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Robert Mugabe to be buried in his village family says

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The tussle between the Zimbabwean government and Mugabe family over where the late autocratic leader Robert Mugabe will be buried has been settled once and for all by his family-   in his village and not at a national monument for liberation heroes, they said thursday.

The former leader will be buried next week.

The family of the late leader and Zimbabwean government have been at loggerheads over whether he would be buried in his homestead in Kutama, northwest of Harare, or at the National Heroes Acre in the nation’s capital.

But the family insisted that only traditional chiefs in his homestead in the Zvimba region makes the decision concerning his final resting place.

 

Prior to the decision by his family, the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa had declared the late Mugabe as a hero, and so should be buried at  the national monument, but obviously this isn’t going to happen.

There is also undercurrent of resentment on the part of the Mugabe family over the role incumbent  president Emmerson Mnangagwa played in the 2017 oust from office of his late predecessor.

 

“His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night.. followed by a private burial — either Monday or Tuesday — no National Heroes Acre. That’s the decision of the whole family,” his nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP.

Mugabe’s state funeral holds on Saturday in Harare.

The former leader died last week in Singapore after a protracted illness.

 

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