Mugabe's family rejects government burial plan

Sarah ‘Sally’ Mugabe via

Mugabe is revered by some as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, but he is also vilified by others who say he wrecked one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

Reports indicate that he left instructions that he wished to be buried in Kutama, his rural village, and not at the National Heroes Acre in Harare where Zimbabwe buries its "national heroes".

However, until today it was not clearly spelt out where the former leader would be buried, a family spokesman said on Monday. The relative, speaking from Singapore, asked not to be named.

His nephew, Leo Mugabe, denied there was a disagreement over the issue with the government but admitted his uncle died a bitter man after being ousted in 2017 by the army and his former deputy. He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre tomorrow. "It is not settled".

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.

The delegation comprised members of the Mugabe and Marufu (the former President's in-laws) families, Zanu-PF secretary for Women's League Cde Mabel Chinomona and Politburo members Cdes Edna Madzongwe and Sydney Sekeramayi.


He said the provisional plan was for the burial to be at National Heroes Acre.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in a statement that Mugabe's body will lie in state at Harare's Rufaro Stadium on Thursday and Friday and then at the National Sports Stadium, also in the capital, on Saturday.

"Burial is set for the 15th of September 2019, which is on a Sunday".

By telling foreign leaders to leave a day earlier, the Zimbabwe government could be trying to prevent a situation where foreign leaders go to Mugabe's rural home in the absence of Mnangagwa.

"If a chief dies, the announcement is not like how we announce any other person who is dead". Tsitsi Samukange, another churchgoer, said Mugabe should be praised for fighting for his country. "I hope that the leadership will consider and perhaps rebury that fellow comrade who was working dearly for his country", said Matutu. And we became poorer.

Many Harare residents said they were saddened by Mugabe's death and that it marked the end of an era.

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