Body of Zimbabwe`s Robert Mugabe to leave Singapore for burial at home

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One factor that could help Mnangagwa's delegation, which is led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, is that Mugabe's family is divided over where the former president should be laid to rest.

Police escorting the vehicle Wednesday morning said the convoy was heading to the airport.

Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment.

The late leader of Zimbabwe died on the 6th of September, 2019, after ruling the country for over three decades.

On Thursday and Friday, Mugabe's body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in the capital so the public can pay their respects. His burial is scheduled on Sunday.

Mugabe's body was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 3pm (1300 GMT), a family member told Reuters.

There have been disagreements between the Mugabe family and the government over Mugabe's burial with the former advocating for him to be buried at his rural homestead in Zvimba. First is where the former president is going to be buried, there's still no agreement on that.

He will be buried on Sunday but the location remains unclear.

The official funeral will be held on Saturday at the giant 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend.

Global and African dignitaries will bid farewell to the former Zimbabwe leader at a funeral on Saturday at the National Sports Stadium before final burial on September 15. "If the founding father of Zimbabwe wasn't buried at National Heroes Acre, it would set a very bad precedent and tarnish the image of the head of state".

"The third and final issue is that there is a push from Zanu PF supporters in the provinces who say owing to travel costs it is better for Mugabe's body to be taken to all 10 provinces before burial".

A senior ZANU-PF politburo member, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said there were lessons to be learned. Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba could not be reached for comment.

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