Body of Robert Mugabe en route from Singapore to Zimbabwe for burial

Late Mugabe

Late Mugabe

Family members of Robert Mugabe, a former president of Zimbabwe who died last Friday, say they do not know where their dead kinsman will be buried.

Mugabe, who enjoyed strong backing from Zimbabwe's people after taking over in 1980, but whose support waned following decades of repression, economic mismanagement and allegations of election-rigging, is expected to be buried on Sunday, state media reported.

His health deteriorated after he was toppled by the military and former loyalists in November 2017, ending an increasingly iron-fisted rule that sent the economy into ruin.

Early Wednesday, a hearse transporting Mugabe's body left a Singapore funeral parlour bound for an airport and accompanied by a police escort, driving past a group of waiting journalists.

Leaders of the African nation, including Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, members of the ruling Zanu-PF party and other senior officials as well as family members attended a service at the Singapore Casket building on Tuesday.

They are due to fly out with his body at around 8.30 am (0030 GMT) Wednesday, said his nephew Adam Molai.

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Mutsvangwa said Mugabe would be buried on Sunday but she did not say where he will be buried, saying more updates will be provided "as more information on the program trickles in". "When you go through an experience of that sort, of course you feel pain".

Zimbabweans have been divided over how to mourn a former leader once hailed as a liberation hero but who later brutally repressed his opponents.

The body will be taken to his rural home before being placed in a giant stadium for public viewing.

Former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has summoned former First Lady Grace Mugabe to State House upon arrival in the country from Singapore.

The Malawi leader is one of several heads of state and former presidents expected to land in Zimbabwe for the funeral on Saturday.

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