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Zimbabwe's Mugabe to Lie in State at 2 Different Stadiums

Zimbabwe's Mugabe to Lie in State at 2 Different Stadiums”

Relatives and government officials attended a mass for Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe in Singapore on Tuesday after arriving in the country where he died to collect his body.

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital aged 95 last Friday.

"Government has today dispatched a delegation headed by Vice President Cde Kembo Mohadi to Singapore and they are expected to accompany the body of Cde Mugabe back home", she said.

The statement did not mention details of where Mugabe would be buried, fueling speculation about his final resting place. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime.

Mugabe is revered by some as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, but he is also vilified by others who say he wrecked one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

If Mr Mugabe is buried in Kutama village, 85km from Harare, it would be a major rebuke to his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the ruling Zanu-PF party which Mr Mugabe helped to found.

In an interview with VOA's Zimbabwe Service, Gumbo, however gives credit to Mugabe for prioritizing education, and giving land to blacks, though he says the process was disorderly.

"Burial is set for the 15th of September 2019, which is on a Sunday".

According to Charamba, Mnangagwa and family members will receive the body at the airport, named after the former president in the capital, Harare.

He ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades until November 2017 when he resigned.

"He was very bitter and it dented his legacy, ... it was not an easy thing for him", Mugabe's nephew said on Saturday. "I hope that the leadership will consider and perhaps rebury that fellow comrade who was working dearly for his country", said Matutu. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet.

Moyo said the Mnangagwa government was being hypocritical in claiming that it was helping the former president foot his medical bills then and now helping with the repatriation of his body.

But the cleric is more sanguine about how the man who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 felt at the end of his long life: "He was ready to go, he was willing to go, he was hoping to go".



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