Mugabe’s remains received in his Zimbabwe home village

Zimbabwe’s founding president Roberty Mugabe will be buried on on Sunday, September 15, having passed on last week in Singapore, at the age of 95.

Having ruled the Southern African nation for 37 years, until he was ousted by the army in November 2017, Mugabe’s legacy continues to divide opinions at home and abroad.

The government and his family also reportedly involved in discussions over the location of 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.

In this article, we will share the latest news and updates on Mugabe’s final journey into the afterlife.

  • Mugabe’s body arrives in Zimbabwe
  • Plane off to Singapore
  • Burial program announced
  • Declared national hero
  • Reactions and tributes
  • Death announcement

Low-key farewell in Mugabe’s village

The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who died on September 6, arrived in his home village on Monday for a subdued farewell at a dusty sports field after a weekend state funeral with African leaders in the capital.

Mugabe was given a state funeral on Saturday, but the return of his body’s return to his place of birth northwest of the capital was a low-key event.

The brown coffin with silver trimmings was placed under a small white tent surrounded by marquees sheltering about 1,000 people. Another 1,000 had gathered in the midday sun at a business area about 10 kilometres (six miles) from Mugabe’s homestead.

Led by Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Jr and Bellarmine, hundreds of villagers filed past the casket surrounded by wreaths of white flowers.

“He has left a void, a big void. It’s a gap that no one can fill,” Mhedziso Chibatamoto, 44, wearing a red and grey tailored shirt with a portrait of Mugabe.

AFP