Who Will Bury Robert Mugabe, State Or Family?

By Nda Hope Ndeh, In Buea

Barely four days to the burial of former Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, it is still uncertain whether he will be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre or by his family.

His corpse was flown in yesterday from Singapore, where Mugabe died while attaining medical attention.

Government says he will be accorded a state burial at the national heroes’ shrine, but his family disagrees with it.

His body will lie in state at Katuma on Sunday night, followed by a private burial: either Monday or Tuesday — that is the decision of the whole family, his nephew told the media.

Zimbabwe’s Education Minister, Paul Mavhima, has affirmed to the BBC that it is no doubt late Mugabe will be buried by the state, given his huge profile and status as Zimbabwe’s founding father. He added that the decision to bury him at the national shrine is clear and should not be debated.

The body of the late hero will lie in state at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Thursday and Friday. A state funeral is supposed to take place on Saturday before burial on Sunday.

The Mugabe family has expressed concerns that the government is ignoring them in making funeral plans of their late kinsman.

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