Mugabe body being flown to Zimbabwe, burial place undecided

Mugabe body being flown to Zimbabwe, burial place undecided

Mugabe body being flown to Zimbabwe, burial place undecided

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has remained mum as regards the intricate details of former President Robert Mugabe's burial including where he will be laid to rest.

A woman wearing a dress with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, joins with others to sing political songs of his ZANU-PF party, at his house in his home village of Kutama, in Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

At home, Zimbabweans have been divided over how to mourn a man once hailed for ridding the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule but who later purged his foes in a campaign of massacres and executions known as the Gukurahundi. "The Delegation pledged full support to government arrangements and programmes which are being drawn up and executed in close consultation with the family of the late departed", he said.

Mugabe died on Friday at the age of 95 in Singapore, where he was receiving medical treatment. "Yet she has a duty of care to be with her husband's body at all times!"

Mugabe's resting place has been a topic of discussion since the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe would snub the offer of a burial at National Heroes Acre - a site reserved for the country's heroes - because he felt bitter about the way he was removed from power.

Zimbabwe's information minister said Mr Mugabe's body will lie in state at two stadiums in the capital for three days.

Mugabe's family is at loggerheads with the Zimbabwean government over where he should be buried.

However, family spokesman Leo Mugabe, a nephew of the former president, said over the weekend that burial arrangements have not yet been finalized.

The specially chartered flight carrying Mr Mugabe's body is expected to land in his home country at 15:00 (13:00 GMT), family members told Reuters news agency. He held on to power for nearly four decades before being ousted in a coup in 2017.

"Mugabe was an outstanding national liberation movement leader and politician of Zimbabwe", said China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, while Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Mr Mugabe made a great personal contribution to the battle for Zimbabwe's Independence and to the building of Zimbabwean State institutions.

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