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Robert Mugabe to be buried next week in his village: Family

Robert Mugabe to be buried next week in his village: Family

Education Minister Paul Mavhima says there is no doubt Mr Mugabe should be buried as a national hero.

After Mugabe's death, his family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared at odds over burying him at the National Heroes Acre in Harare or at a private ceremony likely in the family homestead of Kutama, northwest of the capital.

Mugabe, whose rule ended in a military coup in 2017, died last week aged 95. His body arrived in Zimbabwe from Singapore on Wednesday and was due to lie in state on Thursday.

Farai Dziva|Emmerson Mnangagwa and former First Lady Grace Mugabe will meet to discuss the way forward on the burial of the late former President Robert Mugabe.

The ongoing uncertainty over where Mugabe will be buried has sparked speculation of a disagreement between the government and Mugabe's wife and other family members. "We need to talk to Amai (Mrs. Mugabe) and the family first".

Numerous people have reportedly been injured in a stampede at the viewing event for founding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, as those in attendance jostled in an attempt to see the late leader's body, SADC News has reported.

It will lie in state at Rufaro football stadium for two days, ahead of the state funeral on Saturday.

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Some family members are still bitter over his ouster, and the role his former ally Mnangagwa played.

In a statement, the Mugabe family said it was extremely concerned over the way the authorities had made funeral plans "without consulting his immediate family who were tasked with communicating his last wishes in regard to his funeral and burial".

At the Mugabe residence in Harare she sat by her husband's coffin and was consoled by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Thursday.

Followed by a private burial - either Monday or Tuesday - no National Heroes' Acre. "The decision should be clear, he should go to the national shrine", he told the BBC.

Mugabe hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag and lit the independence flame on April 18, 1980 - bringing hope for a new era after a long insurgency.

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects for the next two days at Rufaro Stadium, where nearly 40 years ago Mr Mugabe raised Zimbabwe's flag of independence ending years of white-minority rule.

"Such an icon, one whose funeral service is going to be attended by nearly 50 current and former heads of state".