Mugabe is revered by some as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, but he is also vilified by others who say he wrecked one of Africa's most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.
But now there seems to be some disagreement between the family and the government over where the man who led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017, should be laid to rest. The relative, speaking from Singapore, asked not to be named.
Mugabe's family is at loggerheads with the Zimbabwean government over where he should be buried. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime. "It is not settled".More news: Former Tigers GM Fired in Boston
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has meanwhile described Mugabe as a "great teacher and mentor" and also declared him a national hero.
"The President immediately gave instructions to the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr Misheck Sibanda, to ensure that the delegation comprising both the Mugabe and Marufu families and party officials and Government representatives depart for Singapore today to support the former First Lady and that a chartered plane must be secured to take them to and from Singapore".
He said the provisional plan was for the burial to be at National Heroes Acre.More news: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joins Google anti-trust investigation
The plane carried Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Mugabe's relatives. Without forgetting to pray for our former president, Comrade Robert Mugabe.
"If a chief dies, the announcement is not like how we announce any other person who is dead".
The 35,000-seater stadium is where Mugabe took his oath of office at a colourful ceremony when colonial Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith handed over the country. Tsitsi Samukange, another churchgoer, said Mugabe should be praised for fighting for his country.More news: IPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10
"Being a Catholic, he tried his level best to live according to Christian values, and I know people have mixed feelings in the way he practised his Christian values", Kennedy Muguti, the vicar general of the archdiocese of Harare, told The Associated Press after the Mass. "We will certainly be giving you more updates as more information on the programme of the burial of our former President and Founding Father trickles in", Minister Mutsvangwa.