Zimbabwe Sets Date for Mugabe's Burial

Govt officials, family fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe's body to Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa has assigned a delegation led by Vice President Kombo Mohadi and comprising former President Cde Robert Mugabe's family, the family of the former first lady - the Marufus and the ruling Zanu-PF party officials to facilitate the repatriation of the late national hero's body from Singapore where he died last Friday.

President Edgar Lungu has urged African leaders to emulate former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who was fearless in protecting the integrity of his country.

Mugabe's body was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), Leo Mugabe told Reuters.

On Thursday and Friday, his body will be taken to Rufaro Stadium in Harare to allow members of the public to pay their last respects to Mugabe.

The nation has been plunged into mourning following the death of its iconic founding father, Cde Mugabe, who died at the age of 95 after a long illness.

"Being a Catholic, he tried his level best to live according to Christian values, and I know people have mixed feelings in the way he practised his Christian values", Kennedy Muguti, the vicar general of the archdiocese of Harare, told The Associated Press after the Mass.

He ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades until November 2017 when he resigned.

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Burial arrangements ... In a note to foreign embassies, Zimbabwe's foreign ministry says leaders should leave before Mugabe burialPresident Emmerson Mnangangwa, who seized power from Mugabe in a military coup in November 2017, wants to bury his predecessor next at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop shrine in Harare.

Two other relatives in Zimbabwe also said the family had agreed that Mugabe, affectionately known as "Mudhara" (Old man in the Shona language) by his supporters, would be buried at Kutama.

In one of the rooms, village elders and clan chiefs were deciding where the statesman should be buried.

Charamba said it was expected that Mugabe would be buried there on Sunday. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet.

Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

"The state funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in the morning at the National Sports Stadium in Harare".

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