Mugabe’s body heads to Zvimba

Mugabe’s body heads to Zvimba 1

By Sharon Munjenjema and Tanyaradzwa Rusike Former President Robert Mugabe’s body is today expected to be taken to Zvimba, to afford people in his home area of Mashonaland West province a chance to bid farewell. 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 Mugabe, who died last week in…

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No apology from Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s nephew says he died a ‘sad man’

No apology from Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s nephew says he died a ‘sad man’ 2

HARARE – Robert Mugabe died a “sad man”, his nephew told a state funeral service attended by two dozen current and retired foreign leaders in Harare on Saturday. Walter Chidakwa fought back tears as he reflected on the former Zimbabwe president’s final days which were coloured by bitterness against his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who conspired to topple him with the help of army generals in 2017. Mnangagwa spoke at Saturday’s service describing Mugabe as a “hero”, but he offered no apology for the coup which Mugabe’s family…

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Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed – PICTURES

Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed – PICTURES 4

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 5

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 6

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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Mugabe burial pushed back by 30 days as mausoleum is built: family

Mugabe burial pushed back by 30 days as mausoleum is built: family 7

HARARE — Robert Mugabe’s burial has been pushed back by at least a month after the family asked for a mausoleum to be built, as a condition for having his remains interred at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Mugabe will be buried in “around 30 days”, Mugabe family spokesman Leo Mugabe said on Friday. “The government and the chiefs went to the Heroes Acre, showed each other where President Mugabe is going to be buried, and that place would take about 30 days to complete,” Leo Mugabe said. “So…

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My debt to Robert Mugabe, the leader of our revolution

My debt to Robert Mugabe, the leader of our revolution 9

ON Friday, September 6, 2019, I woke up to the news that former President Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe was no more. His death was something I dreaded for years as I worked to secure his well-being. This larger-than-life figure in the history of Zimbabwe was but the embodiment of life and longevity. He even aimed to live beyond 100 years. The news of his passing came as a shock, even though he was 95 and had been unwell for some time. The truth is, no matter how much one may…

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Gideon Gono clarifies Mugabe burial

Gideon Gono clarifies Mugabe burial 11

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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Mnangagwa to hold mock Heroes Acre burial for Mugabe on Sunday

Mnangagwa to hold mock Heroes Acre burial for Mugabe on Sunday 12

HARARE – A mock burial will be conducted for former President Robert Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on Sunday – but his actual burial will not be held for several days after, his nephew and family spokesman Leo Mugabe said on Friday. Mugabe’s family is rowing back from comments made a day earlier, ruling out a burial at the hilltop monument which was in contradiction to the government’s burial plans. “The president will be buried at the National Heroes Acre. As to when, that is another question,”…

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Malema takes aim at Mnangagwa as Mugabe loyalists miss his funeral

Malema takes aim at Mnangagwa as Mugabe loyalists miss his funeral 14

SOWETO, South Africa – South African opposition leader Julius Malema on Thursday pleaded with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to allow Robert Mugabe’s exiled loyalists to bury him, telling him: “You can’t be worse than apartheid regime.” Several of Mugabe’s former ministers, driven into exile after the military ended his 37-year rule in 2017, will not be burying him next week, fearing arrest by Mnangagwa’s regime. Malema was speaking at a memorial service for Mugabe organised by his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Soweto. Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, who was youth…

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