Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Harare, kicking off funeral programme

Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Harare, kicking off funeral programme 1

HARARE – A plane bringing the body of Robert Mugabe back to the country landed at the main airport named after the former president at 3.25PM on Wednesday.

Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first leader who ruled the nation for 37 years until he was ousted by the military in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital on September 6 at the age of 95.

President Emmerson Mnagagwa was at the foot of the charter plane’s steps to welcome Mugabe’s widow, his fierce political rival Grace, who was covered in a black veil.

Speaking to a few hundred people gathered at the airport, Mnangagwa announced that Mugabe would be laid to rest on Sunday. A programme would be announced by the home affairs ministry later in the day, he said.

Mugabe is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, as the fight over where he will be buried threatens to embarrass his successor, Mnangagwa, and deepen divisions in the ruling Zanu PF party.

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Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Harare, kicking off funeral programme 2
Final voyage … The late president Robert Mugabe’s coffin rolling out of a charter plane which flew him from Singapore
Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Harare, kicking off funeral programme 3
Final goodbye … Zimbabweans wait for the arrival of the body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the main airport in Harare, September 11, 2019. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)

Source: Zim Live

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