By Nda Hope Ndeh, In Buea

The body of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe will be flown from Singapore to the South African nation today.

He died at 95 last week in Singapore, where he had been attaining medical treatment since April.

Media sources say the body is expected in Zimbabwean capital, Harare, at 15:00 (13:00 GMT), from where it will be transported to his native Zvimba area for a night vigil.

Robert Mugabe became pioneer Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980 and later the country’s first president. After 37 years in power, he was forced out of office by the military in 2017.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa described him as a national hero and father of the nation, who deserves a state burial.

Mugabe’s body will be laid in state at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Thursday and Friday.

Before his burial on Sunday, a state funeral will be accorded him on Saturday at the 60.000 seater sport complex in Harare.

Recently, there has been controversy on where Robert Mugabe will be buried. The government of Mnangagwa has said he will be buried at the National Heroes Shrine in Harare reserved for those who fought against colonialism. But sources say the late former president did not want to be buried by the state because, the state members ousted him from power.

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