Robert Mugabe's body arrives in Zimbabwe amid burial site row

We Don't Know Where Mugabe Will Be Buried -Family Members

A plane bringing the body of Robert Mugabe back to the country landed at the main airport named after the former president at 3.25PM on Wednesday.

The body of Mugabe arrives back in the country after he died September 6 in Singapore.

The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared him a "national hero" for his role in helping Zimbabwe gain independence, and a grave has been reserved at Heroes' Acre, a shrine in Harare for all those who fought against colonial rule.

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. But some family members said he should be buried at his birthplace, according to Zimbabwean traditions.

The MDC said in a statement on Wednesday that it had postponed its 20th anniversary rally because of Mugabe's funeral.


"I will always remember the vast, huge contribution he made not only to the people of Zimbabwe but to the people of Africa", he said. A programme would be announced by the home affairs ministry later in the day, he said.

Controversy continues to be associated with the late former president Robert Mugabe in his death, as was the case in his life - with his family and the government still poles apart yesterday with regards to where he will be buried.

On Thursday and Friday the body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Mbare township in Harare - where Mugabe took his oath of office - for the public to pay their final respects. Shortly after Mugabe's death, the nephew had said Mugabe died "a very bitter man" because he felt betrayed by Mnangagwa and the army generals who were his allies for close to four decades before they put him under house arrest and forced him to resign. A spokesman for the Mugabe family could not immediately be reached for comment. But the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) Mashonaland West chapter has come out guns blazing, declaring that no one should be barred from attending Mugabe's funeral. "They (witches/ wizards) are also allowed to mourn a fellow neighbour and console the bereaved family", Muoni said. Mugabe was not ideal as he was human and bound to err.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe looks up as he attends the opening ceremony of the High Level Segment of The United Nations Climate Change Conference on December 15, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. "We went to thank him yesterday for what he has done this far".

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