Zimbabwe settles row to give Mugabe hero’s burial

epa07837627 Mourners walk past a banner showing late former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the Blue Roof mansion in Harare, Zimbabwe ,12 September 2019. Mugabe passed away on 06 September aged 95 in Singapore where he had been receiving treatment since April this year. Mugabe led the country post-independence from 1980 to 2017 when he was ousted in a military coup. The public will be able to pay their respects to Mugabe on 12 and 13 September in Harare before his burial on 15 September. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

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Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will be buried in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, his family says, following a row with the government over his final resting site.

Family spokesman and nephew Leo Mugabe says the date is yet to be determined.

His body is now lying in state at the Rufaro football stadium in the capital.

The body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lies at Rufaro Stadium
The body of the former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lies in state at Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. EPA-EFE/STR

Before Sunday’s ceremonies, a state funeral will be held on Saturday. Heads of states of several countries are expected.

Before that there will be a public ceremony at the shrine in the capital on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at Mugabe’s home village.

Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while being treated in Singapore.

Mugabe’s family is said to be bitter over him being ousted by his former ally and current President Emmerson Mnangagwa two years ago.


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