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Robert Mugabe's body to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday

Robert Mugabe's body to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday”

But Mugabe is believed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother, denying the politicians and generals who toppled him in 2017 the chance to "pontificate" over his dead body.

The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was flown home from Singapore on Wednesday morning, five days after he died in a hospital in the wealthy city-state.

Mugabe was declared a national hero and according to the country's tradition, a person granted that highest honor is supposed to be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Leo Mugabe, Mugabe's nephew, who is the spokesperson for the family confirmed this to Zimlive, a Zimbabwean media outfit.

"The delegation appreciated government support from time of hospitalization and treatment of former President and founding father, Cde Mugabe, right up to the time of his passing on".

"If Mugabe identifies with the sacrifices of the Zimbabwean people for whom he was president, he should go there", the chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters.

On Thursday and Friday, Mugabe's body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in the capital so the public can pay their respects.

The official funeral will be held on Saturday at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend.

"To say there is a feud is not correct, it's not true".

Mugabe's burial is set for September 15 at a place still to be announced.

Zimbabwe president, Emmerson Mnangangwa, who seized power from Mugabe in a military coup in November 2017, wants to bury his predecessor next at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop shrine in Harare.

Mnangagwa is unlikely to attend a national hero's burial in the village, constrained by standing government protocol.

It is reported that Grace will advise the family on the last wishes of Mugabe. Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba could not be reached for comment.



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