By Spy Reporter
Hundreds of Zimbabweans on Wednesday converged to receive the body of Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe, which arrived at the country’s main airport in Harare.
His body arrived at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport shortly after 3.30pm local time (2.30pm BST). Crowds had gathered at the airport well before the scheduled arrival time, with some people wearing T-shirts bearing Mugabe’s face and others with Mnangagwa’s image, while music blared from loudspeakers.
Whereas Mugabe’s will indicates that his last wish was to be buried at his ancestral home, Mnangagwa’s government want to bury him at the national cemetery, something the family doesn’t agree with.
However, controversy still surrounds his final resting place, because it is still a point of dispute between some family members and the government.
Mugabe, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years until overthrown by his own army in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital five days ago.
The fight over where he will be buried is threatening to embarrass his successor as president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and deepen divisions in the ruling Zanu-PF party.
There will be three days of national mourning for Mugabe after which he will be laid to rest on Sunday.