Body of former Zimbabwean leader Mugabe to leave Singapore on Wednesday

Body of former Zimbabwean leader Mugabe to leave Singapore on Wednesday

President Peter Mutharika will travel to Zimbabwe to attend former President Robert Mugabe's funeral ceremony.

Worldwide and African dignitaries will bid farewell to the former Zimbabwe leader at a funeral on Saturday at the National Sports Stadium before final burial on September 15.

On Tuesday, a government minister said the burial was planned for Sunday, a day after the state funeral.

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

"We will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in, even when it was not popular", was how Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute.

Mugabe's body will be displayed at historic locations for several days before burial at a location still unannounced, indicating friction between the ex-leader's family and the government. "Yet she has a duty of care to be with her husband's body at all times!"

The body will lie in state at Harare's Rufaro Stadium and then at the National Sports Stadium, also in the capital, she said.

A relative has said that in line with native Shona customs, traditional chiefs from Zvimba will have a final say on where the former leader will be buried.

Of course, the Government ignored our appeal, and Mr Mugabe continued his tyrannical rule on Zimbabwe until the military, which he controlled throughout his tenure as president, finally woke up on November 14, 2017 and placed him under house arrest with his family.

Mugabe's resting place has been a topic of discussion since the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe would snub the offer of a burial at National Heroes Acre - a site reserved for the country's heroes - because he felt bitter about the way he was removed from power.

Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for nearly four decades since independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.

It had always been expected that Mugabe would be buried at Heroes' Acre, a monumental burial place reserved for top officials of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party who contributed to ending white colonial rule.

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