Heroes Acre burial for Mugabe

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

In a statement, the family accused Mnangagwa's government of trying to strong-arm them against Mugabe's final wishes.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in 2017, died in a Singapore hospital six days ago, aged 95.

"The family and the tradional leaders have pronounced that he will be buried at the National Heroes Acre...as to when he will be buried there are things that the chiefs want done at the national heroes acre and those will take time".

Leo Mugabe said later there was no feud, claiming the burial would be private.

He dismissed as absolute nonsense reports that President Mnangagwa tried to bribe traditional chiefs from Zvimba to have Cde Mugabe buried at the National Heroes Acre.

The former leader had been travelling to Singapore regularly for medical treatment but allies say his health deteriorated rapidly after his ouster.

Some relatives are still bitter over Mugabe's ouster and the role played by Mnangagwa, a long-time ally who turned against him.

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika bids goodbye to Mugabe
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika bids goodbye to Mugabe

Mugabe fired Mnangagwa as first vice president in 2017 - a move many perceived as an attempt to position his wife Grace to succeed him after almost four decades of iron-fisted rule. Mugabe was overthrown by the military following massive protests.

Grace Mugabe sits at funeral wake of her husband the late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 12, 2019, at the Blue Roof mansion in Harare.

But many Zimbabweans will remember his tyrannical leadership and economic mismanagement that forced millions to escape a country crippled by hyper-inflation and shortages of food, drugs and fuel.

Around 1,000 people gathered in Harare's Rufaro stadium for a second day of public viewing of Mugabe's casket.

Heads of state expected to attend the funeral include China's President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mnangagwa himself is under pressure after promising to attract investment and create jobs in a post-Mugabe era, with little success.

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