Mugabe burial in Zimbabwe 'sometime next week' - family spokesman

Stampede tears as Zimbabweans flock Mugabe's funeral

On Thursday, the EFF, led by its leader, Julius Malema, held a memorial service at the Orlando East Communal Hall in honour of the late president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

The 95-year-old, who ruled for 37 years until he was ousted in November 2017, died last week in Singapore where he had been receiving medical treatment.

"We are ready and willing to work with the government to develop a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe which is in conformance to his wishes on how his mortal remains will be interred", the family said.

"His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night. followed by a private burial - either Monday or Tuesday - no National Heroes Acre [the national monument for liberation heroes]".

"We are gathered here to received his body, we are grieved and we say our honest and deep condolences to the former first lady who has brought the body amai Grace Mugabe with us here and the children who are also here and the immediate family who are here".

After leaving RGM International airport, Mugabe's body passed through One Commando barracks on its way to his private residence the Blue Roof in Borrowdale where the full funeral programme until his burial will be announced.

Mr Mugabe fired Mr Mnangagwa in 2017, in what many believed was a way to prepare for Mrs Mugabe to succeed him.

Soon after, Mugabe was toppled by protesters and the army in what was seen as part of a power struggle within the ruling ZANU-PF party between pro-Mnangagwa factions and Mugabe loyalists siding with his wife Grace.

Mugabe burial in Zimbabwe 'sometime next week' - family spokesman
Mugabe burial in Zimbabwe 'sometime next week' - family spokesman

"We have no idea where we will bury him yet", said Mnangagwa at the Mugabe family home of Thursday. "The family will have the final say".

The U.S. embassy to Zimbabwe "extends its condolences" to the Mugabe family and the people of Zimbabwe following the former dictator's death.

Supporters of Zimbabwe's former ruler, Robert Mugabe react upon the arrival of his remains at at RG Mugabe airport in Harare. "They (the family) don't want you to know where he is going to be buried".

Zimbabwe's founding leader Robert Mugabe made his final journey back to the country Wednesday, his body flown into the capital amid the contradictions of his long, controversial rule.

His body is expected be taken to Harare's Rufaro stadium on Thursday and Friday for a public ceremony.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, former Cuban leader Raul Castro and a dozen African presidents, including South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, are among those expected to attend Mugabe's state funeral on Saturday in Harare.

Zimbabweans have been split over the death of a leader once hailed for ending white-minority rule in what was then called Rhodesia but who later purged his foes in a brutal crackdown. "Otherwise he will become a ghost".

However on Wednesday Leo Mugabe told The Associated Press on Wednesday that relations are good between the family and Mnangagwa.

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