Plane leaves for Singapore to bring Robert Mugabe's body back to Zimbabwe

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

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

Speaking from Mugabe's rural home in Zvimba, family spokesperson Leo Mugabe stoked the fires, saying his uncle could have lived beyond 95, but died early because of the coup.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been banned from attending Robert Mugabe's funeral. "The family has made a decision that Mudhara will be buried at Kutama - that is the position - but the government is still engaging the family to try to have him buried at (National) Heroes Acre", the relative in Singapore told Reuters. "It is not settled". The body will lie in state at Harare's Rufaro Stadium and then at the National Sports Stadium, also in the capital, she said.

However, until today it was not clearly spelt out where the former leader would be buried, a family spokesman said on Monday.

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

Former President Robert Mugabe's remains are due to be returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday and the government has confirmed that his funeral will take place over two days this coming weekend.

The emissaries requested that the President extends the same assistance to the family to get more members of both the Mugabe and Marufu families to travel to Singapore both to share in the grief with the former First Lady and assist with the overall arrangement of the repatriation of the body of the late Cde Mugabe.

Meanwhile, flags continue to fly at half-mast in Harare in respect to the departed leader.

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"We are praying for our relatives who have died".

"The death of former President Robert Mugabe at a hospital in Singapore on Thursday, September 6, 2019, rang memory bells about the hush-hush, but spirited conversations that ZANU PF comrades used to have about this day, during the 2013 election campaign in which his advanced age and mortality were campaign issues. We are asking God if there is anything that he did wrong in his life that he be forgiven", the priest told the congregation.

The former Economic Development Minister says Mugabe was power hungry as he never tolerated any form of opposition during and after the country's liberation struggle of the 1960s. Tsitsi Samukange, another churchgoer, said Mugabe should be praised for fighting for his country.

He dismissed reports that Mugabe had refused to be buried at the Heroes' Acre, but also refused to say where the burial will take place. "You know when you fight, in a fight sometimes you lose your teeth?"

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

There, Mr Mugabe hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag and lit the independence flame on April 18, 1980 - bringing hope for a new era after a long guerrilla war.

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