Zimbabwe settles row to give Mugabe hero’s burial


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

Before that there will be a public ceremony at the state cemetery in Harare on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at Mr Mugabe’s home village.

Mr Mugabe’s family and the government had earlier disagreed over the former strongman’s final resting place.

Mr Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while undergoing medical treatment in a Singapore hospital.

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


What did Mugabe’s family say?

Leo Mugabe told the BBC there would be a public ceremony in Harare on Sunday.

He said Robert Mugabe’s body would then return to his home village of Kutama, where clan chiefs and the family would be allowed to perform their own ceremonies.

Only at a later date – another Sunday as yet to be determined – would be finally buried at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, Leo Mugabe added.

Mr Mugabe’s family had earlier expressed shock at not having been consulted by the government about the funeral arrangements.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa had declared Mr Mugabe a national hero after his death, indicating he should be buried at the national monument.

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