Robert Mugabe | Body to lie in state for two days


"President Mugabe did not die in Zimbabwe because of Emmerson Mnangagwa, when President Mugabe spoke with members of the family, members of his immediate family, he gave them specific instructions on what should happen at his funeral and at his burial", said Zhuwawo.

Many of Mugabe's relatives oppose government plans for the funeral and burial of the man who ruled the country for almost 40 years before he was ousted in a military takeover in 2017.

The 95-year-old former leader died on September 6 at a hospital in Singapore where he was being treated for prolonged illness, the BBC reported.

Security has been strengthened at the local stadium where former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is lying in state after mayhem broke out when members of the public invaded the pitch where the casket is stationed.

Mourners holding a portrait of the late former president Robert Mugabe in Zvimba communal lands, Mashonaland West. He hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag and lit the independence flame on April 18, 1980 - bringing hope for a new era after a long insurgency.

A meeting on Thursday between Mugabe's family and officials at his home in Harare ended without agreement.

Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao said this during a memorial service hosted by the EFF in Orlando East, Soweto, on Thursday.

His violent seizure of white-owned farms helped ravage the economy, sent foreign investors fleeing and turned Mugabe into an global pariah - even if his status as a liberation hero still resonates in Africa.

His body arrived in Zimbabwe on Wednesday and worldwide dignitaries will bid farewell to the former Zimbabwe leader at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.

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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 his wife Grace.

Asked by ZimLive if Leo Mugabe was no longer the family spokesman, Zhuwao said: "Leo speaks for the (traditional) chiefs and the whole extended family".

The casket is to be taken to Rufaro Stadium in Harare's poor Mbare neighbourhood and then to Zvimba, Mugabe's birthplace 85 kilometres northwest of the capital, where it is expected to stay overnight.

"I am here to do the African thing that is pay honour", said Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party.

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.

"In politics we have had many differences but we are here to reflect on his contribution". His body was returned back to the capital city of Harare on Thursday.

Mutharika is expected to depart through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

"Why do they want to pontificate over him when they did not want him in Zanu-PF?"