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Mutharika to attend Mugabe's funeral in Zimbabwe

Mutharika to attend Mugabe's funeral in Zimbabwe

The body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in the capital Harare, where it was received by a large government delegation on Wednesday afternoon.

His body arrived at Harare's Robert Gabriel Mugabe worldwide airport shortly after 1330 GMT.

President Mnangagwa said this while addressing thousands of mourners today who gathered at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to welcome the body of the late national hero, Cde Mugabe who died in Singapore last Friday.

His official state funeral will take place on Saturday at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Mnangagwa "has been looking after the president, paying all the bills, sending the charter flight, inviting all the foreign dignitaries - I think he has been extra good", Leo Mugabe said.

A convoy of 4×4 vehicles with number plates bearing the letters "RG Mugabe" and the former leader's signature were also on the runway. According to the source, the family wanted Mugabe to be buried in Zvimba, his rural home where a decision will be made if he is to be buried at the Kutama Roman Catholic Cemetery where his mother, Bona was buried.

Mugabe’s supporters arrived at the airport to welcome his body home
Mugabe’s supporters arrived at the airport to welcome his body home

Mugabe was an ex-guerilla chief who took power in 1980 when Zimbabwe shook off white minority rule.

The MDC said on Wednesday it had postponed its 20th anniversary rally because of Mr. Mugabe's funeral. A programme would be announced by the home affairs ministry later in the day, he said. Mugabe's family and Mnangagwa's government are apparently at odds over whether it would be at his homestead northwest of Harare or at a shrine for liberation heroes in the capital.

Leo Mugabe, Mugabe's nephew and the family's spokesperson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that relations are good between the family and Mnangagwa, but he would not disclose where Mugabe would be buried.

Mugabe's casket was then taken to a nearby military barracks for prayers before going to the family's 25-bedroom home in the posh Borrowdale suburb for an evening gathering. But the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) Mashonaland West chapter has come out guns blazing, declaring that no one should be barred from attending Mugabe's funeral.

Vice-president Constantino Chiwenga, the former general who led the coup that overthrew Mr. Mugabe, was notably absent at the airport.

All that, as we said, was expected. Added Muoni: "We are praying that his soul rest in peace".

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