Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe will be buried at a national shrine in Harare on Sunday, the Mugabe family spokesman said on Friday, contradicting comments a day earlier which suggested the family was resisting the government's burial plans.
President Uhuru Kenyatta attending funeral service of late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe who died on September 6, 2019.
According to reports some of the Mugabe family's allies have refused to return to their homeland to bury the former statesmen out of fear of being targeted by Mnangagwa's government.
Military officials accompany late former President Robert Mugabe's body into the National Sports Stadium in Harare on 14 September 2019.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was booed by the crowd in the stadium after a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks in South Africa earlier this month that triggered global anger.
They say his body will be buried at the Heroes Acre once the monument is completed.
Thus, in a month or so, the former president will be sealed in a mausoleum near the crest of the hill with the current president expected to play a prominent role.
Though Zimbabwe has been struggling with a deepening economic crisis, massive debts, continuing global isolation and significant domestic opposition to their rule - the fact is that Mugabe had no desire to leave power. Members of the opposition MDC party, who have their own stories to tell of beatings and abductions at the hands of Mr Mugabe's thugs, were surprisingly charitable after the dictator's death.
Mugabe will be buried in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre shrine in Harare in about 30 days
Mugabe primarily was identified as the Marxist and Leninist who successfully led his party ZANU-PF and served the nation from executive office for almost four decades.
Village chiefs had also expressed dissatisfaction at this idea, arguing Mugabe was a Chief who should be buried as one. "I just could not find myself going to console such a family".
His body is now lying in state at the Rufaro football stadium in the capital.
Zhuwao repeated his assertion that the treatment Mugabe received had alienated him from his country of birth, for which he had fought.
In 2017, the long-reigning leader dismissed Mnangagwa's bid to be his first vice president.
"I must say - and I spent lots of time with him - towards the end of his life, he was a sad man", Chidhakwa said. "Our finance minister is trying to implement first-world policies which don't work in third-world countries".
Mpho Balopi, secretary-general, Botswana Democratic Party said: "Comrade Mugabe was one of Africa's most renowned freedom fighters and also one of the founding fathers of what is today known as SADC (the intergovernmental Southern African Development Community, whose head- quarters are in Botswana)".
His government has taken steps to cut the budget deficit, remove subsidies on fuel and power and repeal laws curbing public and media freedoms, but those reforms and austerity measures have compounded ordinary people's hardships.
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