The body of Mugabe is being flown to the capital, Harare, on Wednesday where it will be displayed at historic locations for several days before burial at a location still undecided because of friction between the ex-leader's family and the government.
He dismissed reports that Mugabe had refused to be buried at the Heroes' Acre, but also refused to say where the burial will take place.
Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo added that government will only talk about the full burial details when Mugabe's family arrives.
President Emmerson Mnagagwa was at the foot of the charter plane's steps to welcome Mugabe's widow, his fierce political rival Grace, who was covered in a black veil.
At home, Zimbabweans have been divided over how to mourn a man once hailed for ridding the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule but who later purged his foes in a campaign of massacres and executions known as the Gukurahundi.
Following his death, Mnangagwa announced Mugabe had been declared a "national hero", flags flew at half mast across Harare and news of his passing was splashed across newspaper front pages.
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On Thursday and Friday, Mugabe's body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Harare so the public can pay their respects.
Of course, the Government ignored our appeal, and Mr Mugabe continued his tyrannical rule on Zimbabwe until the military, which he controlled throughout his tenure as president, finally woke up on November 14, 2017 and placed him under house arrest with his family.
The 35,000-seater stadium is where Mugabe took his oath of office when Ian Smith, the prime minister under the colonial Rhodesian regime, handed over power.
According to Mugabe's nephew, Leo Mugabe, who is also the family's spokesman, Mugabe was a chief and he would be given a traditional burial.
We have often spoken in this space of the vast feeling of pride that swept across Jamaica when the flag of independent Zimbabwe was raised for the first time on April 18, 1980.
His official state funeral will take place at the 60,000-seat venue.