Robert Mugabe's Family, Zimbabwe Wrangle Over Burial At National Monument

Mugabe burial in Zimbabwe 'sometime next week' - family spokesman

George Charamba the Official Presidential Spokesperson shared the presser below.

Mugabe, who died last Friday at the age of 95, has proved troublesome even in death with his family and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa at loggerheads about how his burial should be handled.

"In politics we have had many differences but we are here to reflect on his contribution". Further updates on this and other issues will be done as and when necessary.

"As the immediate family of the late Mugabe, we are ready and willing to work with the government of Zimbabwe to develop a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Mugabe which is in conformance to his wishes on how his mortal remains will be interred".

The family of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe has opposed plans by the government to bury him at the National Heroes' Acre affirming that he will be laid to rest at his Kutama village instead.

Pall bearers carry the casket of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as it arrives at his former Blue Roof residence in Harare.

Mugabe's body touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe global airport at around 1500hrs accompanied by his wife Grace and children, Vice President Kembo Mohadi among other officials who were aboard the gulf plane often used by Mnangagwa on his trips in and outside the country.

The body of the late Mugabe is expected to be hosted to a number of public viewings before the funeral, the first of which is expected to take place on Thursday, at the Rufaro National Stadium, where his body will lie in state for two days.

A portrait of former president Robert Mugabe stands outside the room where his body lies in state. The state preferred the National Heroes' Acre in Harare. His body was returned back to the capital city of Harare on Thursday.

At the airport Wednesday night, Mnangagwa paid tribute to his former ally, calling him an "icon of pan-Africanism" and "the man who created our nation", Sky News reported.

Mugabe hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag and lit the independence flame on April 18, 1980 - bringing hope for a new era after a long insurgency.

Grace Mugabe is expected to stay beside the casket the entire time.

However on Wednesday Leo Mugabe told The Associated Press on Wednesday that relations are good between the family and Mnangagwa.

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