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Relatives fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe home — RTHK

Relatives fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe home — RTHK

"Heads of State/Government are expected to depart immediately after the ceremony taking into consideration that Government authorities will be fully occupied with preparations for the burial service/ceremony reserved for Sunday15 September 2019", it said.

Chris Sambo, a former soccer administrator who used to arrange matches for Mugabe in Kutama, said the southern African country's Catholic community had lost one of its most important members.

But Mugabe is believed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother, denying the politicians and generals who toppled him in 2017 the chance to "pontificate" over his dead body.

In this article, we will share the latest news and updates on Mugabe's final journey into the afterlife.

Family members and officials arrived in Singapore, where he was treated for several months before dying, early Tuesday on a chartered flight.

The plane carried Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Mugabe's relatives.

"His remains are expected on Wednesday afternoon (in Zimbabwe)". But you should also take into account the family's wishes.

On arrival, Mugabe's body will be taken straight to his rural village in Kutama, in Zvimba district, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of the capital Harare, for an overnight wake.

But when pressed on where Mugabe would be buried, he was non-committal.

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"Mugabe was a chief and he will be buried in accordance with tradition".

"If a chief dies, the announcement is not like how we announce any other person who is dead. I also don't know", he said.

In some parts of Zimbabwe, burials of chiefs are a secret affair and people are told about the resting place only afterwards.

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's body will lie in state at two different stadiums in the capital for three days before he is buried Sunday, the information minister said Monday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who worked closely with Mugabe for decades before helping to oust him, granted Mugabe the status of a national hero within hours of his death.

Many Harare residents said they were saddened by Mugabe's death and that it marked the end of an era.

Others expressed anger that Mugabe had left the economy in a sorry state, with hyperinflation and mass unemployment.

Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment.

He ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades until November 2017 when he resigned.


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