Row erupts over Robert Mugabe's funeral after ex-Zimbabwe dictator's death

Mail Online | 9/8/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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Robert Mugabe's family is at loggerheads with the Zimbabwean government over how the former dictator should be buried.

Mugabe's successor Emmerson Mnangangwa wants to bury his predecessor next Sunday in the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop shrine in Harare where a grave is waiting for the former President and his wife Grace.

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But Mugabe is believed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother, denying the politicians and generals who toppled him in 2017 the chance to 'pontificate' over his dead body.

A delegation is expected to leave from Zimbabwe today to collect his body.

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'He died a very bitter man,' family spokesman and nephew Leo Mugabe told reporters at the family's rural home on Saturday.

'Imagine the people that are guarding you, that you trusted the most, turn against you.'

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Mugabe died in hospital in Singapore on Friday at the age of 95, nearly two years after his 38-year rule was ended by a military coup.

According to state-run media, Mugabe's body will arrive back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

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Mnangangwa and family members will receive his body at an airport named after Mugabe in Harare, according to reports.

The body will be taken to his rural home about 50 miles south-west of Harare before being placed in a giant stadium for public viewing.

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Mnangagwa, who described Mr Mugabe as a 'a great teacher and mentor', declared him a national hero, the highest posthumous award in the country.

Mugabe's former ally-turned-foe replaced him as President in 2017 after the Zimbabwean military finally tired of Mugabe and placed him under house arrest.

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Mnangagwa had close ties to the military, who intervened to end the presidential ambitions of Mugabe's wife Grace.

He said official mourning will only end after the burial at the National Heroes...
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