The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was en route from Singapore to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule issued by his embassy and flight data.
A coffin carrying the body Robert Mugabe arrives at the RG Mugabe International Airport, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 11, 2019.
Dozens of state officials converged at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to receive his body.
The hearse carrying the body of the late Robert Mugabe
He dismissed reports that Mugabe had refused to be buried at the Heroes' Acre, but also refused to say where the burial will take place.
A woman wearing a dress with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, joins with others to sing political songs of his ZANU-PF party, at his house in his home village of Kutama, in Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. But some family members said he should be buried at his birthplace, according to Zimbabwean traditions.
But some of Mr. Mugabe's relatives have pushed back against that plan.More news: Kentucky on guard as illnesses tied to vaping spreads
It said: "Notwithstanding our legendary differences with Mr Mugabe, we have no reason to exhibit barbarity by hosting a national festivity during his funeral". The list, the source claimed, included Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, who announced the coup, Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri and her deputy Victor Matemadanda, among the list dominated by some top military personnel.
Mnangagwa and his party want Mugabe buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against the white minority Rhodesian regime.
"If it has been decided by the chiefs, they have not told me", the ex-president's nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP. The former leader's body was expected to be taken there on Thursday, as well as to a stadium in the capital's poor Mbare neighbourhood for public viewing before being moved Saturday to the National Sports Stadium, where African heads of state, dignitaries and the public will attend a service.More news: Taylor Swift suspect charged in Trump golf course damage
Mugabe's casket was then taken to a nearby military barracks for prayers before going to the family's 25-bedroom home in the posh Borrowdale suburb for an evening gathering. "The family members are bitter over some remarks made by some people which they claim forced Mugabe to die early because he was a bitter man", the official said. Robert Mugabe was called everything from a liberator to a tyrant. Added Muoni: "We are praying that his soul rest in peace". Chief Secretary in the Office of the President Misheck Sibanda yesterday said Mugabe will be missed by the generality of Zimbabweans, describing him as a true son of the soil.More news: Ship overturns near Georgia port; 4 crew members missing