President Mnangagwa reveals Robert Mugabe’s final burial will be held in October

The tussle between President Mnangagwa and Robert Mugabe’s family over his burial has been put to rest as is final burial is set to hold in October.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has confirmed that the final burial for Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Mugabe, will be held at the National Heroes Acre sometime in October 2019.

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s burial will be held in “around 30 days” at a monument for national heroes in the capital, Harare, a family spokesman said.

On Thursday, the family had said that the former Zimbabwe president, whose body was flown back from Singapore on Wednesday, would be buried in his home town in a private ceremony. The family said they would prefer to honour Mugabe’s wishes and have him buried next to his mother in his rural home in Kutama, about 85 kilometres from Harare.

But on Friday, family spokesman Leo Mugabe said it had been decided the deceased would be buried at Heroes Acre after consultations with influential traditional chiefs.

“The government and the chiefs went to the Heroes Acre, showed each other where President Mugabe is going to be buried, and that place would take about 30 days to complete,” Leo told reporters at the family’s Blue Roof house.

“So what that means is the burial will take that long,” he added.

Leo said that an official ceremony would be followed by a private family event at the monument to heroes of the liberation war against white minority rule.

Mugabe’s body was returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday from Singapore, where he died at the age of 95. The former president has been lying in state in Harare since Thursday after the government announced three days of national mourning. His body was on view at Rufaro Stadium for a second day on Friday.

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