Family denies feud with government over Mugabe burial


A auto believed to be carrying the body of Robert Mugabe has left a Singapore funeral parlour.

Former president Robert Mugabe's place of burial is still a matter of contention amid reports that his family are pushing back against the government's plan to preside over his funeral and to bury him at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. "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.

The body is expected in the country this Wednesday, with burial set for Sunday 15 September.

Zimbabwe's Vice President Kembo Mohadi was seen at the Singapore Casket funeral parlor Tuesday afternoon, and police escorted a hearse from the building Wednesday morning to go to the airport.

The location of the burial remains unclear, with Mugabe's family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government apparently at odds over whether it would be at his homestead northwest of Harare or at a shrine for liberation heroes in the capital.

Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment.

Mr Mugabe was the first post-independence leader of Zimbabwe who was initially lauded for liberating his country from white minority rule.

On Thursday and Friday the body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Mbare township in Harare for the public to pay their final respects.

The former guerrilla leader had dominated Zimbabwean politics for nearly four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.

The 35,000-seater stadium is where Mugabe took his oath of office when Ian Smith, the Prime Minister under the colonial Rhodesian regime, handed over power.

This has prompted speculation of a rift between the government and members of Mugabe's family, who want him to be buried at his rural home in Kutama, about 85 kilometers (52 miles) southwest of Harare.