A private Catholic mass for Mugabe officiated by a Zimbabwean priest was held at the funeral parlour yesterday and attended by Zimbabweans who arrived to claim the body, including Vice-President Kembo Mohadi.
- The official funeral will be held on Saturday at the giant 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend
- His body will be buried on Sunday, but the location remains unclear
The body of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe will be flown home from Singapore today, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule.
A plane carrying Mugabe’s body left Singapore at 8.50am, the programme of events showed.
Police motorbikes lined up outside the Singapore Casket, a funeral parlour where Mugabe’s body was being held, in a sign that a dignitary would soon be departing.
Mugabe’s body was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe at 3pm today, a family member told Reuters.
Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment. He had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a Nov 2017 coup.
Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.
Mugabe’s family is pushing back against the government’s plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in the Zimbabwe capital Harare and wants him to be interred in his home village, relatives have told Reuters.