Robert Mugabe’s family says they are shocked at not having been consulted by the government about arrangements for the funeral of the former Zimbabwean president.
Mr. Mugabe’s body is being prepared to lie in state at a football stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. However, there seems to be some disagreement between Mugabe’s family and the government over his final resting place.
Mr Mugabe’s family says his body will be displayed in his home village of Kutama on Sunday night, and will be buried at a private ceremony.
“His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night… followed by a private burial – either Monday or Tuesday – no National Heroes Acre [the national monument for liberation heroes]. That’s the decision of the whole family,” his nephew Leo Mugabe told the AFP news agency.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa had declared Mr. Mugabe a national hero after his death, indicating he should be buried at the national monument.
In a statement, the Mugabe family said it was extremely concerned over the way the authorities had made funeral plans “without consulting his immediate family who were tasked with communicating his last wishes in regard to his funeral and burial”.
Mr. Mugabe’s family is said to be bitter over him being ousted by his former ally Mr. Mnangagwa two years ago.
Mr. Mugabe fired Mr. Mnangagwa in 2017, in what many believed was a way to prepare for Mrs. Mugabe to succeed him.
Source: BBC Africa