A hearse carrying the body of Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe left a funeral parlour in Singapore on Wednesday bound for an airport from where it will be flown back home for burial. Thousands of people gathered to watch as the plane carrying dictator's remains landed at Harare's worldwide airport, which bears his name, early in the afternoon.
Mugabe's body being taken to the airport in Singapore, where he died last week.
Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's body will lie in state at two different stadiums in the capital city for three days, the information minister said Monday, but she did not announce where he would be buried on Sunday.
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"When he was 93-94 he was able to walk but the speed with which he deteriorated after the coup is just incredible and I can imagine what he was going through and that's why I am saying, he rested", said nephew, Leo Mugabe.
Speaking after the meeting which took place at President Mnangagwa's Munhumutapa offices, in Harare this Tuesday, Deputy Chief Secretary - Presidential Communications, Mr George Charamba said the delegation pledged full support to government arrangements and programmes which are being drawn up and executed in close consultation with the family of Zimbabwe's founding father.
Always divisive, Mugabe's final resting place is still in dispute, with his family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa apparently split over where the former leader's body will be buried on Sunday. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet.
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Family members of the deceased ex-president confirmed the development to Zimlive.
Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who rose to power after Zimbabwe's independence from Britain and governed until he was ousted by the military in 2017, died in Singapore on Friday, aged 95. The disagreement highlights the tensions between Mnangagwa and the Mugabe family, who remain angry that the aging autocrat was deposed by his former allies. "Now reports that we hear that some elements are instigating that certain individuals should be barred from attending the funeral of our late former President, if they are indeed true, are a direct attack on individuals and an indirect attack on President Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF and the war veterans". Mugabe was not ideal as he was human and bound to err. "He led the liberation struggle to its very end and we are indebted to him for the freedom and democracy we enjoy today".
Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.
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