Zimbabwe settles row to give Mugabe hero’s burial

(BBC) – Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will be buried in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, his family says, following a row with the government over his final resting site.

Family spokesman and nephew Leo Mugabe says the date is yet to be determined.

Before that there will be a public ceremony at the shrine in the capital on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at Mr Mugabe’s home village.

Mr Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while being treated in Singapore. His body is now lying in state at the Rufaro football stadium in the capital.

Before Sunday’s ceremonies, a state funeral will be held on Saturday. Heads of states of a number of countries are expected.

Leo Mugabe told the BBC that after Sunday’s public ceremony in Harare, Robert Mugabe’s body would return to his home village of Kutama.

Clan chiefs and the family would be allowed to perform their own ceremonies there.

Mr Mugabe would be buried at the National Heroes Acre monument only at a later date, possibly in a month’s time, Leo Mugabe added.

This, he said, would allow time for a shrine to be constructed at the National Heroes Acre monument.

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