Friday, 28 February, 2020


Mugabe's body heading home to Zimbabwe for mourning, burial

Mugabe's body heading home to Zimbabwe for mourning, burial Mugabe's body heading home to Zimbabwe for mourning, burial
Bennie Garza | 11 September, 2019, 07:54

Mugabe, who enjoyed strong backing from Zimbabwe's people after taking over in 1980, but whose support waned following decades of repression, economic mismanagement and allegations of election-rigging, is expected to be buried on Sunday, state media reported.

Mourning ... Robert Mugabe's first born daughter Bona leaves a funeral parlour in Singapore following a church service on TuesdayGrieving ...

Family members of Robert Mugabe, a former president of Zimbabwe who died last Friday, say they do not know where their dead kinsman will be buried.

His health deteriorated after he was toppled by the military and former loyalists, ending an increasingly tyrannical rule that sent the economy into ruin.

A plane carrying the former leader and the visiting delegation departed shortly afterwards, his nephew Adam Molai told AFP.

Mr Mugabe died on September 6 in a Singapore hospital at age 95.

Mr Mugabe, 95, a controversial leader who ruled his country for nearly 40 years, will lie in state at two different locations in the capital of Harare.

On arrival in Zimbabwe, Mugabe's body will be taken straight to his village in Kutama, in Zvimba district west of the capital Harare, for an overnight wake.

The official funeral will be held on Saturday at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend.

On Thursday and Friday, Mugabe's body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in the capital so the public can pay their respects.

Zimbabwe's Vice President Kembo Mohadi was seen arriving at the funeral parlor on Tuesday afternoon, and a Zimbabwe state newspaper said his body would return to the country on Wednesday.

There have been disagreements between the Mugabe family and the government over Mugabe's burial with the former advocating for him to be buried at his rural homestead in Zvimba. "This is a cultural thing and nobody can push the chiefs to divulge where they are going to bury [Mugabe]", he said.

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