Former Zimbabwe president Mugabe to be buried on Sunday


He died last Friday, aged 95, in Singapore, where he had always been receiving medical treatment.

The family of Zimbabwe founder Robert Mugabe is pushing back against the government's plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare and wants him to be buried in his home village instead, three relatives told Reuters.

Mugabe's family is at loggerheads with the Zimbabwean government over where he should be buried. "I hope that the leadership will consider and perhaps rebury that fellow comrade who was working dearly for his country", said Matutu.

"It was sudden, it was just like revolution overnight, he could not believe that those he trusted most turned against him, people that he depended upon turned against him".

He was then succeeded by his long-time lieutenant, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was perceived to be younger and progressive and had strong links with the army. "May God grant him mercy", said Father Richard Mushuku. "So we are yet to be advised", Moyo said.

Zimbabweans still struggle daily to access basic services and supplies, leaving many divided over how to mourn a former leader once hailed as a liberation hero but who later brutally repressed his opponents.

"He was very bitter and it dented his legacy, ... it was not an easy thing for him", Mugabe's nephew said on Saturday. He was once revered and celebrated as an independence hero when he came into power in 1980.

The body will be kept at his Harare house commonly known as the Blue Roof overnight Thursday and Friday.

"The state funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in the morning at the National Sports Stadium in Harare".

But now there seems to be some disagreement between the family and the government over where the man who led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017, should be laid to rest.

It added: "Heads of State/government wishing to attend the ceremony are advised to arrive in Harare on Friday, September 13, 2019... and depart immediately after the ceremony taking into consideration that government authorities will be fully occupied with preparations for the burial service/ceremony reserved for Sunday, September 15, 2019".

In one of the rooms, village elders and clan chiefs were deciding where the statesman should be buried.

As national president, Mr Robert Mugabe did not exercise the role of a traditional ruler, but he held the respected title of traditional chief of Zvimba rural district.