Heroes Acre burial for Mugabe

Heroes Acre burial for Mugabe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will be buried at a monument for national heroes in the capital, Harare, on Sunday, a family spokesman said, as the feud over the funeral appears to have been resolved.

Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans torn over the legacy of a leader once lauded as a colonial-era liberation hero, but whose autocratic 37-year rule ended in a coup in 2017.

Robert Mugabe's family including his wife, Grace (veiled, ) sits and watches on as members of the public view the body of the former president.

But in his twilight years, he became vulnerable and helpless, according to relatives, allies and analysts.

His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned against him, had been at odds over where he would be buried after his body returned home on Wednesday from Singapore.

He said the traditional chiefs in Mugabe's homestead had made that decision.

Mnangagwa had declared Mugabe a national hero after his death, indicating he should be buried at the monument for his role as a founding father.

Soon after, Mugabe was toppled by protesters and the army in what was seen as part of a power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF party between pro-Mnangagwa factions and Mugabe loyalists siding with Grace.

This was said by the Mugabe family spokesperson Mr Leo Mugabe in an interview with Zimpapers Television Network at the Blue Roof mansion this morning.

"The family will have the final say".

"Listening to Leo Mugabe saying certain works will take time, you do get a sense that there's a completely new section of the Heroes Acre that is being created for Mugabe which was not on the initial plan... whole new engineering works", said journalist Xolisani Ncube.

As a result Grace and the family have been clinging onto Mugabe's body since its arrival on Wednesday.

"The obvious situation we are having here is there's only one Robert Mugabe", he told reporters.

Heads of state expected to attend the funeral include China's President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta.



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