Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe In Private Meeting

Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe In Private Meeting

The family of late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe have accused current head of state Emmerson Mngangagwa of attempting to coerce it to betray his wishes for his burial.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital six days ago aged 95.

A few thousand people, mostly supporters in Zanu-PF T-shirts, waited to pay respects at the Rufaro Satdium, the same venue where he took his first oath at independence in 1980.

Zimbabwe is a failed state.

"We have no idea where we will bury him yet", said Mnangagwa at the Mugabe family home of Thursday.

His family want him to rest in his rural home, but the government has declared him a "national hero" and reserved a grave for him at the Heroes' Acre shrine just outside Harare.

The EFF was one of the first South African political parties to send its condolences to the Mugabe family hours after the news of the former president's death was announced on Friday, 6 September.

But the family said traditional chiefs in his homestead in the Zvimba region should decide where he should be buried.

Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe arrived with his casket

After his body arrived home, though, Mugabe's final burial place became a point of dispute between his family and government. His body was returned back to the capital city of Harare on Thursday.

"His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night... followed by a private burial - either Monday or Tuesday - no National Heroes' Acre [the national monument for liberation heroes]".

"We are gathered here to received his body, we are grieved and we say our honest and deep condolences to the former first lady who has brought the body amai Grace Mugabe with us here and the children who are also here and the immediate family who are here".

Grace Mugabe is expected to stay beside the casket the entire time.

At the airport Wednesday night, Mnangagwa paid tribute to his former ally, calling him an "icon of pan-Africanism" and "the man who created our nation", Sky News reported.

It had always been expected that Mugabe would be buried at Heroes' Acre, a monumental burial location atop a prominent hill featuring a grandiose towering sculpture of guerrilla fighters that Mugabe built with help from North Korea.

However on Wednesday Leo Mugabe told The Associated Press on Wednesday that relations are good between the family and Mnangagwa.

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