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.