Zimbabwe: Row over Robert Mugabe’s Resting Place

A row is allegedly brewing over the burial arrangements of former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, who passed away last week at the age of 95.

Mugabe – who presided over the southern African country from 1980 to 2017 – died at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore last Friday, 6 September. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

His remains are set to be returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 11 September, and his funeral is scheduled to take place some time over the weekend.

It has been suggested that government officials plan to bury Mugabe in the National Heroes’ Acre. Located outside the capital of Harare, it is a burial ground that commemorates Zimbabwe’s heroic icons.

However, the deceased statesman’s family members instead want him to be buried in his rural homestead – the village of Kutama in Mashonaland West province.

Although his nephew, Leo Mugabe, denied that there was a disagreement with the government over the burial arrangements, he admitted that his uncle died a “bitter man” after being deposed by the military in 2017.

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