Where will be Robert Mugabe be buried?

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

The family of Zimbabwe's former strongman Robert Mugabe and government officials appear at odds about where the late leader will be buried.

The body of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe will soon be taken to lie in state at a stadium in the capital, Harare.

There have been conflicting statements about Mugabe's burial but family spokesman Leo Mugabe, the ex-president's nephew, is expected to give a definitive statement about the issue.

A family statement demanded that Grace, who was once a rival to Mnangagwa for the presidency, should be front and centre during the funeral.

Nelson Chamisa, left, leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe, consoles Grace, wife to former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

His body is now lying in state at a local stadium in Harare, where members of the public are paying their last respects.

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"His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night. followed by a private burial - either Monday or Tuesday - no National Heroes Acre [the national monument for liberation heroes]. It will be decided", Mnangagwa said, addressing mourners at Mugabe's Blue Roof residence.

Around two thousand supporters, family members and government officials were on the tarmac at Harare airport to welcome Mugabe's remains as they arrived by charter flight from Singapore.

Mugabe's body touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe worldwide airport at around 1500hrs accompanied by his wife Grace and children, Vice President Kembo Mohadi among other officials who were aboard the gulf plane often used by Mnangagwa on his trips in and outside the country. But some family members said he should be buried at his birthplace, according to Zimbabwean tradition.

After his body arrived home, though, Mugabe's final burial place became a point of dispute between his family and government.

Grace Mugabe is expected to stay beside the casket the entire time. His body was received by that country's head of state, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and a host of other dignitaries. The state preferred the National Heroes' Acre in Harare.

At the airport Wednesday night, Mnangagwa paid tribute to his former ally, calling him an "icon of pan-Africanism" and "the man who created our nation", Sky News reported.

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