Government releases list of confirmed VVIPs attending Mugabe Burial

Government releases list of confirmed VVIPs attending Mugabe Burial

Government releases list of confirmed VVIPs attending Mugabe Burial

A row over Robert Mugabe's final burial site escalated on Thursday, a day after the former president's body was returned to Zimbabwe from Singapore where he died on September 6.

At the time of the attempted coup in Zimbabwe in 2017, he was ZANU-PF national commissar and mentioned in an interview with the departed president as one of the senior party officials who sought refuge at one of Mr Mugabe's residences.

The family "also observed with shock that the Government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for funeral and burial" which was contrary to Mugabe's wishes, the statement said. "That's the decision of the whole family", his nephew Leo Mugabe told the AFP news agency.

Mugabe's final resting place is still in dispute, with his family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa apparently split over where the former leader's body will be buried on Sunday.

In a statement, the Mugabe family said it was extremely concerned over the way the authorities had made funeral plans "without consulting his immediate family who were tasked with communicating his last wishes in regard to his funeral and burial".

AFP  ZINYANGE AUNTONYMugabe’s wife Grace arrived in Harare with the former leader’s body
AFP ZINYANGE AUNTONYMugabe’s wife Grace arrived in Harare with the former leader’s body

"One of the wishes that the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe indicated was that his wife, Dr Grace Mugabe, MUST NEVER leave the casket bearing his remains for the duration of the funeral proceedings whilst in Zimbabwe up until his mortal remains have been interred". They share Mugabe's bitterness at the way former allies including Mnangagwa conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.

"I will talk to Amai (Grace Mugabe) because there are many issues that we need to discuss,"said Mnangagwa".

On Wednesday, Zimbabweans lined the streets of the capital to catch a glimpse of the hearse as it travelled from the airport to the late president's mansion.

A few thousand people, mostly supporters in ZANU-PF T-shirts, waited to pay respects at the Rufaro Satdium, the same venue where he took his first oath at independence in 1980.

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