Mugabe will not be buried at National Heroes Acre, family says

Mugabe will not be buried at National Heroes Acre, family says
Arrival of the body of the late Robert Mugabe. Photo/Courtesy

The late Robert Mugabe will be laid to rest next week at his home in Katuma and not at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, the family has said.

His body arrived on Wednesday at the national airport in Harare and was received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a convoy.

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Taunganidzwa pano kuti titambire our founding father of our nation. The entire nation is grieving. Let’s all come in our numbers as we lay our founding father to rest on Sunday,” the President told mourners at the airport.

Widow Grace Mugabe with her face covered in a heavy black veil, sat next to Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa is remembered to have led a coup that overthrew Mugabe from power in 2017.

The family of former First Lady Amai Mugabe was also at the airport to receive the body.

It arrived on a private flight from Singapore, where he died last week aged 95.

Mugabe’s casket, covered with a Zimbabwean flag, was wheeled to a podium by top military generals, several of whom participated in his ouster.

Supporters chanted songs of liberation in praise of the late Mugabe.

“The doyen of Pan Africanism and father of Mugabeism is back on the land he liberated. This time he comes back to rest with other fellow revolutionaries he led and who are now on the other side yonder,” ZANU–PF said on Twitter.

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