Mugabe To Be Buried September 15

Mugabe To Be Buried September 15

Former Zimbabwe President Mugabe died on Friday after spending months in a Singapore hospital.

"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.

"Imagine the people that are guarding you, that you trusted the most, turn against you".

Turning to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Ambassador Ray urged the administration to "put the country back on the track it should have been on from the time they removed him (Mugabe) from office".

"Even now we have livestock we keep in the rural areas because of him, so it's painful to lose our father, our grandfather who helped us to learn and go to school", said Tongai Huni, a fruit vendor.

Zimbabweans still struggle daily to access basic services and supplies, leaving many divided over how to mourn a former leader once hailed as a liberation hero but who later brutally repressed his opponents.

"The government has organised people from all over the country's provinces (to) come and bid their farewell at Rufaro stadium on Thursday and Friday".

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Asked whether Mugabe had been bitter about being ousted, he said: "Everybody is human".

It said heads of state would be expected to leave the stadium immediately after the funeral ceremony because officials would be busy with preparations for the burial.

She said Mugabe will be buried on Sunday but she did not say where, prompting speculation that there is a disagreement between Mugabe's family and the government over his resting place.

"Heads of State/Government are expected to depart immediately after the ceremony, taking into consideration that Government authorities will be fully occupied with preparations for the burial service/ceremony reserved for September 15".

Prior to the military intervention, Chiwenga and other army chief had alleged that Mugabe had become too old and frail to rule and some elements within the ruling party were taking advantage to further their political interests and one such was Moyo, the then Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Minister among other senior officials in the Mugabe cabinet.

As national president, Mr Robert Mugabe did not exercise the role of a traditional ruler, but he held the respected title of traditional chief of Zvimba rural district.

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