Relatives fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe home — RTHK

Govt officials family fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe's body to Zimbabwe

Govt officials family fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe's body to Zimbabwe

Authorities in Harare released a statement on Monday detailing how former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, who died last week.

"The body is expected in Zimbabwe, Harare airport, anytime on Wednesday, 11 September 2019".

Mr. Mugabe died, aged 95, in a hospital in Singapore last week.

The 35,000-seater stadium is where Mugabe took his oath of office at a colourful ceremony when colonial Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith handed over the country.

Mugabe's nephew and family spokesman Leo Mugabe said the decision has been left to elders and traditional chiefs in Mugabe's village of Kutama located about 100 kilometers northwest of Harare.

"I will always remember the vast, enormous contribution he made not only to the people of Zimbabwe but to the people of Africa", he said.

In November 2017, Mugabe was deposed of from power by the army which was then led by Chiwenga and during a tension-filled two weeks which changed the political dynamics of the country.

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The Zanu-PF Politburo immediately convened a meeting and declared Cde Mugabe a national hero, a status President Mnangagwa said the late departed hero earned and richly deserves.

Other members of the delegation are Cde Mike Bimha, Gabriel Mugabe, Albert Mugabe and Chief Karigamombe.

A top government official has brushed aside speculation that there was a dispute between the government and the Mugabes over where the former president should be buried on Sunday.

Mugabe is revered by some as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, but he is also vilified by others who say he wrecked one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

In an interview with VOA's Zimbabwe Service, Gumbo, however gives credit to Mugabe for prioritizing education, and giving land to blacks, though he says the process was disorderly.

According to the country's tradition, national heroes and heroines are buried at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop in the capital Harare; although families may opt for another burial place. "We are asking God if there is anything that he did wrong in his life that he be forgiven", the priest told the congregation.

On Saturday, a funeral service will be held at the National Sports Stadium before burial a day later.

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