In Summary
  • There seems to be some disagreement between the family and the government over where the man who led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017, should be laid to rest.
  • Heads of state are being invited to a public ceremony to honour Mr Mugabe, but not to the interment.
  • If he is buried in his rural home, it would be his final snub to the comrades he believed betrayed him.

Former President Robert Mugabe’s remains are due to be returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday and the government has confirmed that his funeral will take place over two days this coming weekend.

Mr Mugabe died, aged 95, in a hospital in Singapore last week.

But now there seems to be some disagreement between the family and the government over where the man who led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017, should be laid to rest.

Some of his relatives want him to be buried in his rural homestead in the village of Kutama in Mashonaland West province, 80km (about 50 miles) west of the capital, Harare.

Most of Zimbabwe’s national heroes - those who fought against white-minority rule - are buried at the Heroes’ Acre shrine just outside Harare.

UNEASE

Inside the gates of Mr Mugabe’s rural home, now manned by just one security guard, a dozen mourners gathered on Sunday to pay their respects.

They sat in small groups, speaking in hushed voices. There was an uneasiness - a sense that all was not well.

In one of the rooms, village elders and clan chiefs were deciding where the statesman should be buried.

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