Zimbabwe govt dismisses talk of dispute with family over Robert Mugabe's burial

Robert Mugabe to be buried on Sep 15

The location of the burial remains unclear, with Mugabe's family and President Mnangagwa's government apparently at odds over whether it would be at his homestead northwest of Harare or at a shrine for liberation heroes in the capital.

"He was very bitter and it dented his legacy, ... it was not an easy thing for him", Mugabe's nephew said on Saturday.

The ministry did not indicate where Mugabe, who has since been declared a national hero, will be buried.

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Since his death, discussions between his family and the government about how to organize his funeral have been taking place.

The kinsmen want the liberation hero laid to rest at his rural home in the village of Kutama in Mashonaland West province.

This follows after Mugabe family engaged President Mnagangwa on logistics to give the former President a fitting send off.

"Mugabe was a chief and he will be buried in accordance with tradition. We are asking God if there is anything that he did wrong in his life that he be forgiven", the priest told the congregation.


"I think everyone can admit that without the work he did we would not be as independent as we are", she said.

However, in some cases, relatives may opt for another burial place.

A plane has left Zimbabwe for Singapore carrying government officials and relatives to bring home the body of Mr Robert Mugabe, but it was still not clear where the former president would be buried, a family spokesman said yesterday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who worked closely with Mugabe for decades before helping to oust him, granted Mugabe the status of a national hero within hours of his death.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba has told state media that Robert Mugabe's body is expected to arrive in Harare on Wednesday.

Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents. "The times will be advised", the foreign ministry said in a note to all diplomatic missions.

Mugabe, 95, died on September 6 in Singapore where he had been receiving medical treatment since April.

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