Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Mugabe's body believed to be leaving Singapore for Zimbabwe

Mugabe's body believed to be leaving Singapore for Zimbabwe

A state funeral service for the late former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be held at a sports stadium in Harare on September 14 and burial will be a day later, but there is still no decision on where he will be interred, MaraviPost noted.

Police motorbikes lined up outside the Singapore Casket, a funeral parlour where Mugabe's body was being held, in a sign that a dignitary would soon be departing.

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

Mr Mugabe died on September 6 in a Singapore hospital at age 95.

On Thursday and Friday the body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Mbare township in Harare for the public to pay their final respects.

Mutsvangwa said Mugabe would be buried on Sunday but she did not say where he will be buried, saying more updates will be provided "as more information on the program trickles in".

Days after the continent has come to terms with the passing of Robert Mugabe, his family has yet to confirm the details of the former leader's burial.

The body is heading home for burial in a country bitterly divided by the hero-turned-despot's legacy.

This, Leo Mugabe noted, was far from true.

Mugabe, who enjoyed strong backing from Zimbabwe's people after taking over in 1980, but whose support waned following decades of repression, economic mismanagement and allegations of election-rigging, is expected to be buried on Sunday, state media reported.

Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for nearly four decades since independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.

The 35,000-seater stadium is where Mugabe took his oath of office when Ian Smith, the Prime Minister under the colonial Rhodesian regime, handed over power.

There have been disagreements between the Mugabe family and the government over Mugabe's burial with the former advocating for him to be buried at his rural homestead in Zvimba.

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