After a week of deliberation, Zimbabwean government and the family of Robert Mugabe have agreed on the burial place of the ex-leader.
The remains of the former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, will on Monday be transported to his village of Kutama before burial. The news comes after both parties had a face-off on where to lay the former president to rest.
The family had earlier opposed government decision to lay his remains at the “Field of Heroes”.
The Field of Heroes is a burial ground built by Mugabe for late Zimbabwean presidents and heroes. The family claimed that the long-serving leader has told them before passing on that he would prefer to be buried at his home village.
Finally, it appears the family has bowed to pressure and will allow the former president to be buried at "Field of Heroes. But the body will be taken to his home town of Kutama for final respects.
Kutama is located in the Northwest of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
The family has announced that the body will be taken there to allow them to pay a final tribute.
The former president died last week at the age of 95 in a luxurious Singapore hospital where he had been receiving treatment for years.
He is to be buried within a month at the “Field of Heroes”, a monument in the capital, once a mausoleum has been built in his honour.
Until then, his remains are to be transported on Monday to his house in his native village, Kutama, his native village.
His coffin will be displayed for the people of the village. “He will spend the night there,” a family spokesman, Leo Mugabe, said.
The local tribute was initially scheduled for Sunday but, as traditional leader Raphael Zvikaramba disclosed, the family “needed to rest”.
The details of Robert Mugabe’s funeral have been the subject of intense tensions between his family and Mnangagwa’s government.
Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
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