Zimbabwe's Mugabe to Lie in State at 2 Different Stadiums

Govt officials, family fly to Singapore to bring Mugabe's body to Zimbabwe

The body of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe who died last week, is expected to be repatriated from Singapore on Wednesday.

The Mugabe family requested that the President extends the same assistance to the family to get more members of both Mugabe and Marufu family to travel to Singapore to share in the grief with the former First Lady, Grace and assist with the overall arrangement of the repatriation of the body of the late Mugabe.

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried next Sunday, state media reported. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has meanwhile described Mugabe as a "great teacher and mentor" and also declared him a national hero.

Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

In an interview with VOA's Zimbabwe Service, Gumbo, however gives credit to Mugabe for prioritizing education, and giving land to blacks, though he says the process was disorderly.

In death, Mugabe received praise from his former political and military allies, who propped up his rule for close to four decades before forcing him out in 2017.

He was not available for comment after Reuters saw the government memo or after it spoke to the three other Mugabe relatives.

The ex-president's ruling party, Zanu-PF's spokesman, Simon Khaya Moyo told CNN that Mugabe should be buried at the National Heroes' Acre Monument in Harare unless his family opposes the decision.

"I will always remember the huge, immense contribution he made not only to the people of Zimbabwe but to the people of Africa", he said.

"Mugabe died not only out of office but also out of the country with the attendant indignity in Singapore where, despite government claims that he was being accorded State facilitation and assistance, his regular mode of transport there was uber taxis, as he had to make do with very little", he claimed. Tell Hivisasa and we will share with the world.

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