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.

On arrival in Zimbabwe, Mugabe's body is expected to be taken to One Commando army barracks, although the family is said to be intensely opposed.

His health deteriorated after he was toppled by the military and former loyalists in November 2017, ending an increasingly tyrannical rule that sent the economy into ruin.

Family members and officials are due to fly out from Singapore with Mugabe's body on Wednesday.

"It just left now", he said by phone from the plane as it took off, with the noise of the aircraft audible in the background.

The delegation from Zimbabwe arrived on Tuesday and attended a private Catholic mass for Mugabe at the funeral parlour, which was officiated by a Zimbabwean priest.

Despite being loathed by the West, Mugabe has dominated their news pages since his death in Singapore on Friday.

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Zimbabweans have been divided over how to mourn a former leader once hailed as a liberation hero but who later brutally repressed his opponents.

The body will be taken to Mugabe's rural home before being placed in a stadium for public viewing.

A Zimbabwe state newspaper said his body would return to the country on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's information minister said Mugabe's body will lie in state at two stadiums in Harare for three days.

The family of Mugabe was pushing back against the government's plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare and wants him to be buried in his home village instead, relatives had told Reuters. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet.

"The chiefs in Zvimba still regard him as a chief and in terms of tradition they are the ones that determine where is he going to be buried, how is he going to be buried, the procedures that must be followed in his burial".