlands Province governor, had allegedly been influencing police to dispose of the body because his son was not the killer.

Chokuda said Machaya sent the officer-in-charge of Gokwe police, Disco Mubaiwa to approach the Department of Social Welfare so that the decomposing body could be laid to rest.
"The police officer has even threatened that he will forcefully take the body from the mortuary and bury him," he said.

The case, however, is in court and the accused are out of remand prison on bail. The case will resume on August 12.

The late Moses, who was 25 at the time of his death, is survived by a wife and one child, born after its father's death.

A wave of politically-linked violence had erupted in Zimbabwe following the disputed presidential elections of March 2008.