Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed – PICTURES

Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed – PICTURES 1

By Andrew Meldrum and Farai Mutsaka | AP | African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe’s founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. Members of the public sing as they gather in the stands for the funeral service of former president Robert Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. African heads of state and envoys are…

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Foreign leaders, supporters bid farewell to Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

Foreign leaders, supporters bid farewell to Zimbabwe’s Mugabe 2

By Alexander Winning | Reuters | Foreign leaders, supporters and ordinary citizens were attending the state funeral on Saturday of Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe, after a week of disputes over his burial that threatened to embarrass his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The casket of former president Robert Mugabe is carried by the presidential guard to an air force helicopter for transport to a stadium where it will lie in state, at his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The ongoing uncertainty of the burial of…

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Mugabe to be buried in 30 days, at new mausoleum

Mugabe to be buried in 30 days, at new mausoleum 3

By Andrew Meldrum | AP | The burial of Zimbabwe’s founding president, President Robert Mugabe , will be delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built at a prominent spot at the national Heroes’ Acre monument, the latest turn in a dramatic tussle between his family and the country’s current leader, a once-trusted deputy who helped oust Mugabe from power. A mourner weeps after viewing the coffin with former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, where the…

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Gideon Gono clarifies Mugabe burial

Gideon Gono clarifies Mugabe burial 4

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, a close friend to the Mugabe family, has clarified that Sunday’s burial of former President Robert Mugabe is not a private event. Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, a close friend to the Mugabe family Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, a close friend to the Mugabe family Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, a close friend to the Mugabe family Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, a close friend to the Mugabe family…

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Shaun Matsheza: The persistent myth of a complex Mugabe

Shaun Matsheza: The persistent myth of a complex Mugabe 5

By Shaun Matsheza | Ilizwi263 | “A man finds a village dying of thirst, then digs a well. Soon after that he squats over it and defecates in it. Will you still thank him for discovering water?” – Mbonisi Zikhali Then President Canaan Banana and then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe I thought I was done with Bob after those tense weeks in November, 2017. I really did. I processed my feelings towards the man and relegated him to the irrelevant actor that he became in his last days. However, I…

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Chaos at viewing of Mugabe’s body as stampede erupts – PICTURES

Chaos at viewing of Mugabe’s body as stampede erupts – PICTURES 6

Numerous people have reportedly been injured in a stampede at the viewing event for founding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, as those in attendance jostled in an attempt to see the late leader’s body, SADC News has reported. Several people injured as people stampede to see Mugabe’s body.#RIPRobertMugabe pic.twitter.com/uHsrYmGIOQ — SADC news (@NewsSadc) September 12, 2019 Prior to this, it was reported that Mugabe’s body had arrived at Rufaro Stadium in Harare where the ceremony is taking place on Thursday afternoon. Earlier, the body was taken to Mugabe’s Harare villa, known…

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Tendai Chabvuta: Robert Gabriel Mugabe made his Heroes Acre he must lie in it!

Tendai Chabvuta: Robert Gabriel Mugabe made his Heroes Acre he must lie in it! 8

By Tendai Chabvuta | Follow his Blog | Robert Gabriel Mugabe is gone. A lot of mixed emotions from many and rightly so because the man was an embodiment of all that was good and all that was evil. Opinions about his service to Africa, the world and Zimbabwe differ with such polarizing feelings its perplexing. A portrait of former president Robert Mugabe stands outside the room where his body lies in state inside his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Zimbabwe’s founding leader Robert…

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Mugabe’s family say burial “sometime next week”, ceremony private

Mugabe’s family say burial “sometime next week”, ceremony private 9

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | AP | Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe will be buried “sometime next week”, a family spokesman said on Thursday, but it remained unclear where he would be interred amid disagreement between his family and government over the funeral plans. Grace Mugabe, widow of Robert Mugabe, gets into a car after a ceremony at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in November…

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Uncertainty in Zimbabwe on Mugabe’s burial eclipses mourning – PICTURES

Uncertainty in Zimbabwe on Mugabe’s burial eclipses mourning – PICTURES 10

By Andrew Meldrum and Farai Mutsaka | AP | Zimbabwe’s president and the family of former president Robert Mugabe are in discussions Thursday to decide where the deceased leader will be buried. Nelson Chamisa, left, leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe, consoles Grace, wife to former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe at his residence in Harare, Thursday Sept. 12, 2019. Zimbabwe’s founding leader Robert Mugabe made his final journey back to the country Wednesday, his body flown into the capital amid the contradictions of his long, controversial rule. (AP…

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Few turn out as Mugabe is returned to a Zimbabwe in crisis – PICTURES

Few turn out as Mugabe is returned to a Zimbabwe in crisis – PICTURES 11

By Andrew Meldrum and Farai Mutsaka | AP | Zimbabwe’s founding leader Robert Mugabe made his final journey back to the country Wednesday, his body flown into the capital amid the contradictions of his long, controversial rule. Grace Mugabe, widow of Robert Mugabe, gets into a car after a ceremony at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s closest ally and vice president before joining the military-led effort to oust him in 2017, addressed the airport gathering…

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