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Robert Mugabe to be buried on September 15 amid row over burial site

Robert Mugabe to be buried on September 15 amid row over burial site

Zimbabwe’s government has announced a date for Robert Mugabe’s funeral.

A funeral for the longtime leader will be held on Saturday, September 14th and a burial ceremony will be held the following day.

This announcement comes amid a row over where the former president will be buried. 

A government memo declared the funeral will be at Harare National Sports stadium on Saturday, September 14th but gave no location for the burial to follow the next day. 

Members of the late Mr Mugabe’s family are battling with the ruling Zanu PF party over its plan to bury the former leader in a cemetery for heroes of the liberation war in the capital. 

Mugabe has a grave ready next to his first wife Sally in Heroes Acre, a North-Korea designed graveyard also home to prestigious Zanu PF supporters. 

Robert Mugabe to be buried on September 15 amid row over burial site

However, some of Mr Mugabe’s family want him interred in their rural village in Zvimba district, about 50 miles northwest of Harare. 

“We want him buried here. Heroes, for what?” Mr Mugabe’s cousin, Josephine Jorincha, told AFP in the village of Kutama. 

Mr Mugabe’s nephew, Leo, who is the family’s head of burial preparations, told the Telegraph that he was negotiating with village chiefs over the final site for Mugabe’s burial.  

He said that Mr Mugabe’s toppling in a 2017 coup by his former right-hand man Emerson Mnangagwa had rendered the former dictator ambivalent about being buried in the Zanu PF shrine.  However, Leo said that he believed Mr Mugabe would eventually be buried in Heroes’ Acre. 

He said: “I am sure he will be buried at Heroes’ Acre. We are with the chiefs, we have to consult.”

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Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95.

Mugabe, who was Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, died after battling ill health, his family confirmed.

The current President of Zimbabwe announced his passing on Twitter, writing: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.”

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Mr Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April.

He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017, after being in power for over three decades. 

He served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017