Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Family denies feud with government over Mugabe burial

Elderly men wait for medicines at a pharmacy at Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare Body of former Zimbabwean leader Mugabe to leave Singapore on Wednesday
Steven Clarke | 11 September, 2019, 07:55

Early Wednesday, a hearse transporting Mugabe's body left a Singapore funeral parlour bound for an airport and accompanied by a police escort, driving past a group of waiting journalists.

The Sunday Mail quoted presidential spokesman George Charamba in reporting Mnangagwa and family members will receive the body at the airport named after the former president in the capital, Harare.

Now reports say the family will decide when his wife, Grace, arrives from Singapore tomorrow.

On Thursday and Friday, Mugabe's body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in the capital so the public can pay their respects.

Mugabe died Friday at a hospital in Singapore at age 95.

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

The group, who included Vice President Kembo Mohadi, attended a private Catholic mass for Mugabe at the funeral parlour where his body is, officiated by a Zimbabwean priest.

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The burial ceremony will take place on Sunday, the day after a state funeral in the National Sports Stadium, said the Zimbabwean government.

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

There have been disagreements between the Mugabe family and the government over Mugabe's burial with the former advocating for him to be buried at his rural homestead in Zvimba.

Family spokesperson, Leo Mugabe, says they have been meetings with the government and everything is going according to plan.

Leo Mugabe told reporters that Mugabe had died "a very bitter man" because he felt betrayed by the former political and military leaders who were his allies for close to four decades before they forced him to resign in November, 2017.

Speaking to reporters outside the building, he added that Mr Mugabe's body will be carried home by a chartered flight on Wednesday morning.

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