Mugabe Burial Saga Rages On As Government In Deadlock With Family

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe will leave Singapore on Wednesday morning (Sept 11), five days after he died in a hospital here.

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.

According to Mugabe's nephew, Leo Mugabe, who is also the family's spokesman, Mugabe was a chief and he would be given a traditional burial.

"To say there is a feud is not correct, it's not true".

On Thursday and Friday the body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Mbare township in Harare - where Mugabe took his oath of office - for the public to pay their final respects.

He also stated that the scheduled burial of the former president had also been postponed.

Reserved. The grave of Sarah Francesca "Sally" Mugabe, the first wife of Robert Mugabe is seen next to two un-occupied graves at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Zimbabwe September 10, 2019.

Mugabe wielded those same powers to bestow or deny that privilege to dozens of his former comrades, so it would be highly incongruous for his family to refuse to bury him there.

Mugabe's burial is set for September 15 at a place still to be announced.

The official funeral will be held on Saturday at the giant 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend. "My advice to the Mugabe family especially Grace is to make peace with their ZANU PF colleagues especially Mnangagwa", he said".

Mnangagwa's government has not yet released an official programme for Mugabe's burial.

"That is the dilemma Mnangagwa faces, he can't be sleeping well", Mandaza said.

Family members of the deceased ex-president confirmed the development to Zimlive.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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